Learning to read food labels

Gaining knowledge is the best way to change your outcome

I’m sure you realise by now that this is not a fad diet, but a new healthy lifestyle. You may be following along with my menu plans now but unless you plan to stay on my program indefinitely you will need to learn to make healthy choices, so you stay in your healthy weight range.

Snacking is one area many people struggle; the key is to have healthy options available. Snacking is a part of a healthy lifestyle but there’s a lot of junk food out there masquerading as healthy food, so it’s important to learn the difference.

Here are some sweet and savoury snack options for you to consider: low joule jellies, my fabulous baking recipes, pretzels, rice crackers with low fat dip, diet yoghurt, a small handful of almonds or one of my Premium Breakfast Shakes. If the pantry is bare – high fibre cereal, skim milk and fruit (fresh or canned) is a perfectly acceptable snack, especially when experiencing an afternoon slump.

Read the labels of packaged food – as a rule, if sugar is listed among the first three ingredients it’s probably best to leave it on the shelf. When choosing muesli bars or breakfast cereals you’re looking for at least 3 grams of fibre per serve.

Action step

Grab a few snack items out of your pantry and check the food labels. Do you think they would get my tick of approval? If you’re not sure, share some pics in the group so we can all discuss whether it should stay or go.