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