Eating Simple IS Eating Better

Posted On Feb 20, 2023 |

If you’re serious about improving your diet, you MUST read the labels on the foods you buy. Better yet: try eating much simpler! Here's how and why.

Eating Simple IS Eating Better


Read this label and tell me what it is:

Soy Protein Nuggets (Soy Protein Isolate, Tapioca Starch, Salt), Peanut Butter Fudge (Corn Syrup, Invert Sugar, Peanut Butter [Peanuts, Sugar, Salt], Sugar, Palm Kernel Oil, Peanut Flour, Milk Protein Isolate, Soy Lecithin, Salt, Vanilla Extract, Xanthan Gum, Carob Seed Gum, Beta-Carotene), Chocolate Flavored Coating (Sugar, Fractionated Palm Kernel Oil, Cocoa Powder, Whey Powder, Nonfat Milk Powder, Soy Lecithin, Natural Vanilla Flavor), Corn Syrup, Acacia Gum, Fructose Syrup, Peanut Butter, Peanut Flour, Peanuts. Less than 2% of the Following: Glycerine, Soy Protein Isolate, Natural Flavor, Calcium Phosphate, Salt, and Vitamin & Mineral Blend (Calcium Phosphate, Ascorbic Acid [Vit. C], Magnesium Oxide, dl-Alpha-Tocopheryl Acetate [Vit. E], Niacinamide [Vit. B3], Zinc Oxide, Calcium Pantothenate [Vit. B5], Ferrous Fumarate [Iron], Pyridoxine Hydrochloride [Vit. B6], Vitamin A Palmitate, Riboflavin [Vit. B2], Thiamine Mononitrate [Vit. B1], Folic Acid [Vit. B9], Chromium Chloride, Biotin [Vit. B7], Sodium Selenite, Sodium Molybdate, Cyanocobalamin [Vit. B12]).

Did you guess it was a candy bar?


It’s a Chocolate Peanut Butter Zone Perfect Nutrition Bar.

Always Read The Label!

Even if it is in the “Nutrition Aisle” at your grocery store. 

Chances are you’ve eaten something similar when you were tight for time and wanted to grab something “quick and healthy.”

Perhaps you even ate one as a meal replacement at lunchtime. But once you've seen the sugar (or sugar-like substances), chemicals, weird fats and other ‘stuff’ on the label you’ve got to ask yourself, “forget healthy, is this really even food?” 

To me it is  a strange medley of highly processed ingredients.

And it’s not just the Fractionated Palm Kernel Oil. Do you see how many times the word “sugar” appears in this label? Sugar in all of its many sneaky forms is the death of a healthful eating plan. It’s delicious, addictive, and toxic.

I’m not even going to sugarcoat this for you.

Heh. Pun intended.

Sugar is more than just bad for your teeth; it causes insulin resistance that can lead to diabetes, is the primary cause for obesity, can cause liver disease, heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s and more. I've spoken about this before on my blog....

That’s the problem with the words “nutritious” or “healthy” or “organic.” They lure us into trusting the packaging and we stop doing the work. If you’re serious about improving your diet, you’re going to have to bite the bullet and read the labels.

Imagine that! I mean chicken is just chicken. Spinach is just spinach and avocado is just avocado. You don’t need a label or a special set of instructions. One ingredient foods are the key to eating better.

Ask yourself if what you want to eat is man made or nature made. If it flew, grew, swam or ran you’re probably good to go. If not, put it down.

Food that has one ingredient is almost always the most pure form of nutrition. And giving yourself over to clean, simple ingredients will set you on the path to a healthier diet.

Eating better doesn’t have to be complicated. Just following a plan to eat only food found in nature will get you most of the way there. If your grandma wouldn’t recognize the ingredients, its probably best to find an alternative.

Here are some examples: 

  • Stick to a diet of foods with little or no packaging, and are as close to their original form as possible.
  • Eating apples over applesauce, plain
  • Greek yogurt with blueberries over
    Chobani blueberry yogurt, 
  • Whole oats over a package of maple brown
    sugar instant oats. Get the idea?

The recipe for eating better is simple because eating simple foods is simply eating better.

How to Start Eating Simpler? 

Get rid of the obvious junk foods from your fridge and pantry. 

This includes things like:

  • Chips
  • Cheez-it-like snacks
  • Chocolates or candy
  • Soda/sweetened drinks
  • Alcohol, especially flavored/ sweetened mixed drinks (although small amounts of red wine may have health benefits)
  • Instant foods like cake mixes and mashed potatoes
  • Margarine and other processed fats
  • Most frozen dinners
  • Most take-out or restaurant leftovers
  • Bowls of candy or other snacks sitting aroundFlavored nuts (e.g. beer nuts)

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