All you need to do is eat your medicine and think of your grocery store as your pharmacy. Here are nine ways to do that:
1. Skip the labels: Whenever possible, do not buy foods with labels. Avoid foods in a box, package or can.
2. Keep it simple: If the food does have a label, it should have fewer than five ingredients. Beware of food with “health claims” on the label. Cola is “fat free.” That doesn’t make it healthy.
3. Steer clear of the white menaces: Stay away from white sugar and white flour, which acts like sugar in your body. Learn the numerous disguises for sugar and get rid of any food that contains them.
4. Dump this lethal sugar: Throw out any food with high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) on the label. You already know it is not good for you, but just in case you need reminding, read this blog for the five reasons HFCS will kill you.
5. Avoid this bad fat: Eliminate any food with the word “hydrogenated” on the label, which translates into trans fats.
6. Stick to healthy oils: Throw out any highly refined cooking oils such as corn oil and soy oil. Choose olive oil and coconut oil instead.
7. Recognize your ingredients: Throw out any food with ingredients you don’t recognize or can’t pronounce.
8. Watch for these red flags: Toss foods with preservatives, additives, coloring, dyes or “natural flavorings” like MSG.
9. Ditch artificial sweeteners: Remember that food is information, not just calories. Diet sodas and other foods and drinks with artificial sweeteners are almost always calorie free, but they will still make you fat.
When in Doubt, Stick with this One Rule
If it came from the earth or a farmer’s field and not a food chemist’s lab, then it is safe to eat. Like Michael Pollan, author of Food Rules, says, “If it came from a plant, eat it; if it was made in a plant, don’t.” It is really that simple.