I’m pretty sick of watching TV and seeing commercials for the sugar-laden, man made, hyper-processed food that passes as “health food” these days. These things are not food. Normally I just ignore it but lately this crap has been getting to me. A rule of thumb I like to use, to quote Micheal Pollan, you should not eat any food that has a commercial! The more you look at these things as “not food” the easier it will be to avoid them. One of the first steps I took when I started eating a whole foods diet and ditching processed food was to just ignore things like white bread and think of them as “not food”. It took me almost a year to phase out almost all processed foods from my diet. When you dismiss them as inedible it’s easier to say no. That’s not to say I never eat ANYTHING processed, but it ticks me off that these things are promoted as health products.
1. Jiff Whipped Peanut Butter:
When I looked at the ingredients list the second thing mentioned was SUGAR. Yup. Spread some sugar on your sugar (fruit, crackers, bread, etc). I could probably eat that whole container in one sitting. Which further proves its unfood-ness.
2. Special K Cereal
You know those commercials where the women are triumphantly fending off donuts and cupcakes because they had their “healthy” breakfast of protein cereal. How about some eggs?
3. Activia Yogurt
Give me a break….So sick of Jamie Lee Curtis slinging this sad excuse for a pro biotic supplement. Not to say pro biotics aren’t good, but I don’t suggest you take them in an vessel of sugar, dyes and stabilizers. Eat some raw sauerkraut or Kombucha. And this misses the whole point. I think it takes a little more than a yogurt every day to get your gut in check. If you’re eating processed food that increases gut permeability anyway, no yogurt in the whole can save you.
4.Jimmy Dean Delights
This one touts the fact that you can eat a whole breakfast sausage sandwich for under 300 calories. Why would you want your breakfast under 300 calories??? That’s insane. Things like this cause the out of control sugar cravings and energy spikes that plague the average American eater.
Not to mention when I clicked over to view the nutritional info I literally had to scroll down MULTIPLE TIMES to read the whole list. Again….eggs anyone?
5. Laughing Cow Cheese
I am guilty of buying these when I first started out trying to eat “healthy”! They are tempting. Each square is 30-50 calories. But if it is low cal and low fat….what else is in it? The answer is scary.
Ew! It’s not food! It’s a hyper processed cheese- like spreadable substance.
Currently I am embarking on a Whole 30 and am on Day 11. The Whole 30 isn’t about losing weight or staying thin. When you eat you should really be examining if the food you’re about to put in your mouth will benefit and nourish your body or have a negative effect. When you optimize the food you eat, your body will thank you.
P.S I’m not meaning to offend you if you eat these “foods”. I just feel like we need to be honest about processed foods- it’s not health food. If you choose to eat these types of foods, it’s important to understand that you aren’t making yourself any healthier!
What processed foods have you given up to make room for more nourishing foods?
Do you still eat processed foods even though there are questionable ingredients?