One of the first steps on my road to recovery was the “rule of thumb”. Im not sure who deserves credit for it, perhaps Michael Pollan, but its fantastic. The premise goes never eat anything if the ingredient list is bigger than your thumb. Its a great rule if you are in a hurry and dont have time to read all the ingredients but want to attempt to eat well.
I have been doing it for over a year, and its amazing the amount of junk food I can rule out with my handy little digit.
Of course what is going to be better in the long run is reading ingredients and making a list for yourself of absolute no eat ingredients. Then when looking at an ingredient list you know the danger words to look for, and food to rule out. More to come on that in the next post.
But in a pinch, use a thumb!