Ever read the food label on a box or can at the supermarket? Usually it includes a long list of ingredients with a bunch of confusing names. To put it simply, the longer and more confusing the list, the more processed the food is. And it also means that if you're eating that food you're probably not getting the best nutrients to help keep you healthy, fit, and slim.  Instead, you're often eating a bunch of chemicals that really aren't the best things for your body.

Instead of cleaning out your kitchen and throwing out foods with 8-syllable ingredients, just start by scanning the food label of a few foods the next time you're at the grocery store. Try to gradually choose more foods that have three or fewer ingredients listed on the label, or no label at all (like fruits and vegetables), and leave the processed foods (the ones with the chemicals) at the store.

Michael Pollan, one of the best writers we know of when it comes to food, has a great quote that's worth remembering when you're making the switch to fewer processed foods: "Don't eat anything your great-great-great grandmother wouldn't recognize as food." (Yes, that means Twinkies and Ding Dongs are out.)

This is one of 10 swaps you can make that will get your eating on track and give you enough energy to fuel your workouts. If you make all 10 swaps, you'll be well on your way to a healthy diet.


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