It takes energy to be an entrepreneur - to be creative - to live as a changemaker. Since food choices fuel our mind and body this repost refreshes us on how to be our own best partner for health and energy. This summer I'm moving ahead with the theme of MY BODY LOVES ME so I'm going to feed her with the best of whole foods I can. For the times my choices have a package with a label I'll go with this help.
Loving your summer body starts with label love all year round. It’s not the tag on the back of your garment, rather the information at the end of every stretch of your arm towards food choices right in front of you, every day.
I first posted this a couple of winters ago while we were all chiming in to ring up the biggest food and holiday entertainment sales of the year at the cash register.
Whichever cultural cuisine and traditions you are catering to, you’ll contribute to the business and the bloat of overindulgence. You know what’s next!
Legions of signups for facility tours at our gyms ensue. The weeks of line ups at exercise machines give way, finally, to the inevitable return to quiet.
You’re smart to read the fine print on the labels of food you pack into your pantry. It may trim down the diet damage if not the groaning of New Year resolutions promising to ‘be good’ and eat better and lose weight, too.
You may focus on the weight, but I’d wager it’s also about your energy and attitudes. Food is a delight for sharing. It’s also packed with potent (natural and manufactured) chemicals so it’s best to be an educated and engaged ‘consumer’. Take responsibility with label reading when you veer off the produce aisles stocked with whole foods that fuel your vigor and vitality.
Learn to love and to read food labels
Calories counted most in popular diet culture when the “nutrition facts label” began appearing in the 1990s.
The panel is standardized and provides information, especially useful when looking at cleverly packaged processed foods.
The nutrition label is distinct from the catchy phrases and mouth watering food photos and folks depicted on packages artfully arranged by food stylists. Who hasn’t fallen prey, sometimes, to the siren call to the senses of “Pick me up and behold the world of ease, health and possible wealth only bites away.”
Food labels are one big reality check.
Learn how to read labels in more detail at this Heart . org page
Also, let your fingers run down the packaging and find the list of ingredients. The law now requires that they be listed in order of quantity or volume in the product with the largest listed first.
Last is not always least
It’s tricky at times because portion sizes for similar foods vary in the listings. Look closely at the serving size that you are calculating.
The tiny print at the very end of a long list of ingredients is not always the one with the least impact either. Water can be a first ingredient, but all those Latin classified chemicals can be a good thing, because they extend shelf life, or they can be a damaging additive because oh, they extend shelf life by artificial means. They can also sabotage success, and health.
Pick your poisons, I say. If you can’t be true to fresh foods and home made from scratch, at least be aware and balance. For more tips and guidelines visit this Mayo Clinic page on nutrition facts.
Need more motivation? OK do it for the kids or with them at this site
Happily, the summer offers lots of fresh choices, often from nearby gardens and local farmer’s market. Take a bite out of life the fresh way, today.
–To your health and all the opportunities it fuels. Helena