Read What You Eat

Read What You Eat

When was the last time you flipped over what you were about to eat and read the nutrition label on the back? It’s important not only to check the nutrition label but also to read the ingredients. The ingredients of the foods you eat determine if you should actually eat them or not. As a good rule, the fewer ingredients something has, the more likely you should put it into your body. For example, if you’re looking at bread and it has a lot of words you can’t pronounce and “bleached flour,” stay away. Find a bread that has minimal ingredients, like organic whole wheat, sourdough, water, and sea salt, and where you can pronounce everything in it!

Next time you’re at the grocery store, take a little extra time to inspect all of the ingredients of the foods you normally eat. You might be shocked at all the ingredients in them and hopefully find better options!

While I am not a nutritionist but a nutrition coach, I keep up with what the nutritionists of the world are talking about. A lot of it has to do with the oils big companies are putting in foods. I personally stay away from oils such as “canola, sunflower, safflower, soybean, corn, peanut, and vegetable oils.” These oils are processed at high heats, which can potentially make them bad for us in the long term. I stick to avocado oils, olive oils, and coconut oils. Even tallows and butters are more ideal than the oils I mentioned above.

With all of this being said, a diet that consists of proteins such as chicken, meat, fish, and eggs, along with fruits, vegetables, and slow-digesting carbohydrates such as sweet potatoes, rice, some pastas, and even some low-ingredient breads, is the ideal diet for human beings. When at the grocery store, it is best to stay on the outer aisles; this is where the minimally processed, minimal ingredient items are. This is a great strategy if you don’t want to inspect all of the foods you want to buy. But if you do go into the middle aisles, be sure to take the extra time to inspect what you are about to purchase. It may be best for you in the long run! If you have any questions on this topic, feel free to email me at or come see us in the Performance Zone at GPC!!

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