More often than not, we don't know exactly what we are putting in our bodies. Modern day is filled with so much eating out, food-on-the-go, take-out, and pre-packaged meals that we're eating more saturated fats, trans-fat, genetically manipulated foods, and sodium than ever - sometimes without knowing it. What's more, the food industry is not straightforward with the true nutritional value of foods using undefined terms like "wholesome" or "natural" for foods that are not exactly what we think those words mean.
A good way to know if you're picking up the right foods in the supermarket is to think of our ancestors. Although their lives were tougher than ours, they somehow ate healthier and were more physically fit. In a society where everything has to be faster, bigger, and cheaper, it's not always easy to know what's good for you. We end up making the wrong choices based on convenience, perceived health, and instant gratification.
When you pick up an apple or a banana, you know that's something our ancestors would have recognized, welcomed, and feed their family with confidence. But when you pick up a TV dinner, a pre-packed meal, or a sandwich from your favorite lunch spot, you have to ask yourself: would my great grandfather/grandmother have eaten this? If the answer is no - perhaps because it may have been science fiction in their time - leave it. If you go for fresh, you can't go wrong.
These days, everything is available all year round; however, your best choice is seasonable fruits and vegetables - not only because they taste great, but also because they tend to be cheaper for you and beneficial to local economies. Try preparing your food with more herbs/spices, and you'll notice you will need less salt or sugar. Chose lean cuts of meat, and don't forget to have fish at least twice a week.
Invest in yourself, know what you eat, and your body will thank you for it.
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