Let’s discuss the “5 Ingredient Rule” for The 80/20 Lifestyle. A word we used in my home growing up was P.I.T.A. (Pain in the A$$) and that word perfectly describes how I feel about food labels, more specifically ingredients. They are confusing and manipulating, require a degree, they morph and twist depending on cultural awareness and they drive a further separation between big food companies and public confidence.
So, I gave them up all together.
First Generation Food is my best definition of Clean Eating. How does First Generation Food translate to a food-packaging label? Let’s start with a random jar of peanut butter. If the ingredients are, “peanuts and salt,” then you know it’s clean because you would buy JUST peanuts and salt to create homemade peanut butter. But if the ingredient list says, “roasted peanuts, sugar, fully hydrogenated vegetable oils (rapeseed and soybean), mono and diglycerides, salt” you might want to think about passing with a big NO.
When was the last time you went to the store for a delicious helping of diglycerides?
So, simply speaking, if you are purchasing canned, boxed, packaged, etc. items, keep your ingredients to a maximum of 5 recognizable, First Generation Foods.
Don’t worry about words you can’t pronounce, just go to the next brand of the same item until you find a company that aligns with The 80/20 Lifestyle Guidelines. I promise, for every brand there is a company committed to providing the cleanest, healthiest option. Your only job is to be diligent enough to sniff them out. This commitment of time and investigative work will leave you with a deep appreciation for transparency and will also act as a conduit to strengthen your commitment to Healthy Lifestyle Transformation.
Here is a great example of a multi-ingredient First Generation 80/20 Lifestyle Clean Eating Recipe.
If you can’t pronounce it, don’t eat it. This means stay away from boxed meals, packaged mixes, frozen foods, etc… Shop the parameter of the grocery store (where all of the good stuff is); fresh vegetables, herbs, grains, fish-poultry-beef.