As a manager of a Supermarket's Fresh Produce Department that does about
$7 Million (U.S.) in FRESH Produce sales a year, I've been hesitant to bring up diet any more than I already do.... :)
I almost completely agree with Selmer's guidelines.
I do have a few ingredients and items that I have always avoided as much as possible: Sodium (or Potassium) Benzoate
(preservatives found in most soft drinks)
Nitrites and Nitrates
(preservatives found in all ham, bacon, hot dogs)
High Fructose Corn Syrup
(This one is scandalous - your tax dollar at work!)
All Artificial Sweeteners and Artificial Fats.
Fake Beer, Fake Wine, De-Caff Coffees & Teas
(I call these items "Why Bother?")
I quit all caffeine (to fight incontinence) except dark chocolate chips .
I quit alcohol as it gives me instant bedwetting in my otherwise continent world.
I've always watched the quality and calories of oils in foods and only cook with extra virgin olive oil or canola.
(Non-virgin olive oil is produced using petroleum solvents!)
Will I still eat sausage at the family reunion
- or bacon at my girlfriend's mother's home
- or a Hebrew National hotdog at Lee & Buddy's cookout?
Will I drink instant tea and eat high fructose junkfood at the Church picnic?
(There is a story about how some words that come out of your mouth can be more poisonous to you than anything you might eat.....)
But as I just try to avoid these things - without being a pest, I find myself eating more Fresh Fish & Fresh Produce & Low-Fat Yogurt.
(Right now, the Alaskan Salmon and Australian Navel Oranges are most excellent.)
It seems studies alternately endorse and then warn against every vitamin & supplement.
about 5 times a week, I take a Multi, some C, some E, some D & Cold Milled Flax Seed or Cold Pressed Flax Oil.
However, as all of our efforts except for Smiling, Fresh Produce and Exercise seem to go in and out of favor at a moments notice -
- I hesitate to offer my personal choices of vitamins and supplements as guidelines.
I would, however, try to sell you a box of oranges I imported from Creed!