I’m quite passionate about many things in my life…and food is no exception. And so, with GREAT PASSION, I tell you these things. Please try not to be offended, I’m just going to tell it like it is. 🙂 While most of the things I will say are proven scientifically, I suppose it could be considered “opinion”. But that’s why it’s MY blog.
Most people in our country have no idea what they are doing to their bodies with the food they eat. And there is no excuse for it. It’s completely possible to eat nutritious whole foods…even on a very limited budget. It just takes time and a little planning. Social pressure and habits are hard to overcome…but it’s not impossible. I would assume that much of it is just ignorance…people will believe whatever the TV tells them and it tells them to eat gross stuff. Another pitfall is that most people will eat what they have been fed growing up. And in this current generation, parents/grandparents were victims of the microwave dinner era. It was the “if I can make it faster, I will…regardless of my health” era. And unfortunately, that has continued as their “food legacy”.
It really boggles my mind when I glance around at my fellow grocery shoppers (when I’m at a conventional grocery store) and realize that 95% of their carts are filled to the brim with Mountain Dew, fake cheese, white bread, kool-aid, sugar cereals and factory farmed meats. It makes me really sad, actually, that they don’t even realize that the reason why they can’t poop and have chronic colds and runny noses…is related to the food they eat. Food is powerful stuff. It can kill you or heal you. It’s up to you to decide if you want to kill yourself with the food you eat. Just because it’s on the shelf at the grocery store does not mean that it’s safe or proven to be good for you.
I think there should be a mandatory “label reading class” before anyone is allowed to enter a grocery store. I am a compulsive label reader, so it horrifies me to think that people grocery shop without reading labels. If you are not in the habit of reading what these corporations are putting into your food…you should start today. Go to your pantry and get rid of anything that has “partially hydrogenated oil” and/or “high fructose corn syrup”. Check your crackers (especially graham crackers) and breads and any other convenience foods. Then move onto anything that has pretty colors in it. Red #40. Blue #1. You get the idea. Then start looking for preservatives and get rid of those. They will try to confuse you and it will read “to maintain freshness”…but this is really just a nice way of saying “a gross chemical preservative that will make you sick”. Then go through again and get rid of anything that has “enriched flour” in it. Take anything with aspartame or splenda in it and throw it far, far away. Diet soda addiction? Please stop. Sugar free gum? Needs to go. Next, the pretend healthy “whole grain” stuff. If it has “whole grain” and the next ingredient is high fructose corn syrup, it’s not good. C’mon…whole grain Lucky Charms? That has to be the funniest one I’ve seen. Or how about whole grain corn dogs? What?! Sodium nitrate on a stick with a “healthy” coating.
You also have to be careful with “health” foods. Just because it says it’s organic does not mean it’s healthy for you. Those organic cheese puffs are not good :). The organic pop tarts? Oooh they are tasty, but don’t eat them every day! Be careful with dried fruit…most of it is coated with sugar/sugar water. Watch the sodium content of “healthy” boxed foods.
That will be a good start to getting your kitchen to where it needs to be so you don’t die. Am I overreacting? I don’t think so. Do just a little bit of research and you will see for yourself how our country is dying because of the food we eat. One of my personal favorites is the article, “How to Give Yourself Cancer in 5 Easy Steps”. The sad thing is…most people don’t care. You can tell them that all of the above ingredients will give them heart disease, colon cancer, liver problems, hormone problems…and they will dismiss it as “well, I’m alive today so I don’t care”. Or, “it’s just habit and it tastes good”. Or, “My kids won’t eat ‘healthy’ foods”. For those people, it will take a radical problem in their life to make a change. Their child will have to get diabetes for them to wake up. They will have to have a heart attack to realize that “oh, maybe I should cut back on the animal fats”. But if that’s what it takes…so be it.
For me, I choose to be proactive and take an active role in preventing disease. I want to fill my body with so many anti-oxidants, greens, and goodness that disease would have a really hard time finding me. It IS possible to reverse the effects of unhealthy eating. Think anti-oxidants!! Eating healthy foods is an investment…not a burden. Eating healthy foods is worth every penny you spend! If you really don’t know where to start…start here.
‘Eating healthy’ is a term that is debated over and over. No one can seem to agree on the best way to eat healthy. I feel that eating food that is ALIVE with nutrients…fresh fruits, veggies (especially GREENS!), sprouted grains… is the best way to maintain health and the studies will agree. But you’ll have to decide for yourself…and that’s the thing. It’s a decision. Whether you know it or not, you are making a decision every single day regarding your health. Regarding your children’s health.
Now, before anyone gets all crazy…please know that I am not perfect with my eating in any way shape or form. I am changing daily and making the best choices I can DAILY. Food is a very emotional and personal choice…and it’s probably the most difficult change one can make in their life. I have eaten candy bars. I have eaten LOTS of organic pop tarts. I’ve eaten all kinds of stuff that is bad for me. But in doing so, I have made the CHOICE to do so, and that is what this post is about…making choices. As long as the majority of your food choices are really good, you can have a few treats. I want people to learn and grow and expand their knowledge of what food can do.
One of the best pieces of advice I can offer is to first, get all of the “bad stuff” out of the house. Don’t have it near you … and you won’t be tempted. If you happen to want a sweet treat while you’re out, let it be that. A “treat”. Something that you indulge in with friends. Not an every day thing. Fill your house with nutritious (and delicious) foods and snacks…and start to re-train your body and mind to crave those healthy things. Your taste buds WILL change…you can do it!
Eat well and be happy!
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