I went on a pretty fast walk. Definitely worked up a sweat.
Hope your first day went well! I would love to hear about it. Also, keep it up! :)
Alright, today I want to talk to y'all about something very important. I went to the Whole Foods for the first time and I loved it (that's not the important part)! It's definitely one of those stores to get lost in. And honestly, it's one of those stores where you think everything is healthy because...it's WHOLE FOODS! Well, that's not quite true.
Now for the important part:
I once heard or read somewhere that it's best to shop on the outskirts of a grocery store. I seriously keep that in mind every time I go to the store now. It's so true! Think about it...fruits, veggies, poultry, meat, milk, eggs, toilet paper, it's everything that is best for our bodies!
And then think about what's filled on the inside aisles.... Cookies, canned foods, frozen entrees, Lucky Charms, Cheetos, processed, processed, and processed.
So here's the first little change you can do, try making 90% or more of your grocery shopping on the outskirts of the store. Fresh food, fresh you!
If you do decide to go to the inside aisles (I know, I know, those Goldfish can be tempting), think about this first:
- I read a book about clean eating and it talked a lot about ingredients in foods. Of course clean eaters eat pretty much anything that's not processed, but when they do, it said to make sure there are less than 6 ingredients in the product. So think like a clean eater, try and aim for less ingredients!
- If you can't pronounce a word in the ingredients, then I wouldn't trust it.
insinuate, disodium guanylate, modified cornstarch). They are linked to skin rashes, nausea, migraine headaches, heart irregularities, seizures, and bone loss
- Enriched flour: it's found in a lot of snack foods. It is bleached and lacks nutrients. The body treats it as a refined starch. The 'enrichment' is used with a metallic form of iron. Say whattt?
- Soybean oil: found in salad dressings. It's a GMO (genetically-modified) that can have a negative impact on our health.
- Propylene glycol alginate (E405): used as a food thickener. It is also used to in automative antifreezes and airport runway de-icers.
- Polysorbate 60 (polyoxyethylene-(20)-sorbitan monostearate): found in baked goods products and liquid products... it's made of corn, palm oil, and petroleum. Yuck.
- Colors/Dyes (colorants): comes from coal tar, and can contain lead and arsenic.
- High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS): can cause tissue damage that may lead to obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. Nearly half of tested samples of HFCS contained mercury.
These are just a few of the MANY terrible ingredients found in the foods we eat. A little change in your ingredients can make a BIG difference! The ingredients you never think to look at can really be hurting your body physically and mentally! Help your body out, read the labels. A good app for finding out what processed foods are okay or not is Fooducate. You can scan the items in the store with this app. It's pretty cool and very helpful!
So with all of that being said, even though I was at Whole Foods and pretty much everything is organic and healthy, I still checked the labels to make sure my body was getting the proper ingredients to live a healthier and happier life style!