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If sticking to a healthy diet in a world of artificial additives and shady labeling feels impossible, “Food Babe” Vani Hari has some empowering news: “The only person who decides what you put in your body is you.”
In fact, Vani says, it’s possible to “teach yourself how to eat the healthiest foods on the planet, and how to avoid food industry tricks.” Intrigued? Here are some simple ways to start:
Steer clear of artificial sugars. They hide in common grocery store items and might even make you crave more of the sweet foods you’re trying to avoid.
Watch out for MSG (monosodium glutamate) in all its forms, including “yeast extract” and “autolyzed yeast.” The salty flavoring, commonly found in Asian and fast foods, can make it hard for your body to resist not-so-healthy foods.
Buy organic—on a budget. Skip pricey organic packaged foods and buy organic fruits, veggies, and other whole foods — then cook them yourself.
Ask for what you want at a restaurant! If you don’t see something healthy on the menu, try mixing and matching side dishes or making a special request.
For more of Vani’s tips, watch the video above.