One of the most frequent questions I get is “What do you eat?”
I eat a lot! But I think they are more interested in HOW I figure out what I am eating versus what I actually eat.
A rare inside peak into my brain when I am looking at a nutrition label-yes, the BACK OF A PACKAGE-not just the front (seatbelts recommended).
FYI-My rules for Gray, Zach ARE DIFFERENT-but that’s for another time.
I completely skip the calories, I DON’T CARE.
Immediate focus-sugar. Is it over 9g? Yes, put it back I am not buying it. Is it under 9g? Continue,
Next focus- Protein, is it higher than the sugar (there are a few exceptions to this-like if I am looking at food that I wouldn’t expect to have protein)? If not- put back. If Yes, Continue
Next focus- Fats– how high is it collectively? What is the saturated fat content? Depending on the product I will allow for more or less saturated fat, but as a general rule FOR MYSELF-the lower the better and if it has more than 6g of saturated fat per serving- I do not buy it. I focus on getting the majority of my fats from Poly and Mono-unsaturated fats. Does this mean I advocate against eggs, real butter or oils? NO-BUT I DO advocate knowing your limits on these things and we all have a threshold for every type of food.
Next Focus- Carbohydrates– how high is it? What is the fiber? If the fiber is less than the sugar then I usually won’t buy it and if there is no fiber I will not buy it (with A FEW exceptions, like dairy or proteins -as thesel have no fiber NATURALLY).
Next Focus-Ingredients– less than 10? Yes, continue No? Put it back-usually.
Can I pronounce or do I know what all of the ingredients are for? Yes, continue-if not I will GOOGLE and decide if that is something I am ok with or not (THAT depends on each person, btw).
Any artificial colors? I will not buy USUALLY.
Soy? I will not buy USUALLY.
Multi-tasking focuses Is this organic? Non-GMO? “Natural”? Whole food or packaged?
I believe in a mixed approach for organics. I will go for organic on things like tomato sauce, fruits, some veggies and corn and popcorn (I am sure I forgetting something).
The thing to remember is “organic” doesn’t automatically mean that it changes how your body metabolizes a food. A cookie is STILL a cookie, even if it is made with organic sugar. Regular sugar and organic sugar are STILL SUGAR.
Looking back on all that, now I know why I feel like I need a nap after going to the grocery store!