Putting Your Mind Over The Fear of Food
It seems that we are constantly bombarded with information on good foods/bad foods, organic vs. non-organic and GMO foods. However, constantly being in a state of alertness when it comes to making the right food choices may be doing you more harm than good.
Let's look into organic labeled food. The FDA only requires that a label says "organic" if it is 50% organic. This could mean that as a consumer, you're breaking your bank to eat healthy and your food isn't even 3/4 of the way organic. Refer to the Dirty Dozen list to find out which produce items are worth purchasing organic. Save your hard earned cash on the rest.
Gluten-free foods may not be doing you any favors either. Sure, there are some people that have chronic conditions and diseases that require a gluten-free diet. However, most do not benefit from this dietary restriction and may even be missing out on important nutrients found in grains that promote a healthy nervous system and decrease their risk of colon cancer. Gluten-free foods contain pure starch and are stripped of valuable fiber, vitamins and minerals found in the outer layers of wheat. This starch may be making it difficult for you to lose weight and may cause spikes in hunger just hours after eating a meal. These foods that aren't naturally gluten-free often cost you a lot more than their whole wheat counterparts.
Your best bet is to use common sense when it comes to grocery shopping. Pick foods that are fresh or frozen and nutrient dense. If you can't afford organic produce, don't sweat it! You'll be doing yourself a favor by making healthier choices anyways and will be glad you did in the end. Afterall, it's better to eat a non-organic salad for lunch than a cup of Ramen.