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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.
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.
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“.
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.
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.