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Rule 6: Avoid food products with more than 5 ingredients

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

You know it's funny how sometimes you just keep getting the same message over and over again. Last week, the spark daily digest featured an article titled "One Simple Tip for Healthy Eating" by Tanya Joliffe and the tip was eating food with the least number of ingredients. And then I came across a couple of blogs on New Year's food resolutions. I remember one being on Huffington Post but cannot remember where the other one was, but they had the same basic message. Ditto Rule 6--Avoid foods with more than 5 ingredients and same goes for Rule 7--Avoid food products containing ingredients that a 3rd grader cannot pronounce.

Essentially where food is concerned, keeping it simple is the way to go. That makes really simple and doable sense to me. If I remember nothing else, I think this is the tip I need to remember.

So this week, the changes I made to my grocery list and fridge. I threw out some Flatbread Chicken Fajitas which I bought from Schwans to try and replace my favorite Lean pockets. Wrong move! This ingredient list was twice as long. I started to read it but stopped at about 7 or was it 10. Well into the trashcan they went! I was also on the lookout for HFCS and was able to keep that out of my cart with one exception. I was looking for jam and I did not see any without HFCS. The organic section had fruit spreads but I prefer jam—it reminds me of home. But my compromise was to get a more expensive smaller jar instead of the large discounted one which was a hard choice. But I figure it will help with portion control.

And onwards we go

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
KEC1974 1/17/2011 6:29AM

    Not buying food with more than five ingredients is the easy part for me. Actually preparing food for me to eat and have on hand is where I fall down and order take out. I don't do it often, but when I can order Dominos pizza on-line and it's at my door in under 30 minutes? Sunday was not a good day for me. :)
As far as the jam goes, you are totally worth a product that is good for you. More expensive, yes, but so much better for your body! You are worth it!!

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JLITT62 1/13/2011 7:29AM

    This is a powerful rule! I mostly adhere to it, but sometimes the allure of protein bars pull me in -- and I never want the simple ones like Pure Bars. Thanks for the reminder!

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55WALKER 1/13/2011 6:32AM

    This is one of the major shopping rules for me. It automatically eliminates all sorts of things I really don't need to eat.

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SLASALLE 1/12/2011 11:19PM

    I don't think anybody truly realizes (OK, maybe you do) how HARD it is to find ANY package that contains less than 5 ingredients!! Why, even my very healthy, local Eight Grain Bread contains more HEALTHY words than 5!!! :-)

I try to buy organic and local, I try to go basic (I call it the art of eating naked - LOL).

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BEFIT016 1/12/2011 10:26PM

    Bravo! As close to 'natural' is the way to go!

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DOCKSIDER 1/12/2011 9:39PM

  Reading the ingredient labels on the foods we purchase can definitely be a learning experience. I try very hard to consume primarily natural whole foods, and I avoid purchasing food products that contain additives, preservatives, and artificial ingredients (colors, flavors, dyes...). Due to particular health issues, preparing homemade meals and recipes is usually a necessity for me--but definitely worth the effort (although I must admit that I really do enjoy cooking and baking).

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