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Know your label terms!
Enriched: this means that certain nutrients have been removed, then re-added.
Fat-free: the product contains less than 0.5g of fat per serving
Fortified: when a nutrient has been added to a food that doesn’t contain it naturally
Lite or light: the product contains 1/3 of the calories or half the fat of the full-fat version. Often chemicals are used, such as olestra, an artificial fat substitute, are added to reduce calories
Low cholesterol: the product contains 20mg or less of cholesterol and 2g or less of saturated fat per serving
Low-fat: the product contains no more than 3g of fat per serving
Made with organic ingredients: this label guarantees at least 70% of a product’s ingredients are organic
No added sugar: this sounds good, but the product may already contain sugar naturally
No salt added: while no salt has been added, it doesn’t mean that other sodium sources have not been added, or that the product is not already high in sodium
Organic: this word tells you that the food or product is guaranteed to contain at least 95% organic ingredients measured by weight.
100% organic: this means that a product is made with 100% organic ingredients.
Reduced or less fat: the product has at least 25% less fat than the full-fat product
Salt free: check the Nutrition Facts panel to determine the amount of sodium per serving, and look for sodium sources other than salt, such as MSG
Sugar free: this means that a food can contain up to 0.5g of sugar per serving. Second, it can contain artificial sweeteners such as aspartame, sucralose (Splenda), and others that are also not so great for you.
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In January 2013 I realized I needed to do something to improve my health. I spent 2012 on maternity leave and often neglected taking care of my own health (sleepless nights and caring for a tiny human will do that!). Not to mention the many years before that where health was at the bottom of my list of priorities. Luckily, I discovered Lisa's 30 day green smoothie challenge. The recipes were incredible and a green smoothie drinker was born! But I didn't stop there. Starting each day in such a healthy way led me to consult with a naturopath (it would have been Lisa if we were in the same city), do an elimination diet, and discover that I have sensitivities to wheat and milk. I changed to a whole foods-based diet (most of the time) and took up running. In the span of 8.5 months I went from being tired and sluggish on the couch (literally - I could run for one minute at a time before having to walk) to having enough energy to run the Detroit International Half Marathon. I actually RAN the whole thing! And I lost almost 60lbs along the way! Thank you, Lisa, for being my catalyst. Your challenge kept me interested in a new way of living and saved me! I continue to drink a green smoothie every day for breakfast. What a wonderful way to start each day!
Thank you thank you thank you!!!
Imogen Meloche Windsor, Ontario