I am so excited to have ordered the DVD Get Healthy Now 2007 from VegSource. [watch a clip] The very first  lecture is Jeffrey Novick, MS, RD, LV/N, titled “Health Food vs. Healthy Food: Can You Tell the Difference?” In this lecture, Jeffrey Novick begins with his first rule, “NEVER BELIEVE ANYTHING YOU READ ON THE FRONT OF A PACKAGE” His second Rule is: “ALWAYS READ THE NUTRITION FACTS & INGREDIENTS LIST.”

Here is a synopsis of what Jeffrey Novick says:

  • Fat: All we really need is 3 – 5 of our total calories from essential fats. In the US, most people are getting 35% of their calories from fat and often not essential fats. When buying packaged products, stay with 20% or less of total calories from fat.
  • Sodium: You should have 250 mg.  or less of sodium per day. 1 tsp of salt is 2200 mg. The US daily average of sodium intake is 3,000 to 5,000 mg per day. (10% of this comes from the salt shaker, most of the rest from processed foods).
  • Sugar: Sugar & carbs are our main source of energy. The brain needs about 500 calories from sugar per day. The issue is not total sugar but added (refined) sugar. There should be no added sugar in the first 3 – 5 ingredients. the average American gets 20% of their calories from refined sugar – about 140# to 150# per year.
  • Carbohydrates: since 1980, 90% of carbs in US come from white flour. When reading Nutrition Facts, don’t be concerned with Total Carbs – but do be concerned with added/refined carbohydrates. Make sure that the ingredients read “whole” grains – accept nothing less.

My guess is that I will write more about this lecture – it really helped me clarify and better understand food labels. I have studied them for years and usually found myself confused. Jeffrey Novick says the labels and ingredients list are confusing – so it wasn’t just me.

If you want to change what you are eating and how you are eating by desiring healthy foods and ending the cravings for junk foods, consider using hypnosis. Self-hypnosis can make the difference for you. Slender For Life™ weight-loss clients who use hypnotherapy find that not only do they get to their goal weight and stay there, they have less stress, sleep better and have better exercise habits.

Speaking of health food, you have to read Blondie.