In order to be skinny and debt free, SELECT whole, healthy, nutritious foods as often as possible. Select foods that your Great Grandmother would have cooked such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, berries, fish, lean meat, and chicken. Farmers markets and the periphery of grocery stores are the best places to find these kinds of foods.
Here are 10 useful hints on what not to eat:
1. Do not eat foods from the same place you buy gas. It’s a waste of money and you won’t be able to select whole, healthy, nutritious food. Changing this one habit could save you a few hundred dollars a year, which can be applied to debt.
2. Do not eat foods that are served through the window of your car. Most of the foods you get from fast food restaurants are filled with fat, sugar, and salt. They are not good for your health or your pocketbook.
3. Do not eat packaged or canned foods that have 5 or more ingredients. The chemicals listed would never have made it into your great grandmother’s recipes.
4. Eat foods that will eventually rot. Whole foods will eventually rot. Manufactured foods usually have expiration dates. We should live our life as if we are trying to live longer than the can or package.
5. Do not eat foods made in places where everyone is required to wear a surgical cap.
6. Eat only foods that you can picture in their raw state.
7. Avoid foods that make health claims. Foods marked low fats, reduced fat, or fat free, are not whole foods. They are more expensive because of chemicals and advertising expense.
8. Eat only foods cooked by human beings.
9. Stay away from white bread. It’s been said that the whiter the bread, the sooner you’ll be dead.
10. If a food comes from a plant, eat it. If the food is made in a plant, don’t.
We’re on a journey to be skinny and debt free. We’re not looking for a quick fix. Starting today, we can SELECT whole, healthy, nutritious foods a little more often in our diets. We can begin to drive by, instead of turning into the drive through. We can put less food chemicals in our body by making small changes.
One personal piece of advice….If a restaurant has a sign in the restroom that says “employees must wash hands”; maybe consider eating at home the next time. You’ll be thinner, healthier, and save some money, that can be applied to your debt.
Martin Sher, Co-CEO of AmSher Collection Agency and a past president of ACA International, is the author of the Collector’s Pledge. Hundreds of thousands of collectors all over the world have signed this unique document committing to treat people with dignity and respect. AmSher is known as the collection agency that collects with compassion.