Contents - What you can read about
- 1 The Truth About Abs – Find Out Here!
- 1.1 Change the Way You Look At Food
- 1.2 You CAN become a food guru!
- 1.2.1 About Butter
- 1.2.2 Artificial sweeteners are just that; artificial.
- 1.2.3 Soda is not your friend
- 1.2.4 Never eat processed meat if you want to avoid … premature death!
- 1.2.5 Microwave Popcorn
- 1.2.6 Salt
- 1.2.7 Canned Tomatoes
- 1.2.8 Never eat kids’ cereal if you must keep tabs on your sugar intake
- 1.2.9 Soy
- 1.2.10 If you like clean food; do not consume “industrial” hamburgers
Change the Way You Look At Food
You have probably been bombarded from every direction about what foods gets the green flag to consume, and what foods are going to destroy your body eventually. Take one look at a social media site and there is hundreds of new age eating, meat abolishment, lifesaving spice of the moment, vegan and paleo diets. There are a gazillion informative informational sites ready to truly mix you up.
So before we take on the no-no’s list, let look at nutrition a completely different way. This is the shortest and easiest route to gaining perfect health and becoming mindful. On top of this; what I am going to teach you a way to look at food differently so it is always be in your mind forever. I expect that each and every time you look at food; the little nutritional break-down wheels will roll fast before you even take the first bit.
Your first step is to be able to identify what each food item provides nutritionally. Pick up an apple. Sure apples are fruit. But what does this fruit actually provide for the body? You already know it contains Vitamin C, but what else does an apple bring to your health? What food group is it in?
Pick any single item you love and break it down to nutritional value for the body. Think of it as writing the label for a back of the box. How are you going to describe exactly what this morsel in your hand does when it is in your body?
You CAN become a food guru!
Follow the nutritional information as far as it will lead you until you can identify any food matter quickly in your mind. Sure, a banana taste great, provides natural sugars, vitamin c and more importantly a lot of potassium and minerals to ward off body cramping.
Once you are at the ability to pick up a product, and your mind is telling you all the benefits of this food, you should reach more for what kind of vitamins, minerals, and other key areas it nurtures the body. How many different food groups are you hitting in one meal?
Have you ever waked up craving spaghetti? This is a sign of Vitamin A deficiency. The spaghetti is the need to incorporate more carbs into your system. Pizza and Spaghetti are the number one hangover cures.
If you are sitting in a restaurant and have finally become a food guru, then the challenge is to order something which you can easily break down into positive nutritional food choices base on your superior knowledge of how each item benefits a deficiency in your body health.
Practice at home by starting on the low end of discovery. Shop for fruits, vegetables, potatoes, with a compelling idea of how you well prepare. If you love your meat, know the meat with pesticides; eat trim cuts, and small portions. Ask the meat what it will provide for your optimal health other than protein (hint: there is much more).
As an intense guru of food products, the more you learn and dissect the abilities of food you are passing through your body. You will naturally begin to know exactly what food item you need to fuel, soothe, and medicate your body.
The last level of becoming a food guru is to consciously pick out a food item because you know you need this particular food piece to take care of low blood sugar, or leg cramps, or depression. This is absolute truth in our connection to food. No longer are the old-school pyramids valid. We have risen above this. Know what food will provide you with exactly want your body is wanting; and know why.
Example: Tonight, it is fish because the body needs proteins and those scant minerals. The salad provides necessary iron, calcium, roughage, vitamin A. The proteins will support the liver. The salad cleans cells which affect skin and hair. If energy is low, rice will be added. This is how every meal should be approached. It is behind the scenes, before the plate hits the dinner table, where the conscious thought to maximizing body health begins.
Dig in deep to what foods do to you, so you have the upper control on food purchasing and the best health.
With that, let’s take a look at foods you should stay away from if at possible.
If you love butter, than eat real butter. This means staying away from margarines. The biggest lie told to consumers about margarine is that it was a healthier alternative to butter. Margarine is loaded with trans fat. Margarines are reformulated time and time again in efforts to combat the trans fat problem. Margarine is processed food. If you want your cholesterol levels to stay healthy, go for genuine butter.
Artificial sweeteners are just that; artificial.
Evidence is beginning to show that artificial sweeteners can cause a host of unwanted problems, even weight gain. These are chemical replacements to simulate the taste of sugar without adding calories. Scientist has recently found artificial sweeteners in treated wastewater, causing potential risks to fish and other marine life. So next times you rip open one of those little bags to dump in your coffee, you need to be asking yourself why.
