Image result for Keep It RealIf there is one thing that almost everyone can agree on, it’s that the choices we have today as far as the food we can eat is more diverse than any other time in history.
The trouble is that when we have so much choice, it becomes more and more difficult to make wise decisions about what we eat every day, and at every meal.
I’m here to tell you not to worry, because I have a short question to share with you that will make it easier for you to discern between what’s good and what’s not when it comes to the food you eat.
That question is simply: “Is this real,”
You see, with all of this food diversity I spoke of a minute ago, we have to be careful that the food we eat is not “fake” or full of artificial ingredients, preservatives, chemicals and trans fats that have no place in a healthy diet.
So how do we know whats real and what’s not, It’s actually quite easy, and I’m going to give you 5 things that you can do whenever you’re trying to decide what to eat that will tell you whether your choices are good ones.
Read the Ingredients List…
Before you purchase ANY product at the grocery store, make sure you read the list of ingredients that the manufacturer is obligated to print on the label. The key here is that you’re looking for two main things: first, remember that the items which appear closer to the beginning of the list are the items which have a higher concentration in that product. Second, any ingredient on that list that you can’t pronounce is a sure sign of a fake food product. Simply put, if you can’t pronounce it, do you really want to eat it,
Watch the Nutritional Information…
Just like the ingredient list, the nutritional information on a food product is a must. Unfortunately, many people put way too much faith in the nutrition info, which, can be very misleading. I’ll give you an example. Let’s say you have a product with a total weight of 500 grams. The nutritional info label states that there are only 2 grams of fat in a “serving” which sounds pretty good, right, Yes it is, except that the actual weight of a serving is only 150 grams, which means that there are a total of about 3 servings in that whole product! The trouble is that, in most cases, people read the nutrition info and think they can eat the entire package and still get the low fat content, when actually they are getting Triple the fat! Bottom line: Read the serving size and stick to it!
Go au Natural…
This goes back to my first point which talked about the ingredients lists on the foods we choose. Whenever possible, try to find products that use natural ingredients. When in doubt, hit your local farmer’s market and make the majority of your purchases from there. That way, you can be sure that the ingredients are as natural as you can find.
Great Grandma…
For your fourth point, I want you to ask yourself another important question when choosing the food you eat. That question is “Would my great grandmother have eaten this,” If the answer to this question is NO, chances are that you shouldn’t eat it either. Let’s face it, in the time of our great grandparents, there was a lot less “fake” food like we have today. Those folks didn’t have the choices we have now, and were forced to use real foods, prepared with simple spices that were overall, a lot more healthy.
Make it Yourself…
We’ve all heard the saying “If you want something done right, do it yourself.” This most certainly holds true when you’re talking about the food you choose to eat. A number of years ago, I made a decision that whenever possible, I would try to make as much of my own food as I could from scratch. As a result, I am constantly in search of different real foods, and unique, healthy recipes to try.
So there you go. Five important things to consider whenever you make choices about what foods to eat. If you remember to use these when doing your food shopping, cooking and even planning, it will make your choices a lot more clear, and you’ll end up eating healthier, and achieving your goals faster.

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