Well, how can I say this nicely, if truth be told? If it has a label, then don’t eat it! You may ask why and the reason is simple. Processed foods are not whole foods, plain and simple, isn’t it? I’m not saying never eat anything with a label, but I will say this… The longer the ingredient list, the further you should stay away from it! AND if you cannot pronounce it, then you for sure know that it’s something that you should stay away from.

Here Are Some Words That Should Send You Running!

Artificial (Anything)
High Fructose Corn Syrup
Artificial Sweeteners (See Above where I said Artificial Anything)
Carminic Acid (Crushed Bugs Parts – How gross is that!)
Sodium Benzoate
Ammonium Sulfate (Fertilizer) – Yes fertilizer! Do you want to eat that in your food?
Refined grains
Shellac (More bug parts)
Castoreum (Beaver anal glands – no thank you!)
Gum base (from sheep)
L-cystine (hair or duck feathers)
MSG (Monosodium glutamate)
LOW FAT (Yes, this is right. If it says Low Fat, chances are that it is high in added sugars or artificial sweeteners.)
Sugar (There are about 400 different names for sugar! This is another whole blog topic itself. Don’t worry I will write one!)
Bleached White flour
Partially hydrogenated soybean oil/ hydrogenated soybean oil

Things You Should Eat:

Pretty much anything in the produce section of the store! Whole Foods!
Nuts (make sure to buy in bulk fresh or check the label to make sure there are no added ingredients other than salt.)
Whole Grains
Beans (preferably dry, you can soak them for several hours or overnight before cooking)
Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Extra Virgin Coconut oil (preferably organic or locally grown whenever possible.)

If you are not vegan or vegetarian you can eat
eggs (free range)
fish (high in omega 3 fatty acids, vitamin D and protein, try to avoid farmed fish and atlantic caught fish)
poultry (free range)
lean cuts of beef, veal (grass fed)
lamb (grass fed – although this is usually high in fat, so eat sparingly.)
dairy [such as unsweetened greek yogurt, milk kefir, cheese (but not processed cheese)- not no fat or low fat]
butter (from grass fed cow)
cow ghee (butter ghee from grass fed cow)

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Here’s to your health,

Angela Smith

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