Meredith Atwood - Everyone knows that junk food is “junk,” right? But there is a subculture of junk food that is sold to children, adults and is often masqueraded as healthy or decently health option. The worst part? We are feeding our children most of these things, because the items come packaged some conveniently.
Dr. Michael Greger, the author of “How Not to Die” and founder of the new non-profit “Balanced,” is a pioneer in attempting to bring education to the public about how we can take control of our lives and our foods. (Listen more about Balanced.)This starts by first identifying the foods that we must avoid at all costs (and coming up with some better options!) that are also convenient.
For starters, any foods and drinks that highly processed as a rule should be avoided—yes, even on stressful days. Think of it this way: The least number of ingredients, the least number of monkey-with the food. In addition to the ingredients, we have to look at the chemicals, sweeteners and colors that are added. After doing an analysis of these things, you might find that there are versions of the 10 Processed Foods to Avoid that might be healthier than others.
But as a general rule of thumb, to hit the road to the healthiest you possible, this is a great starting point. Other considerations on the road to health are the proper vitamins and nutrients, exercise and working to burn more calories than you consume. This is not as simple as calories in, and calories out—but these are all great starting points. In contrast to these “must avoid foods,” try adding some healthy carbs, healthy proteins, and healthy fats to your life.
Meredith Atwood is a coach, Ironman triathlete, motivational speaker and writer. She is the author of “Triathlon for the Every Woman,” and the co-founder of numerous wellness programs ranging from health, fitness and mental performance. Learn more at www.MeredithAtwood.com