I’ve been toying with the idea of cleaning up my diet.
My family eats a lot of prepackaged, processed foods. It’s just so darn convenient to reach into the pantry and pull out Cheez-Its (reduced fat, of course) to pack in my mouth the kids’ lunches.
I just got finished reading Master Your Metabolism by none other than, your friend and mine, Jillian Michaels of Biggest Loser and 30 day Shred fame.
Really, does she need any other introduction?
Anyway, she brings up a good point about the foods we choose to fuel our bodies with. To sum up what she’s talking about, I’m going to give you two lists of ingredients and you tell me which one sounds like it’s something you want going in your body:
Granola (whole grain rolled oats, brown sugar, crisp rice [rice flour, sugar, salt, malted barley extract], whole grain rolled wheat, partially hydrogenated soybean and cottonseed oils with TBHQ and citric acid added to preserve freshness and/or sunflower oil with natural Tocopherol added to preserve freshness, dried coconut, whole wheat flour, sodium bicarbonate, soy lecithin, caramel color, nonfat dry milk), semisweet chocolate chips (sugar, chocolate liquor, cocoa butter, soy lecithin, vanilla extract), corn syrup, crisp rice (rice flour, sugar, barley malt, salt), invert sugar, sugar corn syrup solids, glycerin, partially hydrogenated soybean oil. Contains 2% or less of soribitol, calcium carbonate, salt, water, soy lecithin, molasses, natural and artificial flavor, BHT (preservative), citric acid
oats, wheat germ, sunflower seeds, peanuts, brown sugar, honey, butter, vanilla extract, Kosher salt, dried fruit
Both of these are granola bars, but which one would you choose to eat?
I think I need to shift my focus from the points value of the convenience foods I AM eating to the nutritional value of the foods I SHOULD BE eating.
When was the last time you stopped and read the ingredients on the foods you are eating, instead of just reading the calories, fat or fiber?
I’m thinking 2010 might be the year of clean(er) eating for me. Are any of you thinking of making similar changes in your diet?
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