You have decided to eat more healthy foods, clean up your diet but you really don’t know where to start. It’s clear you need to eliminate processed foods but don’t know whether the food you are eating is real food. Certified dietitian Leslie Langevin, MS, RD, CD of Whole Health Nutrition shares these five questions to ask yourself before choosing foods. 

Does it come from the ground? You want to eat foods that are as close to their natural state as possible. Choose plant based foods that are recognizable as a whole grain, such as quinoa, rice and barley. Eat veggies, fruits, nuts and seeds, these foods are rich in fiber and help with heart and digestive health. Choose colorful vegetables, the plant phytonutrients help reduce inflammation and many cancers. 

Can you pronounce and recognize everything on the label? Foods that seem to be healthy can have hidden ingredients and additives so read all labels carefully.