Happy Wednesday everyone! If you saw Friday’s blog post, you probably already know we’re going to be giving a little thought to our food choices for this week’s Wellness Wednesday question.
As we talked about on Friday, many of our ‘foods’ sold in grocery stores contain ingredients that our great-grandparents wouldn’t even recognize as food. Now that doesn’t mean that all changes to our foods since our grandparents’ time are bad. For example, the addition of vitamin D to milk and B-vitamins to cereals has helped us avoid deficiencies that used to be common.
It does, however, mean that we want to read the labels on the foods we’re buying to make sure we know what we’re eating. Of course, some of the best foods for us (vegetables and fruit for example) don’t even have labels. Why? Because they don’t need them. We already know what’s in them.
While ideally we would eat all fresh, minimally processed food, I take a little more realistic approach. We live in the real world, and sometimes that’s just not possible. I think it’s perfectly acceptable to take some shortcuts sometimes, especially when time or energy is in short supply. We just need to make sure we’re aware of what we’re eating and not make those ultra-processed foods the cornerstones of our diets.
If we do need to take some shortcuts we can always make them a little healthier by adding in some more nutrient-dense foods.
Remember, we’re working toward better, not perfect.
This week, let’s ask ourselves:
We don’t have to eat perfectly all the time in order to improve our wellness, but making sure our food choices generally support our goals can go a long way. Even making small changes can help us make the move toward healthier eating overall.
How easy is it for you to eat well? Do you feel you have specific challenges that make it difficult? What would you like to know more about when it comes to nutrition? Please share!