Have you ever gone grocery shopping when you’re hungry? Did you buy a lot of things you hadn’t anticipated? Under the influence of hunger, everything looks good and interesting, and you’re not able to logically think through your decisions. The last time I did this I filled my basket with a lot of ready-to-eat food that looked healthy at first glance— such bright colors, such well-written health claims. Because I was in a hurry to get home and eat, I didn’t bother with actually doing my due diligence and looking at the labels. Due diligence isn’t fun, it requires energy, and my stomach was telling me that it is time to eat NOW.
After eating, I didn’t feel so good. I figured I had simply eaten too quickly or possibly too much. However, when I had that same reaction after eating a smaller portion more slowly, I decided to finally look at the list of ingredients. I was dismayed to find that what had looked healthy at first glance actually wasn’t that healthy.
If you’re trying to make healthier food choices, I encourage you to read the labels of everything you purchase. This may take a while— especially when you start— but it will help you to make more informed choices. You may realize, like I did, that what may seem healthy at first glance, may not be.
Thanks for reading. I hope you have a safe and healthy week.