What are “whole foods”? According to the World Health Organization”, whole foods are “food with little or no refining or processing and containing no artificial additives or preservatives”.
The food needs to be as close to it’s natural state as possible. If a packaged food has more than 5 ingredients, you are moving too far away from the “whole food” and into the world of processed foods. If the packaged food has ingredients that you cannot pronounce or have never heard of, it’s probably processed food! It really is that simple!
Stay away from packaged foods that contain added sodium or sugar, artificial ingredients, preservatives, other additives, food dyes. Remember that many food additives come in numerous forms. Take sugar for example; there are over 30 different ways to write sugar on a food label. Back to last paragraph; if you can’t pronounce it or have never heard of it, it’s processed!
Keep it simple! I encourage you to get back to the basics of cooking. Once you remove the majority of sugar from your diet, you really start to taste foods in a new way. You can appreciate the food for it’s true flavors, and food really doesn’t need a lot of added stuff to it when you are able to appreciate it’s natural flavor. Remember, you cannot go wrong with whole grains, fruits and vegetables.
Here’s to healthy minds, bodies and spirits!