Can I say crap? Is that acceptable? I apologize if I offend anyone. I wish I could have made an acronym for garbage, but when I saw this picture I thought: BRILLIANT!
My eating habits didn’t start to become “healthy” until I understood why eating right is important. Why do we eat this and not that? It took me a long time to change my thought process, and I wished I had something as relatable as this little saying to keep in my back pocket.
Eat less crap.
C – Carbonated Drinks
Unless you’re opening a bottle of sparkling water, you’re probably better off skipping the carbonated beverage. Sodas, energy drinks, and sports drinks are high in calories, yet they offer your body zero health benefits.
R – Refined Sugars
There are some sugars that occur naturally, like in fruit…and then there is sugar that is refined in a giant factory on conveyor belts and machines. You’re probably most familiar with this refined sugar when it comes to baked goods, sodas, syrups, candy, ect. Refined sugar offers no nutritional benefit and isn’t fun for your body to digest.
A – Artificial Sweeteners and Colors
There has been some conflicting research on artificial sweeteners and whether they are really good for you. The FDA currently backs them; the fact is that they are chemically created, and not naturally occurring.
As a mom, my attention has been drawn to Red Dye #40. Research has proven that children who consume Red Dye #40, (along with Yellow #5, and Yellow #6) have increased levels of hyperactivity, ADHD and lower IQs. It’s also a known trigger for migraine headaches. Red 40 is not recommended for consumption by children in Europe and it’s banned in Denmark, Belgium, France, Switzerland, and Sweden.
P – Processed Foods
Not all processed foods are bad, like milk (it’s pasteurized to kill bacteria and homogenized to keep fats from separating) or frozen fruits and vegetables (freezing preserves their vitamins and nutrients). But MANY processed foods contain saturated fat, trans-fat, and large amounts of sodium and sugar. Use extreme moderation when it comes to white flour, processed meats, boxed meal mixes, frozen dinners, chips, candy, and sugary cereals.
Eat more food.
F – Fruits and Veggies
They are the best source of vitamins and minerals. They are low in calories, but high in fiber (so you feel fuller, longer).
O – Organic Lean Protein
Organic meats mean that the animals are not treated with antibiotics or growth hormones. Personally, hormones in meat make my face break out with acne. “Lean” is important to remember when it comes to your protein, because you don’t want to get bogged down in higher calories and fat.
O – Omega 3 Fatty Acids
The good, healthy heart and brain fat! Foods that naturally contain Omega 3’s are fish (sardines, salmon, halibut, etc), walnuts, flaxseed, and soybeans. This fat is so great that many companies are now adding Omega 3’s to products like milk and oil.
D – Drink Water
Our bodies are composed of 60-70% water. Almost every organ needs it to function, and since we lose water during the day, we need to replenish it. Plus it’s calorie free, and the earth creates plenty of it!
So…eat less crap. Eat more food.