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Change your water! Change your life! Your bodies need it more than you know!
I hope you are excited about our CLEAN EATING CHALLENGE!
I’m going to keep giving you tips to survive this challenge, YOU ARE A WINNER, and YOU CAN DO THIS!
SOOOOO…I bet your body is like WHAT ARE YOU DOING!!!! But you have to be strong and tell it that we are trying something new, that’s going to make us better!
Lets talk about those processed foods again….we cant do this enough!
What are processed foods? Allow me to shed some light…
A “processed food,” in general, is something that has had to endure a process to make it what it is before it is turned over to you. Almost everything that comes in a box… is processed. Almost everything that comes in a zip-sealed bag… is processed. Almost everything that comes from a big giant brand or huge corporation or massive factory plant somewhere… is processed. Almost everything that you purchase from a grocery store… is processed.
I mean, that includes a lot – that’s all the aisles in the grocery store! You’d have to scale the perimeter of the store to avoid that, right?
Let’s look at the history of food in this country over the past one hundred or so years.
Once upon a time, before food was big industry (meaning: before processed foods) and we were dealing with the fear of famine, people were much smaller. Being overweight was a rich person’s dilemma. Why? Because you have to ingest an AWFUL LOT of whole foods (as in, not processed) on a regular basis to develop and maintain an overweight physique in that day. So being overweight simply didn’t make financial sense. Things like bread, pies, cookies, cakes… they were rare – couldn’t always buy them at the store, so you had to make them at home. Highly unlikely that you could or would be able to bake sweets every single day for your pleasure.
Because they were concerned about famine, portions were rationed carefully. They didn’t want to be caught out there not being about to get food, and having little at the house. Sometimes, you’ll hear our elders talk about when whole grains were once rationed out to the masses because not only did they need to make sure they had it for the soldiers, they needed to make sure the supply could cover everyone in the event of emergency.
To sum it up, food wasn’t presumed to be plentiful, and it caused people to skimp, penny pinch, and exercise portion control.
Now, in comes the push toward larger food distributors – less focus on local, more focus on “getting big.” “Get big or get out,” I believe was the actual line. The US Gov’t honestly feared that they wouldn’t be able to feed everyone without food production going factory, and took every effort they could to try to get it there. With food production being taken to the factories, we were separated more from how our food was made. The further the process was taken from us, the less oversight we had in regards to what was in it. We used to have the milkman, right? You made arrangements with a local farm to have your milk delivered to your door, right? Now, if you drink milk, you’re buying a gallon that comes from a farm that you have no knowledge of. You’re buying from a brand.
Now, all this food (food, mind you, that seeks to NOT be nutritionally deficient although it admits that it is) is available to our families. We, knowing what it’s like to have to worry about food not being available, begin to indulge. Factories – and factory jobs – are springing up because industries are blossoming. Longer work hours, both adults in the household are now working, and all this super convenient food at hand. We’re eating what we can, when we can, and eating a lot of it… since we’re enjoying the ability to eat at our discretion, not at the discretion of a ration.
Keep in mind, also, at this time… a new generation of children are being born under this new understanding of food. Family tradition might lend to certain dishes being made a certain way, but lots of dishes are being replaced by the magic elixir in the box. Some of us have that Grandma who insists on cooking everything from scratch. We tend to write her off as crazy or paranoid because “Times have changed” and “No one has time for all that cooking,” or maybe because “This is the [insert decade]s, Nana, we don’t live in the kitchen the way you used to!” Things that are all true, but come with consequences.
I asked you, dear reader, the interesting loophole in the FDA’s policy about imitation foods is that there’s very little limit to what can now be put INTO food. That’s an important point.
You know how, if you leave food sitting out, it will attract flies? Why? Because flies and rodents are attracted to the same things that our bodies are attracted to in food – nutrients. Ever notice that with ALL the food in a supermarket, there’s rarely any ants or bugs in the aisles, but you have to swat them away from the tomatoes or kiwi in the produce area? That’s not because every area in the grocery store – except the produce – is sprayed down. I can only offer theory as to why that is. For starters, the processed foods have to be processedto maintain shelf life. They have to be able to handle being transported to the facility. They have to be able to withstand sitting on a shelf until purchased. They have to be able to withstand sitting in your cabinets until you cook them.
