Real Food and Real Results “Real Food is Always Better than Fake Food!” This has become my signature statement for choosing healthful and nutritious foods. Mother Nature knew what she was doing when she created our food supply. The closer you can get you food to the way Mother Nature created it, the more nourishing and healthier it will be for your body. This means whole grains, locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables in season; foods that come without packaging or bar codes and only have one ingredient in them. Refined, processed and packaged foods, foods that have ingredients that you don’t recognize and can’t pronounce, foods that have additives and preservatives, or have been genetically altered (GMOs) or irradiated are not the best choices. If you choose real food over fake foods it will also eliminate the need for substitute foods such as diet sodas, low-fat dressings processed cheese food (not even real cheese). In general these diet foods have had something taken out of them and had it replaced with something even less healthy. So, whenever you have a question about the healthiest choice, or the latest fad, just remember: “Real Food is Always Better … “, and ask yourself, “How close is this food to the way Mother Nature created it?” One thing I’ve learned over the years is that our over-consumption of certain foods has made some individuals less tolerant of them. Add to that the fact that much of our supply of these foods has been genetically altered (GMO), they just are not as healthy and nutritious as they used to be. I learned a long time ago that although I am not “allergic” to wheat and wheat products that I feel much better when I avoid them. Don’t even get me started on food additives and preservatives. Many of us have “hidden” food intolerance or sensitivities to certain foods. These foods include wheat— which is not GMO but has been over hybridized—and all products containing wheat (even if it is whole grain), (corn and products derived from corn like corn syrup), peanuts and other legumes, soybeans and soy products (now mostly GMO) & dairy products (most cows consume GMO corn). I like the plan that I follow and recommend to others because it can “meet people where they are” with regard to food quality and what they are used to eating. However, the goal is to get people eating consistently in a way that manages their blood sugar, and when they start feeling better, cravings are reduced, and they are experiencing other positive results, it becomes easier and easier to make healthier choices. Virtually everyone, including fitness models, when they eat the highest quality meals will eliminate these foods from their diet when they want to be their leanest, healthiest and have optimal energy. My recent research shows that between 70-80 percent of the foods we purchase in stores have GMO foods in them. Top GMO’s include corn, soy, canola oil (rapeseed), cotton, milk, & sugar. And Aspartame comes from a GMO bacteria! YUCK! My achy joints stopped aching and my digestion and elimination is better when I don’t eat wheat, flour, pasta or any wheat containing foods. If you have a food intolerance or sensitivity you may not even know it. The easiest thing to do is to eliminate all of those foods that are suspect for 30 days and then try re-introducing them one at a time to see what effects they have.
Holistic Health & Lifestyle Coach, Vedic Educator, Author & Free Spirited Adventurer