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Challenge #9 How to Limit Processed Foods and Take Control of Your Health

Taking Action

Here are some practical steps you can take to limit processed foods and improve your health:

Action Step 1: Read All Labels and Use the YUKA App When it comes to limiting processed foods, knowledge is power. Every label should serve as a warning sign, alerting you to potentially harmful ingredients. Make it a habit to carefully read the ingredient list on every package. Look out for added sugars and unhealthy fats like palm and canola oils. If a product contains more than 5 grams of added sugar or any seed oils, consider it a red flag and find a healthier alternative. Additionally, take advantage of technology by downloading the YUKA app for free. Use it to scan food products while you're at the store for instant feedback on the nutritional quality of a product.

Action Step 2: Choose Wisely and Embrace Whole Foods Identify your favorite processed foods that you're not willing to give up entirely. Then, aim to minimize these to less than 500 calories per day total. Get the majority of your calories from one ingredient foods like vegetables, protein, fruit, and healthy fats. These nutrient-dense options will nourish your body and help you feel fuller for longer.

Action Step 3: Find Healthier Alternatives and Sweeten Smartly Spend some time exploring healthier options for your favorite processed foods. Look for products with fewer additives and preservatives, and experiment with homemade alternatives. If you have a sweet tooth, opt for natural sweeteners like monk fruit in moderation. These alternatives provide sweetness without the negative health effects of refined sugar.

Action Step 4: Eat More Veggies Incorporate more vegetables into your meals to increase your fiber intake. Fiber helps keep you full and satisfied, reducing cravings for processed foods.

By following these simple steps, you can gradually reduce your intake of processed foods and improve your overall health. Remember, small changes can lead to big results, so start taking control of your diet and habits today!

Here's to your health and happiness!

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