It’s so easy to do… You want to eat healthy foods, and so as you push your cart into the grocery store, you start scanning for the words “healthy”, “low fat”, “enriched with vitamins and iron”, “sugar-free”, “low sodium” or “gluten-free”.
You start filling your cart with these items, trusting that they’re going to be better for you, but unfortunately, they’re probably not.
So why is health food making us feel un-healthy – even downright sick?
What the food manufacturing companies don’t tell you is that in order to make the food taste good, without the undesirable ingredient (sugar, gluten, fat, etc.), they’ve added something in its place. And this “something” is usually a chemical additive or another highly sensitive ingredient.
And then the marketing comes in… A yogurt brand may claim it is healthier because it is “low fat” – or even “fat-free”. But when you look at the list of ingredients, you will see that it has way more sugar than the full-fat version – and is likely to be full of artificial flavors and other additives.
By the way, flavored yogurts are just one of the 5 foods I suggest you remove from your pantry/fridge to immediately cut a huge chunk out of your daily sugar intake – without too much effort. Go and read my post to find out what the other 4 foods are…
And the food companies love to capitalize on the latest diet fad, leading with this in their marketing. So just because something is low carb, or high in protein, gluten-free, or enriched with vitamins – doesn’t mean it is necessarily “healthy”. And depending on your particular food intolerance, it may actually wreak havoc in your body.
Now, if you feel like you’ve been taken in by some of these empty promises of healthy food, then please don’t despair. The food companies spend millions of dollars a year trying to buy our trust and quite frankly manipulate us.
But you can put an end to all of that by getting smarter than the food label. This is something I teach in my Rebalance 1X1 private coaching. You’ll become the judge of whether something is healthy for you or not. And you’ll get super savvy about the food products you’ll allow into your shopping cart.
This takes a bit of work at first, but by joining my Rebalance 1X1 Coaching Program, you’ll have the journey clearly mapped out in front of you, and you’ll have me as your guide. And believe me – I was duped by food labels for many years before I took the power back – and got my health back with it.
I’d love to help you to get both your health – and your power – back!
Erica Hunter is a holistic-ish Health Coach. A zen-ish mom with two amazing kids. And a badass wife to a super patient husband. As Owner of NOW Health and Wellness, she specializes in food sensitivity testing and the elimination of inflammatory foods to improve mental and physical wellbeing. She believes we are what we eat, the food-body connection is powerful, and our daily food choices matter. Erica didn’t always love veggies, or know much about the connection between food and health. Until 2008, her diet consisted of high sugar, highly processed foods and tons of coffee. Throughout her life attempts at eating “healthy”, proved unsuccessful and following her first pregnancy, severe digestive symptoms began to interfere with daily life. Each day was a struggle to get out of bed and perform daily tasks. In pursuit of better health and a better quality of life, she eliminated gluten from her diet. The change in her digestive and overall health was apparent after just two weeks. She has never looked back and has been gluten-free since 2008. Finding her trigger food and understanding its impact on the body made a profound difference for her and her family. In 2014, she received her training as a Holistic Health Coach from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition studying over 100 dietary theories, practical lifestyle management techniques, and innovative coaching methods with some of the world’s top health and wellness experts. Combining over 15 years of real-life experience with her training, Erica creates custom programs that focus on the powerful food-body connection and lead to improved quality of life. She received her training as a Holistic Health Coach from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition where she studied over 100 dietary theories, practical lifestyle management techniques, and innovative coaching methods with some of the world’s top health and wellness experts.