After days of not working out, today I had to hit the treadmill. While clearing the mega-snow that fell over the weekend could be considered a workout, there is something about a planned, structured workout that makes me feel as if I accomplished something. I hit the treadmill for 30 minutes while I watched Dr. Oz. His show today was about food fraud, which is pretty scary stuff. Fish, extra virgin olive oil, lemon juice, just to name a few things that are routinely mislabeled.
Over the past few weeks I’ve become more conscious about the food that I buy. I saw a report on 60 minutes about food flavorings. Inside this lab was all these flavors that had been chemically created. I guess I never really thought about it. Until that episode. And a perfect example of my change of thinking was when I was trying to decide on a side dish for a chicken dinner. I wanted something quick and simple. I immediately thought of one of those bag side dishes of noodles and cream sauce. Then I remembered the 60 Minutes episode and how nothing in that package was real. Instead, I remembered that I had my pressure cooker and in less time it would take me to make that noodle side dish, I could make risotto. That’s right, risotto in 10 minutes and no artificial flavoring.
Now when I look at my shopping cart I am seeing less and less packaged food and more whole food. But according to Dr. Oz I shouldn’t fall into a false sense of security because there are companies out there who are looking to rip me off and pass of lesser quality products that do not have the nutritional benefits I’m looking for or that I need. Eating healthfully in today’s world isn’t the easiest thing to do but I know that in the long run it will pay off for me and my family.
After my grocery shopping trip and a quick lunch, on a whim I whipped up a batch of brownies. Now, brownies are not the most nutritious foods but these brownies contain no artificial flavors or ingredients I can’t pronounce. So, in the big picture they are not terribly bad for me as long I eat them in moderation.