Growing up my diet has always consisted of T.V. dinners, boxed starches, microwaveable vegetables and, if I was lucky, a trip to Mickey Ds. My mom was pretty much a fan of cooking quick fix meals, and by the way, she still is. Now, I won’t completely throw my mother under the bus. She occasionally baked from scratch, cakes and pies that is; and although unhealthy choices, back in those days, I hardly ever gained a pound.
Who would have known, some very distance years, that eating a lot of processed foods would affect me the way it’s affecting so many Americans. Eating these unnatural foods are having killer consequences contributing to overweight and obesity issues, diabetes and other illnesses that it makes one realize that changing to a healthier diet can counteract negative side effects.
So what is processed foods and why should we be leery of it?
Processed foods is anything that has been altered from its natural state. Basically, all the junk foods, boxed foods and foods with preservatives, additives and other chemicals added to what we eat should be avoided.
Let’s for a moment take a closer examination at some of the ingredients to watch out for when making a purchase at the grocery store.
Avoid products containing:
Benzoic acid (aka sodium benzoate)
BHA Propylene glycol
Refined or bleached flour
Knowing what to look for is beneficial to your health!
Now on to the topic of...
The basic principle of clean eating is consuming foods that are whole or closest to its natural state. If you try this new concept of eating, overtime your body will adapt to your new eating habits.
Below is a beginner guide to jumpstart eating clean. Try it and comment below. Let Silk City Love NJ know if it was easy or hard for you to make the change.