On May 20, 2016 the FDA released the long awaited changes to the nutrition facts labels found on foods. The final nutrition facts labels are better than I expected and I can say I am impressed by the changes that they have made. In waiting for them to be released, I was skeptical as to what the final verdict would be. Let’s review what they are and how they can help you make better food choices.
1. Increase in font type size for “Calories”, “servings per container”, and “serving size”. The number of calories and “Serving size” will be in bold type as well. I like this feature for the fact that we beat these concepts into our clients and students because it is easily missed and is very important that it’s not missed. Knowing the serving size and the number of servings in a food is the basis for the rest of the label. To overlook this while consuming the entire drink or package, you are not realizing the result is a lot more going into your body....
Transparency: Changing your Eating Habits Made Easy
People ask me all the time how they can live the life style I lead, or they think I lead! My philosophy is to make it “Transparent”. Transparency means it has to be simple and in small steps you take to get to the place you desire, whatever that is.
It really is simple and does not require big changes in your life style. I do not go out and forage in my yard for my meals! I eat a lot of the same things you do, I just get my food from different sources.
When I go to a grocery store I stay in the outside isles. I don’t venture into the boxes and bags of processed foods. Start there and replace some of those foods with produce and the real version of the food you want to buy that are in that bag or box. The other step is to buy from your local farmer. Eat Wild (http://www.eatwild.com) is a great resource to find local farmers that raise great food and produce.
You will see from the site map showing you the farmers participating, that yo...