Healthy eating can be quite simple if we allow it to be. Here’s why we should stick to the basics like the Amish in regards to our food.
What the heck is this girl talking about? Taking a clue from the Amish? Yep yep. Take a clue. It’s called eating real food and not eating food’s genetically modified cousin. How do you know if you’re getting real food? I’m so glad you asked!
Read Food Labels
Easy right? Yes, it’s that easy. Check out what is actually in your food. Reading food labels is the one game changer that can take your diet (remember that diet means what you eat, not ‘I’m on a diet’) to the next level.
Here are 4 quick and easy tips on what to look for in the food you eat.
The Ninja Ingredient
You would not BELIEVE what has added sugar in it. Things that are naturally sweet get sugar added to them! Growing up I always saw my mom read labels and she taught me to do the same. However, for the first few years out of the house, I didn’t care so much. Fast forward to when I started reading labels again and I found sugar in dang near everything.
There is so much science that goes into why sugar messes up everything. It slows metabolism, messes up your sleep, etc. What’s crazy is that our society has an addiction to sugar and we don’t even realize it!
Pronunciation is Key
Anybody ever read a food label and come across a word (or 12 words) that looks like this? Rfalkwjfvl and you think what the heck is that? Yep, nobody knows except the scientist that made it up somewhere in the lab for nobody knows what reason. Look for ingredients you can pronounce and know what those ingredients are. Natural and Organic ingredients are better for you.
Less is More
Remember! If you’re buying a yummy steak, the ingredients need to be minimal and the number one ingredient should be – shocker- STEAK! Or if you’re getting a bag of rice to cook, number one ingredient should be RICE. I know this one seems so trivial and obvious, but I guarantee you that if you go look in your cabinet or fridge/freezer you will be stunned at what you find in there!
Example- Something that stunned me when hunting for good baby food for my little guy was the number of things in the baby aisle that had the claims as “good for baby!” or “healthy first foods!” but when I flipped it over to check the ingredients, there were not only things I couldn’t pronounce but things in a jar of peas that should never have been in a jar of peas.
Same goes for “big people” food! If you’re grabbing a frozen veggie bag, flip it over really quickly to make sure that you’re actually getting the veggies and not their genetically modified cousins!
Fresh is Best
When in doubt, grab the fresh stuff. Yes, it goes bad quicker but that is the point! I make a trip to the grocery store once a week because that is all the longer our produce will last. Meat is frozen as soon as it gets home unless I am cooking it that night because the preservatives on it are minimal!
A good family friend said this to David and I: “I couldn’t believe the difference when we switched to fresh chicken vs. getting the frozen bag from the freezer section. I lost my ‘man boobs’ without even trying!”
Great example of why fresh is best, y’all. Need help on how to eat healthy? Check out my other post, How to Make Healthy Eating not Boring!
Or you can grab this cookbook on Amazon I’ve talked about before for healthy eating recipes that don’t take 3 days to cook!
One of my favorite financial gurus Dave Ramsey said “Financial behavior is 80% behavior and 20% head knowledge” Same goes for food! You can know all of the right things all day long, but unless you act on them, you’ll never reach your goals!
There you have it. That’s why we should take a clue from the Amish in regards to our eating, they eat real food.