Another good rule of thumb is the less ingredients included the better.
I like these rules of thumb you keep giving me. :>
in general, the "better for you" foods are stocked around the perimeter of the store. they're fresh foods that have no added ingredients, like produce. i second what kelly said about the fewer the ingredients the better. the stuff in the middle of the store is cheap junk that does nothing for your body but make you fat. you're paying for the brightly colored box, the food inside is essentially worthless.
This makes sense. I usually don't go into any of the aisles, unless I'm looking for something specific. Like... Cookies.
food should have an expiration date! it is supposed to spoil. if it doesn't, then it has been altered in some way. if that means it was fresh and has been frozen, or that it was fresh and has been canned, that's okay. but if it's sold to you in it's edible state, and it does not spoil, freak preservatives have been added. if it preserves food indefinitely, what will it do to your body? think frogs in a jar. do not want.
If something lives forever, eating it won't make me live forever. Got it.
everyone eats too much meat. you know how i feel about this at an ethical level, but if you can overlook my obvious bias, the truth is that's it's totally unnecessary to our health, and the average amount of meat eaten by americans is well fucking above what even our government's absurd food pyramid deems necessary. crazy people will tell you need meat because you need protein and iron. and in their alternate universe, that's unavailable except in dead animal form. i recommend they eat some almonds and spinach and stfu. proof, you say? here's some: carnivorous animals have acidic saliva so that their bodies begin to break down the muscle they eat before they've even swallowed it. our saliva is basic, so the digestion process is much slower and sometimes, ineffective, hence the plethora of fiber supplements available to consumers. gross.
Other than sandwiches I don't eat a whole hell of a lot of meat. Whenever I cook anything that calls for meat (things like Pastas and shit) I just leave the meat out because I'm too lazy to cook the meat.
finally, the fda is a corrupt, profit-centered joke of a government agency. what they say about the safety of any product cannot be trusted. i know i sound like a conspiracy theorist, but it is absolutely true. they give their approval to products that have the potential for profit, whether by consumer consumption, or producers' ability to make more, faster. example? sure: recombinant bovine growth hormone. this is a synthetic copy of a protein naturally produced in the glands of cattle. by administering this hormone to cows, dairy farmers force them to produce milk when they are not pregnant or feeding calves so that it can be produced, treated, and sold more quickly. this has adverse effects on the health of dairy cows (inflamed breast tissue, lameness, and infertility), and if that doesn't dissuade you, then what it could to our own bodies should (it has been linked to cancer in some studies). canada, australia, new zealand, and most of the e.u. have banned its use. if you need more evidence that the fda is worthless, start counting the number of prescription and over-the-counter drug recalls.
so, the moral of the story is to eat food that is fresh and less processed.
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I don't drink milk and if I get a cereal I get the kinds that go with soy milk. Like Raisin Brand. Shit like that.
When I was living with a room mate he thought I was crazy for drinking soy milk. Once I was sitting at the table, eating cereal with soy milk and he came and sat down across from me with a glass of milk milk and took a big drink then did one of those obnoxious "AHHHH"s and licked his lips and stared at me. I was like whateva.
I'm full of artificial sweetener