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be careful of what you put into your mouth …

August 5, 2016

Be careful of what you put into your mouth, seriously. Click through to learn the ugly truth about most of the food you're eating, & find out how to differentiate between processed foods & healthy foods.{ pin it! πŸ“Œ }

Seriously, BE CAREFUL.

How many times have you picked up something that looked super yum from the market, looked at the ingredients, & got confused by all of the technical, scientific terms? Or something like “natural & artificial flavors?” 

Doesn’t that sound super sketchy?

… Maybe it’s not a good idea to put something you have no clue about into your body. Processed foods ARE your enemy here. If you really think about it, they’re honestly pretty gross, very unnatural, & def DO NOT make you feel like the best version of yourself.

Sadly, the majority of what we eat every single day are very, VERY processed foods that contain almost no nutrients, but have a shit ton of empty calories ( a.k.a. they won’t make you very full + they’re totally not good for your health, at all ).


GOOD VS. EVIL : Highly Processed Foods VS. Barely Processed Foods

If you’re health-conscious ( or at least trying to be ), you probably glance at the caloric information on the back of the products you buy, like : sugar / sodium content, calories per serving, calories from fat, etc.

That’s not quite enough, though … You’re missing something really important : the ingredients.

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 – lol. These foods will be healthier for your body & aren’t chock full of calories. Most, if not all, fats involved will be healthy fats! They’ll 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, seriously. Click through to learn the ugly truth about most of the food you're eating, & 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, seriously. Click through to learn the ugly truth about most of the food you're eating, & 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, seriously. Click through to learn the ugly truth about most of the food you're eating, & 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 for anyone to completely cut out processed foods in their diets 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.

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, your body wants CRAVES the natural stuff. That’s how we were built, & that’s how it was before processed foods made their conveniently terrible entrance.

So, tell me – 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,

Kayla King πŸ‘‘

( This page was last updated on May 19, 2017 )

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