Healthy food doesn’t have nutrition labels.
There is so much talk about learning to read nutrition labels and to always compare the labels of different foods when deciding what to buy. Here is something to think about…healthy food doesn’t have nutrition labels.
(Let me note that there are exceptions to this rule and I will get to them for sure!)
Here is the easiest thing you can do in the grocery store: choose the food that is label free.
Let’s think about it for a moment. Fruit and vegetables – no nutrition labels. Meat and seafood – no nutrition labels. Fresh bread and grains – nutrition labels.
There is a key word in the last section that is the real message I am attempting to convey. Fresh. The healthiest food in the world for you is fresh and non-packaged.
Sure, there are exceptions. Most dairy has to be shipped and stored and anything put in a package is required to have a nutrition label. So it is healthy and has a label.
But if you are sitting here reading this and your only thought is attempting to come up with as many examples as you can to disprove my theory, well, good for you! But you are missing the entire point of what I am getting at.
There is no magic secret food. If you want a perfect diet with no calorie counting, not having to watching what you eat, and no concern for portion sizes, I am about to give it to you. Eat only fresh, whole food.
Fresh veggies, fruit, meat and poultry, dairy, whole grains, nuts, and seeds. If you only eat food off that list and make it all fresh and unpackaged, I promise you will change your life.
I know you are worried about time and that my solution would require you to shop every few days. That is my message. Our North American dedication to mass storage and minimal work is amazing. We love to shop once a month and stock up on everything we need so that we can make it to the next excursion. Packages fill our pantries, cupboards, fridges, and freezers. We package crackers, soup, vegetables, fruit, fish, frozen dinners, bread that lasts for weeks, and cookies are just a small number of examples of our packaged nutrition.
I accept that there is healthy food in packages. Peanut butter, bags of brown rice, and beans are some examples. But in an ideal world you would buy the rice fresh from the farmer, grind out your own peanut butter, and cook raw beans (which can take a long time!).
The point I am getting at, however, is that healthy food is fresh and you cook on your own. It is our reliance on packaged options and food that is convenient that is truly contributing to the declining state of our populations physical (and I think mental) health. Why spend 25-30 minutes cooking whole brown rice when we can microwave pre-processed rice in a matter of minutes?
If you want to eat healthy remember that healthy food doesn’t have nutrition labels. Eat fresh, whole foods as often as you can. Minimize the packaging and the processing and you will be well on your way to taking better care of yourself.
What is a simple way to accomplish this? Shop the outside of your grocery store and buy as little as possible from the aisles. Think about it, you would be shopping for meat, dairy, fresh breads, fruit, and vegetables. What do you find in the aisles? Packaged crap (for the most part).
There, my simple tips to eating healthy. If you need things more simple then that go to a fast food drive through because you are not ready to take care of yourself and you might as well enjoy the really crappy food before your diabetes sets in or you have your first heart attack, after that your choices become a lot more limited.