It can be difficult to maintain a healthy and nutritional diet when there are so many hidden ingredients and things to look out for in our daily food purchases.
Here are a few tips that will train you to become a food detective.
1. Read the Ingredients Label (You Can’t Always believe the Branding!) – Avoid chemicals, hormones, dyes, GMOs, trans fats, high fructose corn syrup. Be sure to observe the amount of saturated fat and sugar content. When purchasing meats, Grass fed and pasture raised is better than cage free! When buying at fish try to get fresh and sustainably caught and avoid farmed fish.
2. Shopping Organic – Shopping for organic products is healthy but can also be costly. Following these guides to can help you to know which produce items to focus on buying organically.
The Dirty Dozen – These fruits and vegetables were found to have the most pesticide residues so consider purchasing the organic versions of these items.
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The Clean 15 – This is a list of produces that were found to contain the least amount of pesticide residue. This means you don’t have to be as concerned about purchasing these items organic and could save yourself some money.
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3. Taste the Rainbow – The colors of the food that you are buying can reveal a lot about their health benefits. Focus on only buying foods that are the colors of the rainbow as opposed to any colors that were generated in a factory. This means that they probably include dyes and chemicals to make them this color. Things you want to avoid!
4. Less is More – 5 ingredients in a meal is a good rule to follow. It allows you to avoid any sneaky products in your foods to ensure a more healthy and natural diet.
5. Stick to Natural Foods – Focus on eating natural foods as opposed to packaged ones. They have more nutritional benefits, less hidden ingredients, and are fresher.
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NikkiFItness is a health coach, trainer, class instructor, media fitness expert, author of The Slimnastics Workout, a freelance fitness writer, product reviewer, and the star of 12 fitness DVDs/Videos/Apps including the new Anti-aging Walking Workout, Slimnastics Stability Ball Workout, the Seasonal Affective Disorder Workout, Hard Core Abs, Fit Travel Workout, Booty Camp, The Slimnastics Workout (Yoga+Plyometrics Fusion), Red Carpet Runway Workout, Military Wife Workout, Baby Bootie Camp, and the Beach Bride Destination Wedding Workout (Amazon). Nikki’s “Slimnastics” exercises have been featured in over 100 national media outlets including the New York Times, Live! With Kelly and Michael, Fox & Friends, GMA Health, Shape, Self, Fitness, and Women’s Health. Her “Improve the Move” workouts focus on multitasking toning and plyomentric cardio intervals (HIIT- High Intensity Interval Training) to cut workout time in half and boost metabolism. Nikki is an AFAA certified NYC personal (and celebrity) trainer, group fitness instructor at Crunch in Manhattan, a graduate from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition® School (IIN health coach), and a 200hr RYT YogaFit/Yoga Alliance trained yoga instructor. She is also the “spokestrainer” for Huggies Little Movers and SilverSports antimicrobial fitness gear. Nikki got her start in fitness as a Syracuse University Cheerleader, where she graduated with a degree in Broadcast Journalism from the Newhouse School. Search for “NikkiFitness” on social media, and in iTunes and Android for the NikkiFitness App! More at www.nikkifitness.com