Journey Through The 10 Commandments
1. Let the ingredient list guide you
Pick up the product you’re about to buy, turn it around and read the ingredients first NOT the nutritional facts. If you understand the ingrediets, then you’ll understand where the sugar/protein/carbs are coming from. After you understand the ingredients then look at the nutritional facts to make sure they meet any other lifestyle you are following.
2. Go Organic/Non GMO
3. Watch out for deceptive marketing
Go wild/grass fed/pasture raised when shopping for sh, meat and eggs. There are many terms like sustainably caught sh, grass fed beef, cage-free eggs etc. that are being bantered about. Get the facts; sustainable and farm raised (or fresh) aren’t the same, grass fed is different from grass fed (start to finish). Cage-free eggs are not the same as pastured.
4. Grow your own!
5. Shop Local Farmers Markets
6. Educate yourself, Stay informed
7. Ask questions!
Get your ‘Colombo’ on. Okay that reference might be dating us, he’s the inquisitive detective from the 70’s, but you get the drift. Ask what’s organic, wild, grass-fed and the types of oils they use. Then you can decide if you want to order that dish or switch to something safer such as grilled protein and steamed veggies.
8. Get Moving/Stay Active
9. Don’t succumb to peer pressure
The number of times I heard, oh I didn’t want to hurt their feelings so I ate the ‘cupcake’ ( ll in the blank), or he loves to buy me treats so I don’t want to say no. I’m here to tell you, it’s okay to say no, preferably no thank you, and then follow it up with telling your significant other or friend or co-worker what you’d prefer as a treat/gift. If someone was an alcoholic, ‘friends’ generally would not persist on offering alcohol to that person, food sensitivities/allergies/addictions aren’t that different. Point that out!
10. Lead by example
When you adopt the clean eating lifestyle, involve your family. Cook/bake with the kids, explain the ingredient list from conventional prepared foods and discuss how a lot of processed foods contain many chemicals that are harmful and will continue to harm us long term. Present comparable alternatives and then compare ingredient lists. Join and engage with clean eating facebook groups, meetups, and local communities.