Eat The Old-Fashioned Way
This post is a continuation of the post about basing our diet on simple, old fashioned foods. As much as possible we should try to eat natural whole foods that our grandparents and great grandparents and great great grandparents would have recognized.
Foods Are Like Drugs
The foods that we eat and the beverages we drink make up every cell of our bodies. Foods are like drugs, and they send powerful chemical messages all over our bodies, including our brains. Everything we choose to eat and drink has a huge impact on our health and how we feel physically and mentally.
As we are in January and beginning a new year, and as we want to make better choices for ourselves and our family in the coming year, it’s time to take stock of what it is we have in stock.
Out With The Old and What Is Not Serving Us
We already talked about cutting out the diet foods and overly processed sugary foods and processed carbohydrates. We talked about replacing the damaged processed fats with healthy fats. Now is the time to consider clearing out all the products from our pantries, refrigerators and freezers that aren’t serving us in our endeavor for weight loss and overall health. Ditch the energy drinks and candy bars. Ditch the breakfast cereals loaded with sugar. Breakfast cereal out of a box really isn’t the best start to our day anyway. Ditch the bags of chips and salty snacks, particularly the ones flavored with MSG or hidden as “yeast extract“.
Become A Food Detective
In general, go through your kitchen and be a bit of a detective. Read the labels. If there are ingredients in your food that you have never heard of and have no idea what they are, get rid of them. Why would we eat things when we don’t even know what they are? And why the heck do we need modified corn starch, propylene glycol, carrageenan and gelatin in our 0% fat yogurt? Ironically these ingredients don’t belong in our yogurt but the fat does! Did you know we can’t even utilize the calcium in the yogurt without the fat anyway? Choose a yogurt that is just real, whole yogurt. Locally where I live, Tree Island Yogurt is my choice.
If you want to know more about reading labels and the about the detrimental ingredients in our foods, check out Vani Hari at the Food Babe.