Health Tip #74

Health Tip 74

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Health Tip#49

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Health Tip #48

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Pesticides = Poor Health

It has been shown that the toxins in our food greatly increase our overall toxic burden to a point where they become a major contributing factor in human disease.  In fact, some experts have equated our modern food supply with a slow poisoning.

Pesticide use has steadily increased in modern times.  After World War II, chemical warfare companies switched over to agriculture and began using their chemicals as herbicides and pesticides on our crops.

Studies have shown long term exposure to these chemicals has resulted in infertility, birth defects, endocrine disruption, neurological disorders and cancer.  Particularly worrisome, is the toxic effect on the reproductive systems of women wanting to get pregnant, pregnant women and on young children.

Why are we eating pesticides?

A major problem is that 80% of genetically engineered (GE) or genetically modified organisms (GMO) crops are actually designed for use with these chemicals.  They go hand-in-hand.  Chemical companies own GE seed companies.  An estimated 7.7 billion pounds of pesticides are applied to crops each year.

Making better choices

These chemicals are sold to us under the guise of increasing yields and lowering costs but research shows otherwise.   Less toxic techniques such as IPM (integrated pest management), crop rotation and installing pest traps have shown an increase in crop yields and a decrease in pesticide use.

Consumer Report suggests that certain foods should always be organic.  These include: peaches, strawberries, bell peppers, tangerines, cranberries, carrots, green beans, hot peppers, nectarines and sweet potatoes.  Also, animals fed pesticide laden foods, will bio-accumulate these toxins so that foods that come from an animal should also be from pesticide free sources.  For more on buying organic, please see tip on choosing organic foods.

Health Tip #26

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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.

Taking Stock

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.

 

Health Tip #9

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Low Fat, Sugar Free, Low Calorie, Cholesterol Free, Lean, Diet…  If you see these words on food labels on products on the grocery store shelf, put them back and walk away! When you see these words think chemical $&!% storm.  Low sugar or sugar free often means artificial sweeteners.  Saturated fat free can mean these fats have been replaced with damaged trans fats and vegetable oils.  Low fat often means high sugar or high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is used to enhance the flavor.  To make any of these products taste good after all the natural goodness has been stripped from them,  artificial flavors, monosodium glutamate (MSG) and artificial colors are added to them.  And of course to keep all of this … whatever it is, “fresh” then of course food companies  add preservatives to the products.  Most if not all of these products will also be produced using genetically engineered ingredients (GMOs).

I’ll have more to say on each of these in further posts but for now, what’s the bottom line? All of these “foods” because of their toxic nature, promote weight gain, not weight loss.  If you want to lose weight, just eat real food.