NOVEMBER 03, 2017 by Aimee
Healthy Food Can Be Convenient but If You See These 8 Ingredients, Avoid at All Costs
The sad truth is we’re living in a convenience age, and this isn’t going to change. If you want to be healthy, you must learn to adapt your diet plan to your lifestyle.
Just because our culture has become hectic, doesn’t mean you have to be a slave to unhealthy convenience foods which destroy your health.
Managing stress is a mind, body and spiritual game, and it all starts with loving yourself enough to prioritise your health and well-being enough with quality ingredients and nutrition.
Healthy nutrition and diet is the most important change many of my clients need to make and it’s the one that suffers first when life gets hectic, as people reach for cheap processed convenient foods. This is hard to change for many people, so knowing there are healthy convenient options available which will nourish you from the inside out, and help reduce the impact of stress on your body in the process is often a huge relief and extremely helpful in those chaotic times.
With my clients, I never try to make them make changes which just aren’t sustainable or realistic. However, I do work with them to find ways they can prioritise their health and well-being alongside their busy schedules.
When you’re experiencing stress you’ll naturally reach for convenient and often comforting foods, which can be hugely problematic for your health and exacerbate stress. However, as health specialists have realised this, science is now being used to develop foods which are convenient and deliciously healthy too. Combining these with freshly prepared healthy meals is the way forward in managing your diet and nutrition.
However, it’s super important to do your research first as not all convenience ‘healthy foods’ are equal. Some are filled with dangerous bulking fillers and artificial sweeteners and ingredients which do more harm than good and actually contribute to ill health not repair it.
Below are 8 ingredients you need to avoid at all costs when searching for your healthy convenient foods.
Avoid These 8 Danger Foods at All Costs!
- Palm Oil
When a regular fat like corn, soybean, or palm oil is blasted with hydrogen and turned into a solid, it becomes a trans-fat. These evil anti-nutrients help packaged foods stay “fresh,” meaning that the food can sit on the supermarket shelf for years without ever getting stale or rotting. Crazy! These fats increase your risk of blood clots and heart attack.
- Shortening/ Hydrogenated oil
Choose healthier monounsaturated fats, such as olive, peanut and canola oils and foods that contain unsaturated omega-3 fatty acids instead.
- White Flour, Rice, Pasta, and Bread
When a whole grain is refined, most of its nutrients are sucked out in an effort to extend its shelf life. Both the bran and germ are removed, and therefore all the fiber, vitamins, and minerals. Because these stripped down, refined grains are devoid of fiber and other nutrients, they’re also TOO EASY to digest. They send your blood sugar and insulin skyrocketing then plummeting, which can lead to all sorts of mood swings, and highs and lows in energy and health. Replace processed grains with whole grains, like brown or wild rice, whole-wheat breads and pastas, barley, and oatmeal.
- High Fructose Corn Syrup
The evil king of all refined grains is high fructose corn syrup (HFCS). The amount of refined sugar we consume has declined over the past 40 years, but we’re consuming almost 20 times as much HFCS. According to researchers we consume more calories from HFCS than any other source. It’s in almost EVERYTHING. It increases triglycerides, boosts fat-storing hormones, and drives people to overeat and gain weight easily.
Adopt a zero-tolerance policy, and just steer clear of this sweet “poison.”
- Artificial Sweeteners
Aspartame, saccharin, and sucralose may be even harder on our metabolic systems than plain old refined sugar. These supposedly diet-friendly sweeteners may actually be doing more harm than good!
Studies suggest artificial sweeteners trick the brain into forgetting that sweetness means extra calories, making people more likely to keep eating sweet treats without abandon, not to mention the damage they do to the flora and fauna in your stomach, which directly effects your hormonal health and mood! Studies suggest these sweeteners are contributing to mental illness such as depression as they destroy the serotonin in your brain. Really scan ingredient labels, especially your children’s.
- Sodium Benzoate and Potassium Benzoate
These preservatives are sometimes added to soda to prevent mold from growing, but benzene is a known carcinogen that is also linked with serious thyroid damage. Dangerous levels of benzene can build up when plastic bottles of soda are exposed to heat or when the preservatives are combined with ascorbic acid (vitamin C). Don’t risk it!
- Butylated Hydroxyanisole (BHA)
BHA is another potentially cancer-causing preservative, but it has been deemed safe by the FDA. Its job is to help prevent spoilage and food poisoning, but it’s a major endocrine disruptor and can seriously mess with your hormones. BHA is in HUNDREDS of foods. It’s also found in food packaging and cosmetics. BHA has many aliases. You can look them up.
Monosodium glutamate is a processed “flavor enhancer.” While glutamates are present in some natural foods, such as meat and cheese, the ones exploited by the processed-foods industry are separated from their host proteins through hydrolysis. The jury is still out on how harmful MSG may be, but high levels of free glutamates have been shown to seriously damage brain chemistry. This is why you feel so disgusting after some certain takeaway foods!
If you’re struggling with your health and well-being, feeling stressed and over-whelmed, you can get in touch to book a free consultation to find out how I can help you.