Hearty & Healthy: Day 10

1258400151_heart_health10 things I have learned in the last 10 days:

1. Almost EVERYTHING in a package or can has preservatives, coloring, and sweeteners that are not good for you.
2. If you can’t pronounce it or don’t know what it is, it’s probably not good for you.
3. Real food doesn’t mean healthy food. You still have to watch your fat and calorie intake.
4. Food without preservatives, coloring, or bad for you sweeteners are difficult to find in a restaurant.
5. The safest place to eat is your own home. That’s the only place you can truly know what’s going into what you are putting into your mouth.
6. Most of the seasonings in my cabinet need to be thrown away and replaced with herb plants or real dried herbs and spices.
7. Every bottle of salad dressing in my refrigerator needs to go in the trash.
8. Even the foods marked healthy contain something that is not healthy, such as cane syrup, agave, or dextrose.
9. Almond milk has ingredients I cannot identify. I thought soy and almond milk were supposed to be better for you than cows milk, but they contain processed ingredients I cannot identify without a dictionary.
10. Even at Farmers Markets and whole foods stores, it is necessary to real labels and know your ingredients well.

10 things I have changed in the last 10 days:

1. I no longer buy microwave popcorn. I pop my own in a paper sack in the microwave.
2. Dried fruit, such as raisins, and nuts are my new best friends. They are my snack of choice.
3. We are eating at home more which not only keeps us healthier, but also helps our bank account.
4. We are eating more beans and enjoying them.
5. We have found a new replacement for rice which contains brown rice, red rice, wild rice and quinoa.
6. My husband is eating less and getting full faster when there is quinoa in the dish.
7. We are using greek yogurt in place of mayonnaise and sour cream.
8. I am making my own salad dressing.
9. I now purchase fresh and frozen rather than canned vegetables.
10. We are buying a blender for smoothies and to add more fruits and vegetables to our meals in a meaningful way.

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