Eat more whole foods (and by that, I don’t mean eat the entire cheeseburger)

earth-friendly-eating-afOne of the best pieces of advice I give is to eat more whole foods. But that’s usually followed by a puzzled look and me explaining that I don’t actually mean shop at the local Whole Foods store more often. I’m referring to foods that are whole.

A whole food is something that has one ingredient – itself.  Say, an apple, nuts or a carrot. So the simple way to look at it is – Can you imagine it growing in nature? If so, then you’ve probably got a whole food on your hands. I don’t know about you, but I have yet to see a Double-Stuf Oreo tree.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m certainly not telling you to live on raw fruits and nuts for the rest of your life. But, you want your food to be processed as little as possible.

Another simple rule: Read your food labels, if there are more than 5 ingredients or ingredients you can’t pronounce, don’t buy it. (Unless you have trouble pronouncing the words “wheat” or “flax” or things like that.)

Try this the next time you hit the store and see what a difference it makes.  Chances are you’ll have a “whole” new perspective on shopping.

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