11. Read Labels
Nutritionists have been preaching this rule for a long time and for the most part, a lot of people try to follow it. So what are we looking for when we read the label. First of all, the point of this exercise is to just be more mindful about what we’re putting into our body. A lot of processed food has hidden sugar and sodium, even those that you wouldn’t expect! It’s our job to be mindful about what we’re eating. No one else is going to do it for us. Take a look at how much sodium and sugar is in a product. If it’s a lot, choose a healthier option. The nice thing about grocery stores is that there are plenty of options. For the most part there is almost always a healthier option available.
Another really simple rule to follow is to pick the label with the least amount of ingredients. The less ingredients it has on the label, the cleaner it is. You want to mostly eat foods that just have one ingredient like “broccoli, quinoa, chicken,” etc. Of course, this isn’t always possible, so the next best option is to choose those with very few. Another rule of thumb to follow is to avoid purchasing any food that has ingredients you can’t pronounce. If you can’t say one of the words on the ingredient list, chances are you probably shouldn’t be eating it.