Dr. Peggy Malone has coined an effective acronym to help you do just this.
Eat less CRAP:
C – Carbonated Drinks
R – Refined Sugars
A – Artificial Sweeteners and Colors
P – Processed and Fast Foods
Carbonated Drinks: Some people drink fizzy sodas every single day and never drink water at all! These drinks are laden with sugar and preservatives which cause your body to store excess amounts of fat.
Refined Sugars: Our bodies are just not designed to handle so much sugar. Sugar is the “Cocaine” of the food world… and most of us are highly addicted. Too much sugar can lead to, among other things, diabetes, heart disease and Alzheimer’s.
Artificial Sweeteners and Colors: Artificial sweeteners are chemical compounds which cause health problems including diabetes, cancer and even weight gain. Stick with small amounts of natural sweeteners like raw honey and maple syrup!
Processed and Fast Foods: Not all science and progress is a good thing. Just because we can do something with an assortment of chemicals and make something that tastes good and will keep for years doesn’t mean we should… and it certainly doesn’t mean that it’s a good idea to eat that crafty science project on a regular basis.
Eat more FOOD:
F – Fruits and Veggies
O – Organic Lean Protein
O – Omega 3 Fatty Acids
D – Drink More Water
Fruits and Vegetables: Eat lots and lots of veggies and some fruits to get the best that nature has to offer in terms of many of our nutritional needs!
Organic Lean Protein: If possible this should be from a sustainable, pastured animal source. Grass fed beef, organic pastured chickens and pigs or wild fish.
Omega 3 Fatty Acids: We have been conditioned for the past 40 years or so to demonize fat and think that it’s bad for us. Well guess what? Not so much. In fact, fat is an important nutrient that keeps us healthy. By increasing your intake of Omega 3 fats you will decrease inflammation in your body and decrease your chance of chronic diseases like diabetes, allergies, and problems with mood and memory.
Drink More Water: Your body is made of 60-75% water so it makes sense that you should drink more water. The general rule that I pass on to my patients and clients is to take your weight in pounds and divide by 2. That number is the number of ounces of water you should aim to drink each day. (eg. If you weigh 160lbs, you should aim for 80 oz of water each day.)
So there you have it. Follow this wonderful acronym and you will be eating less crap and more food!