Read the Ingredients Lists

Ok, so, this Sunday, Eric and I went to Whole Foods to shop; and can I just say, I looooooove the place! It makes my life ten times simpler, and happier to know that most (if not all) of the products they sell are good and good for you. Is it  a bit more expensive? Sure, but hey, when you think about how you are helping to keep your body healthy by eating right so that you don't have to spend thousands upon thousands of dollars in Dr's bills later on, I'd say the few extra bucks are worth it.
That being said, however, I will admit, we do not shop there all the time (when there is no money, there is no money) so, when we don't shop at this heavenly place, all I do is pay extra close attention. I read the labels carefully (and yes, this does drive the hubby kinda nuts, but again, totally worth it) I make sure to buy seasonal produce, I buy the things that need to be organic, and I stock up on leafy greens.
So, since I know most people (me included) are not fully aware of what products or ingredients are hurting them, or what to avoid, or buy organic, etc, I have decided to put together a little list to help you shop :) The key thing to this is: READ THE INGREDIENTS LISTS! Because, I don't care how much a product boasts of "0" this or that, their goal, is not to be truthful to that little statement, it is to sell you the product. And these marketing companies know you are all dieting and looking for the latest fads out there like "low fat", "no fat" "fat free", etc. So, ignore the front, and go straight to the truth of the product (what it is really made of/the ingredients) 
Here are the lists :) Hope they can be of help to you too. [A good book to read to help with this too is "Skinny Bitch"]

Produce you MUST purchase ORGANIC: (these have a higher amount of pesticides than most produce items, so you should buy them organic)
-Peaches                -Kale
-Apples                  -Lettuce
-Bell Peppers         -Grapes
-Celery                   -Pears
-Nectarines            -Carrots
-Strawberries         -Cherries

11 Worst Food Additives (If you see any of these on the ingredients lists of whatever item you are looking at, even if it boasts to be healthy, put the item down, and walk, no, run away from it)
-Artificial Colors - Blue1, Blue2, Red3(erythrosine), Green3, Yellow5 (Tartrazine) and Yellow6
-Artificial Sweeteners - Acesulfame-K, Saccharin, Equal, Splenda, NutraSweet, Swee'NLow, sucralose, sorbitol and aspartame
-Benzoate (BHA) Preservatives and BHT Preservatives
-Brominated Vegetable Oil (BVO)
-Potassium Bromate
-Propylene Glycol and Propyl Gallate
-Sodium Nitrate and Sodium Nitrite
-Monosodium Glutamate (MSG)
-Olestra
-High-Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS)
-Partially Hydrogenated Oils

These are Five Healthy Sweeteners you should and can buy :)
-Evaporated Cane Sugar       
-Sucanant
-Stevia                  
-Maple Syrup
-Agave Nectar              
-Honey

Again, hope it helps :)
xoxo