be careful of what you put into your mouth …

August 5, 2016
πŸ“ LAST UPDATED BY KAYLA ON June 12, 2017


Be careful of what you put into your mouth, girl! Why? Click through to the full post to learn the ugly truth & find out how to differentiate between processed foods & healthy foods.{ pin it! πŸ“Œ }

Today I’m throwing it back to a time when I would eat junk food like it wasn’t a huge problem – we’ve all been there, right?

Basically I grew up in a household that tended to shy away from things like chips & soda – so much so that I didn’t feel like it was a big deal if I just had a can here & a bag there. 

I think what really made junky processed foods SO alluring back then was that they were easy to eat & packed full of flavor. At that point I wasn’t very much concerned w/ what was actually in them …

… Until I decided to read past the nutrition facts & glimpse the ingredients label. MAN, what a totally eye-opening, life-changing moment that was!

Like, curiosity killed the cat?

NOPE, just my appetite.

Not even being dramatic ( okay maybe a lil’ ), but just WTF was sodium stearoyl lactylate? High fructose corn syrup? Sorbic acid? Artificial flavors?

These are all compounds commonly found in processed foods – kind of as if we’re eating out of a chem lab instead of a kitchen.

Sketchy, sketchy.

I decided I wasn’t a fan & I no longer wanted to put unneeded chemicals into my body – food should just be food, y’know? & thinking back, these processed foods tasted good for about 2 mins before I ended up feeling sluggish & gross – just not the best version of myself AT ALL.


THE SKINNY ON PROCESSED FOODS

So exactly how do you distinguish between highly processed foods & barely processed foods? 

Minimally processed foods usually have a VERY short ingredient list, made of super simple, no-BS ingredients that you prob would’ve found in your great grandmother’s kitchen about 100 years ago – ha! These foods are much healthier & aren’t chock full of calories. Most, if not all fats involved would be healthy fats, which are super important when it comes to maintaining a balanced diet. These foods also keep you naturally energized, so caffeine isn’t even needed ( but totally still wanted πŸ˜‰ ).

Be careful of what you put into your mouth, girl! Why? Click through to the full post to learn the ugly truth & find out how to differentiate between processed foods & healthy foods.{ an example of a good label : mostly consists of natural, whole foods – you know what you’re signing up for } 

If you look at the ingredient lists of highly processed foods, on the other hand, you’ll probably find some new words to add to your vocab. A lot of these sketchy ingredients are used in order to 1. increase the shelf life 2. improve the flavor that disappears when the food isn’t as fresh anymore.

Sounds a lot like cheating, doesn’t it?

They aren’t going to be doing you any favors & are FULL of empty calories – meaning you’d get hungry a lotttt faster. They’ll also make you feel like a sloth – still cute, but super lazy / tired. 

Be careful of what you put into your mouth, girl! Why? Click through to the full post to learn the ugly truth & find out how to differentiate between processed foods & healthy foods.{ an infographic for you babes – pin it! πŸ“Œ }


Be careful of what you put into your mouth, girl! Why? Click through to the full post to learn the ugly truth & find out how to differentiate between processed foods & healthy foods.{ a glazed donut “cookie monster” ice cream sandwich }

I’m not saying that I follow this 100% of the time. It’s honestly almost impossible to completely cut out processed foods in this day & age.

If ya know me well, you’d know that I’m OBSESSED with XXTRA Flamin’ Hot Cheetos. I also adore pizza. They’re totally my guilty pleasures & it’s soooo bad … but hey, I’m human, too!

What I AM saying is that it’s smart to slowly cut these things out of your diet. Nothing too drastic if you’re just starting out … maybe eat out of portion-controlled bowls instead of taking it to your in-bed Netflix sesh & eating straight outta the bag ( guilty πŸ˜… ).

It’s all about MODERATION!

To start you off, here’s a challenge : the next time you’re shopping for food, pay attention to those ingredient labels & replace a snack you would’ve bought with something a little more natural.

Really & truly, our bodies want CRAVE the natural stuff. That’s how we were built, & that’s how it was before processed foods made their conveniently terrible entrance. 

( note : sorry if this totally ruined your relationship w/ food – but I felt like I HAD to share! & as you’ll soon come to know, I love discussing all things real, REAL on the blog. Basically, no boundaries, no TMI, no taboo. If you’re expecting only peonies & pearls, I’d recommend scrolling through Instagram or reading a glossy mag. 😘 )

So, let’s chat! What’s your biggest guilty pleasure food? & if you have, what are some ways you were able to cut it out of your diet? 

 

Yours truly,

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