What are the best rules of thumb when shopping to reduce processed foods?

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Shop the edges of the store, not the middle. Produce, Meat, Dairy generally all hug the walls around the store. All the processed stuff is in the middle.


The following are general tips. There are always exceptions: Shop the fresh produce, frozen produce, dried grains and legumes. The fewer ingredients, the better. The more intact, the better (corn on the cob > corn meal > corn syrup). If you can afford it, buy some spices to make your whole food meals taste amazing.


Utilize the produce section. If you have a lot of cardboard or plastic, you might be doing it wrong. If it’s pre-made, you’re doing it wrong. If there’s a lot of ingredients, you’re doing it wrong


Citric acid is literally present in every single cell in your body as citrate. Emulsifying agents are present in any water-oil mixture, and raising agents usually involve production of carbon dioxide during manufacturing. Don’t get hung up on these individual ingredients – for most people, macronutrient balance and caloric intake is so much more important than whether or not your loaf of bread contains a small amount of zinc oxide.


Just because it’s processed to some degree doesn’t mean it’s bad for you. Unless you have loads of time to make everything from scratch, stick to things with fewer ingredients on the list (not a sourced fact just a life experience opinion) and give yourself a break. Yes I can make a decent pasta sauce from scratch, hell I can make pasta by hand – do I want to do that every single meal? Absolutely not. When I opt for the ready made option I chose sauces and pastas with as little ingredients as possible. That way I can jazz it up at home if I like and they tend to have fewer of the fillers and preservatives. I think there’s a lot of buzz around the word ‘processed’ like it’s always a bad thing. Even if you make a meal from scratch and eat the leftovers the next day, you’ve eaten processed food. Self education and also recognizing being a human is hard so ‘cheating’ is sometimes the healthier option.


Best strategies for kicking a sugar addiction?

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What worked for me was to remove an item until I didn’t crave it anymore instead of going completely cold turkey.

So for example – I used to like sugar in my coffee. I cut that out, until I didn’t crave it anymore. And then moved on to another item. Rise, repeat. Eventually your taste buds adapt and you’ll cut out a lot of things automatically because you just don’t crave sweets anymore.


Cold turkey. But you gotta give it weeks before you feel and appreciate what going without sugar does to your body, skin, mind etc.


What about eating fruit to wean yourself off?


There’s no one size fits all because some people go cold Turkey and it works. Others go cold Turkey and develop disordered eating and binge eating disorders. I think your best bet is currently tracking how much you consume, also check if you have triggers that make you want sugar, also check if you’re eating enough essential macronutrients like protein and complex carbs before you start consuming the desserts . You may be under-eating the important things.


My strategy was to always steer clear of them. If living on your own, don’t have them in your place. If not on your own or sharing your place, avoid the area they are kept in.

Someone pointed out on another post that If sweets are going to stay in your place (from another person), discuss the possibility of them storing them in a particular cabinet or drawer that you can avoid like the plague.

It’s going to take a lot of will power, but you can do it.


Which is healthier: Whole grain pasta or brown rice? I read rice has a natural toxin/bacteria issues?

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You’re not supposed to eat reheated rice? How am I not dead?


Chef here. Reheating rice is fine IF:

you cool your cooked rice to fridge temp within an hour

You use it within 3 days

You reheat it thoroughly, steaming hot inside.

Then it’s totally fine, no risk.


It’s healthier to eat both of them as well as few other types of carbs. Lack of variety is unhealthy.


Whole wheat pasta is more nutrient dense than brown rice. It has more of almost every single micronutrient, except for a few (choline, vitamin B1, vitamin B5, and vitamin B6).


I was surprised that Dr Berg on youtube is claiming brown rice has too much arsenic. Still looking into that assertion.


What vitamins do you take daily?

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Fish oil, magnesium, vit D


Vitamin D3 because I’m British and it’s winter


Vit D3

Magnesium L-threanate (can be helpful for anxiety for some people, also some people find it helps with migraines)


Omega 3-6-9

5HTP for sleep

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None. I get enough from food.


Depends on your diet. I eat pretty good. So only vitamin D and Ashwagandha. Fish oil on the weeks I don’t eat a good amount of fish


Which vitamins/minerals should you take separately?

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Fiber supplements will screw with not only vitamin absorption but medication absorption too.


Calcium plays well with magnesium, but not with iron. Calcium and iron should be taken at different meals.

Vitamin D enhances calcium absorption. Iron absorption can be hindered by the tannins in tea and wine, and can be enhanced by taking it with orange juice.


What is with your post history dude, goddamn! 🤣


Minerals should be taken separately, and I don’t even take a multivitamin. I have separates for magnesium, potassium, and then one full spectrum mineral pill to allow for choice. I take them with food. Yeah, there are studies and what not about inhibition, but really I just don’t like getting vitamins from pills much.


Ingesting together increases absorption:

– Iron and vitamin C
– calcium and vitamin D
– folate and B12

Ingesting together decreases absorption:

– Calcium and iron
– caffeine/tea/coffee and iron
– zinc and vitamin C