Soda is not your friend
Sure it taste refreshing, but can most people get control of how much soda they drink in the course of a week? People who consume soda everyday increase their risk of developing Type 2 diabetes over a 16 –year period compared to those who do not drink soda. This risk is increased by 25 percent. Life is about balance, even with soda.
Never eat processed meat if you want to avoid … premature death!
It is a slap in the face to those of us who love bacon and sausage. However, studies show that people who consume a lot of processed mean are setting themselves up for the risk of premature death. These meats are notorious for people developing conditions like cancer or heart disease. One comprehensive study included data from 448,568 people in 10 European countries and concluded that those who ate the most processed meat were 44 percent more likely to die prematurely from any cause than those who ate little of it. High levels of consumption bumped up the risk of death from heart disease by 72 percent and cancer by 11 percent. Processed meats, like hotdogs and deli meat, are more likely from factory farms where conditions are not up to par. Then you add the growth hormones, antibiotics, artificial ingredients, and a lot of preservatives. One such preservative, sodium nitrate, is known to damage DNA in ways that can lead to cancer. Cooking then creates more carcinogens, especially if you char these meats.
If you just have to have it in your diet, look for lean, organic, free-range and grass-fed varieties. Be mindful of how much processed foods you may be consuming.
Microwave popcorn is delicious, especially when the flavor mimics that of theatre popcorn and it is convenient, and quick, to make. Yet, it is also filled with perfluorooctanoic acid, or PFOA. This chemical lines the bags to keep the oils from escaping. This is the same formula used in non-stick coatings and stain-resistant carpets. PFOA mimics hormones and has been linked to infertility, thyroid disorders, immune problems, high cholesterol, and cancer. Another problem microwaved popcorn? It also contains diacetyl, a chemical butter flavoring that causes lung damage.
Try making popcorn the old fashioned way using coconut oil in a skillet or use an air popper.
Salt is an essential nutrient we must consume. The highly processed stuff which most people have in their cupboards is devoid of the minerals nature originally gave it. There are better, more flavorful, versions available like natural sea salt or Himalayan sea salt. Most of us also get way too much salt in all the processed foods we eat.
Most canned foods are lined with biphenyl-a, or BPA, to extend shelf life and protect the food. Recently, it has also been linked to infertility, heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and both breast and prostate cancer. Even a trace amount of BPA finds its way into almost any canned foods. Acidic foods, like tomatoes, leach even more out of the protective lining.
Use fresh or dried foods more often and wash them thoroughly before eating them. Choose bottled tomatoes or jars of tomato sauces instead of cans.
Never eat kids’ cereal if you must keep tabs on your sugar intake
Sugary cereals are an adult’s guilty pleasure, but the leading cereals are sugar-crammed with very little nutritional value. Some of the most popular kids’ cereals have over 56 percent sugar by weight. One preferred serving delivers over 50 percent of the recommended daily sugar intake per serving as recommended by the World Health Organization. Search out healthier options, and read labels…be a food guru.
Back in the early 70’s soy was made fun of as a source of food, especially being scoffed at during outdoor movie theaters. Then the new age brought soy to the forefront bragging of all the natural health benefits. Soy is not the health food people once thought it was. Most soy in the U.S. is genetically modified, heavily treated with pesticides, Soy contains phytoestrogens that mimic human hormones and interfere with our natural balance. It is also considered a common allergen, causing allergic reactions in many people, especially children.
Organic, fermented soy products like miso and tempeh are going to be way healthier as many of the phytoestrogens and allergens are broke down during the fermentation. There are better alternatives to soy such as brown rice, pea, and hemp seed proteins. Remember about 93 percent of soybeans grown in the United States have been genetically modified.
If you like clean food; do not consume “industrial” hamburgers
Industrial meat from factory farm cattle is a whole different beast. Filthy conditions, copious growth hormones and a diet comprised of genetically modified corn all add up to abysmal beef. A steak or roast mostly comes from a single animal, yet that ground beef you love is a mix of meat from hundreds of animals. The USDA has found the risk of contamination at dangerous levels of disease-causing bacteria in more than 50 percent of the ground beef samples it has tested. Find out where your burgers come from and opt for grass-fed beef.