Nutrition label hacks.

I would like to share a little bit of my journey toward health and wellness with you. I wasn’t really overweight growing up, because I was active. Regardless, I perceived that I was enormous because of societal standards, and not being happy with your appearance was the “normal” way to think. After the age of 13, I quit my 10-year dancing career. I thought that since I was entering high school, I was going to have all these friends and not have time for anything, but my social life. Long story short, I missed it very much and that’s how I started exercising. It was the easiest thing to bring into my life since I don’t like sitting still. Nutrition, however, was a whole other ballgame.

When I was younger, I did not eat well at all. I had cake and soda for breakfast and pretty much only consumed processed foods. It took a long time to get to where I am now- having a healthy relationship with food. I’ve come across articles that have stated the “recommended daily value” of vitamins and such is bogus, the “2000-calories-a-day” is a sham, and let’s not forget the “Oh, you thought this food was good for you? GUESS AGAIN!”. It’s no wonder how if you’re new to the world of eating better and leading a better life, you can get lost along the way. Everything seems so contradictory.

My goal here is to make people’s lives simpler and offer more palatable ways to incorporate wellness from a person who doesn’t like to go out that much or spend a lot of money. The nutrition knowledge I have is an accumulation of trial-and-error, sifting through loads of articles, things taught to me by YouTube fitness instructors, and more of the like. I’ve compiled a list of things that come to mind on a daily basis when picking out food.

1. Aim to eat foods with FIVE Ingredients or less.
2. Ingredients are listed from the most prominent ingredient first to the least.
3. If you don’t know what an ingredient is, neither does your body. (This one really resonates with me. It just makes so much sense!)
4. If food is processed, aim for less than 5 grams of sugar. If it’s a piece of fruit, don’t worry about it.
5. Sugar comes in a crap ton of different names: fructose, sucralose, maltose, just to name a few. Click here for a more comprehensive list.
6. Beware of serving sizes. Nutrition labels like to trick consumers by making it look like the information for the entire bag/package when it is really just for a portion.

These mostly apply to processed foods. Everything that comes in a package- even frozen veggies- has a nutrition label, but if you buy plain old frozen peas or frozen broccoli, it’s not much of a concern.

Everything that I share on Cottontail Living is what has work best for me, and I hope that, in the end, some of it may work well for you, too. If you would like to know more, please feel free to email me at ze.cottontailliving@yahoo.com or DM me on Instagram @cottontail_living

-Ze ❤

**Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with any links that I post. Any programs, products, sites, etc. I mention are for sharing purposes only.**

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