Fake Food = Fake Health.
You may have given up the junk food, but what about the fake food? Is there a difference? When we think of junk food we usually picture Twinkies, potato chips, and candy bars. But fake foods are everywhere. They are found on the shelves and in the frozen food section of countless grocery stores, and this includes popular beverages. Preservatives, artificial flavors, and artificial colors are all synthetic ingredients that have become “normal” to consume. But, there’s nothing normal about eating chemicals from petro-based, GMO, or de-natured ingredients.
Real Food = Real Health.
When you focus on real food your metabolism and cells are freed up to function on a higher level, which makes weight loss, glowing skin, emotional wellbeing, and overall vitality so much easier. You are what you eat. So, learn to eat well! How do you navigate away from fake foods and towards real food? Memorizing a myriad of artificial ingredients is too complicated and impractical so follow these 5 simple rules:
1. Buyer beware at conventional supermarkets and convenient stores. Look for fresh produce, grains, and packaging that say, “All-natural” and/or “Certified Organic.”
2. Know that the more packaged the food is the more likely it is to contain fake or questionable ingredients. This can apply to food even at Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods.
3. Go for simplicity. Long ingredient lists are often a red flag.
4. If you can’t pronounce it, recognize the name, or picture what it looks like while growing, you probably don’t want to be ingesting it.
5. Check out the app, Don’t Eat That, an A-Z resource tool. It not only explains what monoglycerides and a plethora of other things found in food are, but it also provides specific categories such as Carcinogens, Allergies, Genetically Modified, Kids And Pregnancy, and more.
BONUS: Here’s a perfect example of fake foods. Top companies are implying that their muffin mixes, cereals, bagels, and other foods have blueberries in them. If you read the ingredient list you’ll find that much of the time the “blueberries” are just refined sweeteners, artificial (a.k.a. chemical) colors, and hydrogenated/partially hydrogenated oils.