If you are concerned about your health and fitness, a question that is always in the back of your mind may be, “is this a food I should stop eating?” There are three easy steps to help answer these nagging questions.
Avoid foods that are processed. These can usually be found in the frozen food department at your grocery store and come with sleek packaging and beautiful pictures on the box.
Don’t be fooled however, this is a food you should stop eating. When foods come prepared and processed they do add convenience to our lives, but there is a negative trade off. Many of the ingredients used to prepare a meal are best prepared fresh and meant to be cooked and consumed right away. To get around this manufacturers must add preservatives, artificial substances, and other various ingredients that are impossible to pronounce. This dilutes the nutritious value of the healthy ingredients included in the food.
Another aspect of processed foods that many health conscious people overlook is the fact that they are mass produced. Processed foods are made in huge batches. Often, the main ingredients may measure in the hundreds of pounds range with the individual serving extruded only at the end of a long process of machines and robots.
In contrast, gourmet chefs and elite athletes often prepare the best tasting and most nutritious meals one plate at a time. Every ingredient is carefully selected and measured for a purpose. This attention to detail in small batch cooking sets it apart from it’s counterpart sitting on a shelf in the grocery store.
Avoid foods that have a high content of one ingredient such as sugar or salt. Our taste buds are designed so that we naturally enjoy the types of food we need for a healthy balanced diet. This served a very good evolutionary purpose, but in modern times where excess is king, it is easy to go too far. Our ancestors needed sweet ingredients like honey in their diet along with the salty minerals for healthy living. Taste buds were a natural guide. However, in today’s world, it is easy to go overboard with a sugar filled drink or a bottomless bag of salty chips.
Avoid food that is fast. Fast food often combine the worst of both worlds when it comes to processed food and overloading one ingredient. On top of that, our bodies were not designed to eat on the go. Proper digestion only occurs when we take a break from our busy lives to enjoy the sustaining succulence of a good meal in peace and tranquillity.