We can compare recipes, food and NuVal Scores but comparing ourselves to others, while soo easy, is bad business. I mention this because I need this frequent reminder myself. Do you have that voice in your head that says, “Look at Sarah’s hair. It’s so thick and voluminous, like a magazine ad—and when the weather is humid? Oh, it gives her locks a sexy wave. In the rain my hair is flattened on my head under a collapsed helmet of Aqua Net. Pretty.”
What do these silent admonishments give us? Negative self perceptions– which leads many of us straight to the Girl Scout Cookies. But what if we tried seeing ourselves as our friends do? For example, here in the NuVal office I work with many wonderful women, many of whom do not see their unique and stunning outer beauty. Carolyn can’t see how her skin looks like it hasn’t aged since she was 20. Marisa can’t see why people confuse her for an Italian supermodel. Kim doesn’t quite understand why people envy what she calls her ‘boyish’ hips while many of us long for those lean hips we had before babies.
I realize I am focusing on external images here but that’s what I see doing the most damage. We have to start internally appreciating the physical beauty we each uniquely offer the world. Remember that glorious feeling of having your first love rave about your attractiveness? It’s still in there; you just need to rock it like literally no one else can. And if you struggle with emotional eating, you might find, the better you feel, the better choices you will make.
Okay, let’s take our adjusted self images and compare some foods that will help us fill Better Bags of Groceries!
Cheerios vs. Multi Grain Cheerios: Here’s a perfect example of when marketing language might lead you astray. Here’s the truth: regular Cheerios score a 37 and the multi grain version is a 29. This, folks, is why you need NuVal.
The Kashi Brand has an honorable reputation. Healthy… right? Let NuVal help you decide what’s right for you. The Kashi Puffs score a 91 but the Heart to Heart blueberry flavor scores a 26–that’s below the average scores for all cereals.
Snack lovers listen up. Sometimes the versions that read lower in fat actually are the better choice. Regular Cheddar and Sour Cream Ruffles score a 9 while the baked version scores a 24. Nice trade up!
If you are watching your weight or nursing a frail person back to health, Carnation Instant Breakfast is one of my favorite options. It tastes good, has comparable nutrition and costs less than some fancy nutrition drinks. But choose wisely with NuVal Know-How. The no sugar added version scores a 52 while the regular version is a 25. This might be a very important fact for diabetics.
See you next week and please remember, compare foods, not people!
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