Do you eat real food or food like substances? When I first heard the phrase, “food like substance” it really struck a chord with me. The majority of the American diet is precisely that. People everyday put things they believe to be food into their mouths without really thinking about what it is doing to them on a physical, mental or even spiritual level.
What we eat becomes an expression of ourselves, its information and instruction for our cells to do this or that and it is something we have control over. The study of epigenetics hypothesizes that we actually have the ability to turn genes on or off. Cancer genes, diabetes genes, heart disease genes, weight loss genes, etc., etc. Were beginning to understand that just because Grandpa and his family had disease ‘x’ it doesn’t mean you have to as well. Same goes for weight loss.
#2: Refined & Processed Foods
So what does it mean to process a food? Things like smoking, drying, dehydrating or freezing for example are all ways to process the things we eat. These forms of processing can be quite healthy and make food last longer if done right.
We all know what junk food is and what it looks like. You have all seen the super colorful bags, boxes and cans displayed at the local grocery store. I used to work for 7-up and there was a lot of marketing that went into displaying things in a certain way so as to entice consumers to buy our product. From gizmos, to gadgets to free giveaways and even a lame pin-up calendar of the 7-up truck drivers! Trust me that was nasty and you do not want to be subjected to it:)
Not eating junk food may seem like a no brainer when it comes to weight loss yet too many people still believe that if what they eat is low-calorie and/or low-fat it will prove to be an ally in their weight battle. Nothing could be farther from the truth. These franken foods are full of garbage our bodies do not recognize and overtime can wreak havoc as our internal systems attempt to adapt (including blood sugar fluctuations leading to insulin resistance which promotes weight gain and eventually a lovely case of type II diabetes). These lab made foods are created to be quickly and easily consumed which makes us eat more than we should.
All the junk food companies want their product right at eye level so you don’t miss them. These are the very definition of food like substances (Oreos, Doritos, sodas, pastries, crackers, cookies, cereal the list goes on and on). Flip them over and check out the ingredients and you will find stuff like: enriched flour, phosphates, sodium bicarbonate, corn syrup, sodium diacetate, (ya I spell checked it) artificial flavor, soybean oil, sugar, vegetable oil, raisin paste, modified cornstarch, etc. Ingredients like these are loosely regulated and vaguely labeled and there is very little knowledge of how they truly affect us. The only proof is how much better you feel once you stop eating them and opt for real food. This should be a HUGE indicator that they are doing damage and contributing to the health crisis in all modern economies.
Some of the above ingredients are banned in Europe and other countries as a whole list of health problems are linked to them. Guess where I found these particular ones? In the elementary school where I teach. It’s some of what my students eat for breakfast in the form of pizza, corn dogs and something resembling a cookie. Yes, for breakfast and we wonder why so many kids are overweight, act out all the time, are moody, have ADHD, ADD and a host of other acronyms we like to slap on them in order to make prescribing drugs a lot easier. I still remember one of my students who was a handful. They put him on Ritalin and he became a ghost of his former self, almost zombie like. It was as unnatural as anything I’ve witnessed.
I can eat an entire box of crackers if I want to. That is a crazy amount of calories and yet I’m still hungry. Why? Because I have the calories and no nutrition. This is exactly what junk food companies design their products to do. Larger companies even have “food scientists” who engineer foods to appeal to our natural cravings. We love sweet and salty things and as you know most junk food is chock full of one or both. These so-called scientists turn processed foods into drugs which makes it very hard to stop eating them. A lot of people experience withdrawals when they cut back or quit cold turkey just like with alcohol or street drugs which speaks to how proficient these scientists are at their craft.
Real, whole, nutrient dense foods taste just as good and without question are much more satisfying. When you eat this way you naturally stop when full and your cravings for junk food diminish over time as you crowd them out. This leads your body to its natural “set point” that Jonathon Bailor talks about in his book, “The Calorie Myth”. If you’re looking to achieve your natural, healthy set point (weight) look no further than eating real food (including plenty of healthy fats like real butter, coconut oil, olive oil, ghee, avocado, lard, etc.) It will change your life…and allow you to lose your excess baggage.
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