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Read Food Labels

These days it’s really important to decode what your eating.  So much garbage is allowed in our food that leads to major health problems. Reading food labels is the only way you will know what your eating.  Honestly, I never looked at the ingredients in foods but payed more attention to the nutrition facts.

Now that I’ve changed my eating habits to The Body Ecology Diet food combining method, I’m much more aware of what I eat.  Now that I’m 3 months into the program, I want to start changing things for my kids. It’s one thing to eat things that aren’t good for you but it’s another to give it to your kids. It’s hard but it’s so important to teach them early so they live a healthy life.

I remember when my kids were born, I knew that breastfeeding them was the best thing for them. I wanted to breast feed them as long as possible to protect them. Changing what they eat now is no different then that. We can get educated and know what is good for the human body and what isn’t.

My favorite part about following The Body Ecology Diet program is that you don’t need to count calories, fat grams, protein grams or carb grams in order to control your weight and be healthy. That eliminates the “nutrition labels” on food.

Things you need to know:

  • Ingredients are required to be listed in order of weight. The first ingredient listed is the most predominant, and so on.
  • Hidden Sugars: Sugar makes your blood highly acidic, and feeds candida, which can wreak havoc on your health. Most processed foods contain sugar in some form or another, but don’t list it as “sugar.” (A few of the different names for sugar include:  sucrose, dextrose, corn syrup, malt, fructose, glucose, carbitol, mannitol, lactose, evaporated cane juice, or concentrated fruit juice).
  • Beware of MSG: Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) seems to be a staple in every processed food. It is used to enhance the flavor of processed foods that lack the real flavor of real foods. MSG has highly toxic effects, and you might be consuming it in one of its many disguises: glutamate, yeast extract, glutamic acid, hydrolyzed proteins, autolyzed yeast, natural beef flavoring, whey protein, maltodextrin, soy protein isolate, soy sauce extract, natural flavoring, and anything that has “seasonings” in the ingredients.
  • Gluten: Gluten is a difficult to digest protein found in typical grains that can cause celiac disease and many symptoms of digestive and immune distress.Many whole grains with wheat, barley, bran, rye, and oats, and the flours or cereals made from them, contain gluten.But since gluten is also added to many processed foods as a binder, starch or filler, it can be hidden in foods that are free of any of these grains in their ingredients. Some examples of foods or ingredients that contain hidden gluten include: soy sauce, garlic salt, onion salt, some mustard powders, flavored teas and coffees, hydrolyzed proteins, colorings, flavorings, anything with msg, modified food starch, malt, or graham flour.
  • Know Your Oils and Fats: The good news is that the media has made us all much more aware of the benefits of certain oils like olive oil, cod liver oil and fish oils. And by now everyone knows the hazards of trans fats found in margarine’s and processed foods.Unfortunately you may still be buying the wrong qualities of the so-called “good” oils.Always look for healthy oils that say organic and unrefined. Even if it says cold-pressed, or expeller pressed, it can still be refined and will not be as good for you as the virgin unrefined options.Read the label carefully when you purchase a product with olive oil. If it says extra virgin that means that it is from the first pressing.Avoid canola oil, or soybean oil, used in many organic, “natural” salad dressings.
  • Be extremely aware of some processed foods making the claim “trans-fat free,” when in fact, reading the ingredients list clearly shows that some hydrogenated oils were used.

This is just one step closer to a healthier lifestyle. The Body Ecology Website has tons of  articles that can help make it a little clearer. I’ll be showing you how I’ve learned through Body Ecology and steps to implementing it into your lifestyle.

I started a group on The Blog Frog so anyone can join this topic. It’s really easy and FREE to get registered.  Click this The Body Ecology Discussion Group link and join the group. If your not registered with Blog Frog, it only takes a minute.  I hope to see you over there.

For more info on living a healthier lifestyle, visit my Healthy Living page.

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