Can you do that with your home made cooking? I doubt it.
Here’s another question: What do you think they’re putting in these processed foods to ward off insects and rodents?
Last question: Do you think it’s a good idea to ingest the same chemicals that are put in food… food that flies don’t even want? The same chemicals that prevent flies from desiring our food, are the same chemicals we’re ingesting when we eat this stuff anyway. How healthy can that be? Nothing in the world can debunk what feels like logic to me.
Taking that one step further for those of us who DO indulge anyway, what about the fact that the average processed food contains more calories than it’s “real” counterpart? Let me tell you a secret I learned from a friend working in restaurants. Foods that have to be reheated to be cooked are pumped with extra fat, because it helps maintain the flavor through the reheating process. Chemicals – like monosodium glutamate, found in processed foods with rich, thick, almost meaty tastes – help reheatables that have to be pumped with extra fat taste more pleasing to you. The convenience that the food offers may be a welcome benefit, but it comes at the cost of a massive excess in calories and unnecessary additives and preservatives.
So here we are, living in the new millennium. For breakfast, we’re eating cereal. For lunch, we give our kids lunchables. For dinner, we heat up a pot pie. (If you want a laugh, look at the ingredients list on the back of any of those.) For a drink, we have a capri sun or a coke. Instead of nutrient-filled calorie-light whole foods, we’re now indulging in calorie-heavy nutrient-light foods that’ve been mainly cooked FOR us!
When we take in foods, our bodies are expecting a certain amount of nutrients and vitamins. If our body doesn’t get what it’s looking for fast enough, what happens? It compels you to eat more! Yes! Have you ever inhaled half a bag of wafers, only to be hungry again moments later? All that work your body put in to digest this vitamin-free food, only to find that there are no vitamins in it? Yes, it’s going to tell you to try again and eat something else!
NOOOOOOOOOOOOO, thats not what I want!
The problem for many of us, is that because it’s so much easier and quicker to grab another processed food item instead of cooking.. we try to fix the problem with something that’d only make it worse. All the while scarfing down the calories, forgetting all the nutrients, and packing on the pounds while we’re at it. The convenience, the fact that very few of us know how some foods are cooked, let alone what the foods SHOULD consist of, has allowed us to eat much more with much less effort. Is that a bad thing? If you know how to moderate yourself, of course not. Many of us, apparently, don’t.
Having said all that I have to say this. I know we all lead busy lives. If you managed to read all of this in one sitting, I give you kudos! We have to scale back in a major way if we want to be healthy. In writing this, I’ve decided to break this up into a series, continuing it on with how I managed to wean myself off of processed foods and what it’s taught me about how my body interacts with food, and how it wants to interact with food.
Big difference between the two.
Until next time,
Be Happy, Be Healthy & Be Whole!
(I’m back from my hiatus)
Beginning Sept 10th and ending Sept 17th,
We will begin the 7 Day Clean Eating Challenge!
But before I dive into the details, let’s talk a little bit about what clean eating is and how it benefits us.
What is Clean Eating?
Clean eating is eating as close to the source as possible. What is the source, you ask? The source is Mother Earth, of course. Sure, it sounds like hippie stuff, but think about it – look in your pantry or cabinets, then look in your refrigerator. If the vast majority of the foods you own reside outside of your refrigerator and you consider yourself overweight? Chances are, that pantry or those cabinets are why.
Basically, living a life of clean eating is living a life of simplicity. You’re probably not going to overindulge on the breads – or eat much bread at all -while eating clean. No refined white rice. No deep fried goods. No processed foods. I mean, don’t get me wrong — I can acknowledge and appreciate the fact that our little friends in the box or plastic wrapper have allowed us to do a lot in a short amount of time (I can get scalloped potatoes with only a little milk and a microwave? I’m in there like swimwear!), but it is certainly not clean eating. If you’re going to embrace the challenge then the boxed goods, canned goods and plastic shrink wrapped packages… have got to go.
Clean eating, with all the “Mother Earth” talk, might sound like tree hugger talk, but it isn’t. It’s making sure that we use and respect the Earth for what it is supposed to give to us while, in turn, giving it what it needs. I don’t have to tell anyone that after we’ve enjoyed our boxed and plastic-wrapped goods, that that trash has to go somewhere…and it’s usually buried in a forest…er…landfill somewhere. Clean eating, because you’re using items that rarely come with wrappers, are less harmful to the environment.
