We never deny ourselves great food. Nope, us Bitches on a Budget believe wholeheartedly in yummy, satisfying, healthy, occasionally indulgent food. Our favorite food mantra comes from Julia Child: “Everything in moderation, including moderation.”

Food should make you happy… it should titillate… it should be fun, social, diverse…. it should keep you healthy… and it should be delicious. It is such an essential part of living it should be something you are literate about. That means not only knowing the provenance of your eggs and fish but also the nutritional composition of what you’re eating.

In our book, we offer practical tips to help you become a more savvy, self-determined purchaser and eater. The first step to being an empowered consumer is learning to read a food label. Yes, B’s—time to get literate.

Click here to learn the basics. Trust us, you don’t need to be a math major to get your head around this stuff—browse for a few minutes and you’ll get the gist.

Here’s a link to an interactive site about making your calories count. (Although little sets our teeth chattering more than the euphemistic question “is it good for you” referencing caloric values.) Certainly we don’t want to overeat, but a smart B’s goal is a nutritionally balanced diet. And here’s the straight story on so-called “good for you” foods. Remember, a smart consumer knows that eating fat-free or reduced-fat foods isn’t always the answer to weight loss! (Never again make the whole-box-of-Snackwells-in-one-sitting-cause-hey-they’re-fat-free mistake. No more. Better to indulge in one of your own homemade chocolate chip cookies made from rich, natural ingredients—recipe to come soon, we promise.)

Our message? Eat what you like. Just don’t be gullible. How we eat says so much about how we live… so let’s start eating like the self-aware, fun-loving, empowered women we are.