Reading labels and choosing healthy foods is like playing a little April fools joke- 365 days a year.

Hopefully by now we all know to ignore anything that says low fat, low sugar ect.  But now, we need to think deeper: about unhealthy “health foods”.  You know, those that say organic, vegan, gluten free.  Yes, an organic, vegan, gluten free lifestyle may be healthy, but no eating that organic, vegan, gluten free cookie does not mean that you made a healthy choice.  The food industry is smart, they know that we are becoming more educated about nutrition and health, so they will take the extra step to out-wit us.  Here are a few rules that I live by to make sure I am not being tricked:

1. Don’t read anything on the front.  Unless you have celiacs or an allergy/intolerance, anything that is written on the front of the label  is not an indication about the product.  Turn the label around, look for quality ingredients, and also look at the sugar content.

2. The only thing we should be getting our antioxidants and vitamins from is fruit, vegetables and real foods.  If something has added vitamin C or antioxidants- don’t expect that to be better for us.  Our body doesn’t process enriched vitamins the same it does when we take a bite out of a fruit.

3. Choose organic when possible for foods- but don’t choose a food because it says organic.  I used to drawn to all health foods because they had that little USDA label on them, but then I found myself with a load of organic cookies, crackers, breads and more processed foods.  So yes, if I am buying something that I need and organic is an option, I will buy it-but I will no longer be drawn to something just because it is organic.

*I can’t wait to share more information with you all and start this blog.  Plan for a lot of nutrition, work out tips, beauty and clothes.

xx Julie

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