The older I get the more things start to matter that never did before.  One of the things lately that I have begun to care more about is what I put into my body.  I was thinking back yesterday about the things I’ve eaten/drank throughout the years… The list is extensive so obviously I’m not going to elaborate on it too much.  When I lived at home we had things like macaroni and tomatoes, cornbread and pinto beans, basically vegetarian meals for the most part even though we weren’t vegetarians.  We also ate out a lot and that is something I took with me to adulthood and am slowly trying to change.  But the one major detriment to my diet my whole life is the sugar and chemicals in food.

Sugar is something in food that I didn’t really start to care about until recently.  I was always focused on things like calories, fat, and fiber. But sugar is something we should all be looking at when we purchase food.  Seriously, it is in everything.  This is one of the reasons as a family we are trying to eat more clean foods (foods in their natural state).  Next time you are at the store just pick some things up and look at the sugar content- it is really ridiculous.  For instance- flavored yogurt.  The container says low fat and all that jazz, and hey it’s only 100 calories so it sounds like a good healthy choice, right?  Wrong.  Flavored yogurt has so much sugar in it you may as well have had two sodas. After all, sodas are fat free and not many more calories- heck you can even get them calorie free now.  As I get older I just don’t want to give that crap to my family or myself anymore.

Chemicals are also an issue I am finding that I never looked at before.  My new rule of thumb is that if I don’t know what it is on the ingredients list, we don’t buy it.  I don’t know about you but I’m not really down with putting chemicals in my body- would you drink window cleaner?  Me either. 

So since becoming aware of these two things shopping in the grocery store is somewhat hard to do.  There are very few packaged foods I can get my hands on that aren’t what I like to call “frankenfoods”. Because of this out cabinets are pretty bare lately.  Our refrigerator is stuffed however.  We have plenty of meats, veggies, fruits, dark chocolate, and some dairy.  My cabinets pretty much have cooking aids in them- oils, vinegars, spices, condiments.  So it is very far from what it started out as.  There was a time that it was reversed.  My freezer was full of convenience foods, pantry full of junk, and refrigerator full of wilted produce.

The sugar habit for me is a hard one to break.  I love sweets and desserts.  I am able to cut sugar out of normal foods but every night I fight eating dessert.  I am very much the person who could do without the main meal and eat a salad and dessert at a restaurant and be fine with it. This week so far I have stayed on track. I have dark chocolate on hand and have 2 squares of it and it has been helping me.  If I find I still want something sweet afterwards I have been having a honeycrisp apple.  They are really good and remind me of almost sour candy.  When you eliminate sugar fruit starts tasting really good and sweet all by itself. 

From now on if I absolutely have to have a dessert it has stipulations it has to meet.  I want the real deal if I am going to have it.  That means I will pass on prepackaged desserts and only have the homemade ones that are really good.  Generally I like things I would never make at home because of laziness or lack of ingredients- chocolate crème brulee anyone?  

What things do you look at on food labels? Do you even look at labels?  What do you try to avoid, if anything?

I hope everyone has an awesome weekend and I will be back Monday! Adios.



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