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by Mike Adams, visit: NaturalNews.com

Do you ever READ the ingredients on the label of the food you eat?  Don’t you kinda want to know what you’re eating?  It  occurred to me sometime last year that I should think about this….

Sad thing is, no matter how much I research about food labels and how to read them, I STILL can’t make sense of them.  I’m lost.  But I think that is what the food companies want.

So my rules are:

  1. If I can’t read the ingredients on the label, I don’t buy it.
  2. Who are we kidding? I can’t find anything without food coloring, additives, or high fructose corn syrup, so I buy & eat produce and cook everything (get a subscription to Clean Eating Magazine….it’s wonderful).
  3. If it can sit it out for 2 weeks and shows no change or deterioration, I’ll pass.
I’m going to shoot it to you straight.  All those crazy ingredients are put in these foods to extend the shelf life by preserving the product and to make it taste and look better once you eat it a year after it was actually made.  Researchers have already found that pumping your body with these chemicals this can wreck havoc on your body and have seen it cause cancer and others major medical issues in the animals they test it on.
Many chemical additives that have been BANNED from other countries are still being supplied in the United States.  Eek.  Read more on this at: Live Strong
So I’m not a doctor or dietitian.  But I know that when I stopped eating products full of additives, preservatives, dyes, etc, I had more energy, felt better and had better digestive health.  Less headaches, too.  I don’t have to be a doctor to know that’s good for me.
Little by little I was eliminating things from my diet and my grocery list that had these chemicals in them and I found I was….
a) going to the grocery more often (lots of stuff that is good for you expires quickly, so I have to re-stock every week.
b) getting the same things practically every week and just cooking them different ways according to the recipes I’m trying.
My Grocery Lists:
  1. LÄRABAR.  They are amazing and I have one in my purse at all times.  LÄRABAR is a delicious blend of unsweetened fruits, nuts and spices. Made from 100% whole food, each bar contains no more than nine ingredients. Catch them on sale for $0.99 and I’m buying the whole box! www.larabar.com My favorites are Cherry Pie and Apple Pie.
  2. Produce.  You’re going to hate me for this but this is it.  Produce.  I grab 2 or 3 recipes and hit the store.  Generally, I buy:
    1. Meat: a whole chicken or chicken breasts (antibiotic & steroid free – I’m not sick so I don’t need antibiotics and I definitely don’t need steroids), chicken or turkey sausage, bacon, maybe a pork tenderloin or skirt/flank steak.
    2. Veggies: red onions (2), basket of cherry tomatoes, head of lettuce or bag of spinach, green onions, mushrooms
      1. Frozen veggies are awesome.  Best to have in the freezer for when I need a last minute side.  Don’t get the kind that are “lightly sauced,” just get the veggies.  You can season them yourself with leftover garlic, evoo, a bit of salad dressing and/or salt & pepper.
    3. Berries: strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, blueberries (all in my fridge right now)
    4. Fruits: bananas (if a couple go bad, Mark makes banana bread and it’s AMAZING), large pineapple (slice it yourself! it’s easy and you get more for the $$$), a bag of apples/pears/grapes/oranges for grabbing on the go
    5. Starches: sweet potatoes (2), all natural granola, bread (my favorite is Arnold’s Health Nut), whole grain wraps.
    6. Creamer & eggs & FAGE greek yogurt (by far the best – and I HATE yogurt – just don’t get over 2%)
When I decided that it was time for me to make a change, first thing I did was went thru my pantry and fridge and tossed everything that had lots of chemicals in it.  I even gave away 2 boxes of Velvetta Shells & Cheese.  Thing is, I’ve had it for over a year and I bet it still tastes just a good a year from now.   Then I went to the grocery. I found that if I stayed on the outside aisles of the grocery store, I did good.  Or go to the local farmers market.  Even better!
Yes, it’s more expensive to buy real, whole foods.  Yes, it takes time to cook.  But having a chemical free diet makes me happy and healthy.   It’s worth it. 🙂