These last few months I’ve been reading the book series “Eat This, Not That” by David Zinczenko of Men’s Health magazine. There are several books in the series, and all have eye-opening information about the foods we innocently eat.
What I’ve discovered from reading these books is that we should all be saying “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it any more.” *
So many unnecessary calories, additives, and preservatives are in our food that it is no wonder that America is sick with diabetes, heart ailments and such. Did you know there are 79 ingredients and 1,330 calories in a Baskin-Robbins Oreo-layered sundae? Fact is, we are all able to boycott foods that are not healthy simply by not buying them.
Some of the things I learned from reading “Eat This, Not That” books:
- Read nutritional labels carefully.
- “Reduced fat” is a bunch of hype and means nothing.
- Pay attention to trans fats; they are killers (eat no more than 2.5 grams of trans fat a day)
- Avoid ingesting high-fructose corn syrup (it’s in just about everything)
- Grind your own sirloin to make hamburgers; don’t eat fast food hamburgers (most are processed with ammonia gas as a “processing agent”)
- Be wary of restaurants and fast food spots; it’s a mystery how they can pack thousands of calories into a salad.
- Use smaller dishes to keep portions under control.
- Throw away your deep-fat fryer.
- Go for whole grains (not multi-grains, which are nutritionally inferior).
- Shop the outside rim of the supermarket where fresh produce, meats and dairy are located (instead of the center aisles of canned, packaged, processed foods)
- Eat at home so you know what you are eating.
- Prepare foods that are close to their natural form.
- Spend a little more sometimes to buy a better quality food that is better for you.
I could go on about “Eat This, Not That,” but now I’m inspired to eliminate all of the “bad” stuff from my pantry and refrigerator that I didn’t realize was responsible for some of the pudge around my middle. Let’s be realistic here. I’m responsible for buying and eating the stuff, but food manufacturers are responsible for the crap they put in it. I should know better, but I succumb to the marketing ploys just like everyone else.
Now to clean out that refrigerator and pantry and stock up on healthier foods. Think I’ll also write the FDA and tell them “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to EAT it any more.”
* From the 1976 movie “Network”