OK, Enough of save the world soapbox...
What are the basic tenets of clean eating?
For starters, avoid processed foods. Outside of my usual spiel about why you should avoid foods laden with chemicals we don’t understand, there is actually a multi-layer reason for why this is important.
Processed foods usually come with an excessive amount of sugar. I mean, let’s face it – sugar tastes good. The companies who make our favorite foods know that sugar makes their food so irresistible, so they’re good for putting it in, well, everything. Avoiding unnecessary and unnatural sugars is a key part of clean eating, and you can’t do that in a lifestyle that includes processed foods.
Should you insist on indulging in foods that come wrapped in a package, check the ingredient label – if it contains an ingredient that you wouldn’t keep in your own kitchen (monosodium glutamate? what? – (changed for clarity)) then try to find something a little more chemical-free, or pass on the item altogether.
If you avoid processed foods, you’ll also be avoiding unnatural fats (like trans fats) and unnecessary carbs. All carbs aren’t bad, but the processed foods that tend to contain the highest amount of carbs and fats usually have the least nutritional value… and that gets in your way when it comes to achieving the next target of clean eating.
OK, OK, i’m done…
2) Get the most out of your food choices! Usually, this means going for the fruits and veggies over the chips and dip. And remember, we’re eating as close to the source as possible… so get the regular peach and skip the fruit cups.
3) When you choose to eat something, aside from “make sure it tastes great” and “make sure there’s no [insert food allergy] in it,” add “make sure that it’s chock full of vitamins and minerals” and “make sure this is the most nutrient-filled choice I can make” to your list. So no, the white bread isn’t going to give you as much as the whole grain bread might. And if you don’t know whether or not your favorite sub spot offers whole grain bread? Call ahead of time and ask.
4) Practice portion control. I’ve written on this before, but this is one part nutrition, one part eco-friendly. There’s no reason to take more than you need. Your body will only suffer through trying to churn through all this extra food, and it’s excess and unnecessary calories to burn. And you all know I love counting a calorie or two…hundred.
5) Drink at least 1/2 your body weight in ounces of water a day! That’s right.. I said IT! That should keep you sooo busy, that you can’t drink your pepsis or your coca colas or your hawaiian punches or your capri suns. Outside of the fact that water has the ability to help you feel full (more on that later this week) and flush your body of impurities, it has zero calories.
Say it with me. Zero. Calories.
Those are the basics, but we’ll be counting down to the start of the challenge by digging deeper into the principles of clean eating.
During the week of the challenge i will have one post each day about clean eating – everything from drinking (and enjoying) water to eco-friendly organic living to shopping lists to preparation for a healthy lifestyle (check out “Fitting Clean Eating Into A Busy Lifestyle“)… and topping it all off with some great recipes…
Get your questions in this week, so you’re prepared for the next. Tell your Mama, tell your friends, tell everybody… build your support system and we all can connect and do this together!
Who’s with me?
Till Next time,
Be Happy, Be Healthy, and Be Whole
Dr. J (By Faith)
Hello my faithful followers!! ITS TIME TO GET EDUCATED ABOUT FOOD! We eat to live to LIVE TO EAT!!
My post this month is about what food is good for, and what it can do for you if you eat/drink it (prepared the right way of course)! Plus there are some great recipes to try!
Some things you might not be familiar with, but LEARNING AND TRYING NEW THINGS IS GREAT!!
Here is a video that gives great information about food and what we should & should not eat! Awesome Info!
Now that you have gotten some great guidelines to go by….here is some food and health information about some particular foods!
BITTER GREENS AND HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE
Eating spinach and bitter greens (including beetroot greens, chicory, dandelion, endive, fenufreek, horseradish, lettuce and nettle) to lower blood pressure is a very sensible strategy and not just because they’re rich in vitamin C or potassium.
Some of the reasons these greens lower blood pressure is because they spur production of nitric oxide, a molecule that helps blood vessels to relax, remain smooth, regulating blood flow, inflammation and blood pressure.
For healthy gums, put this green vegetable on your grocery list. It’s an excellent source of vitamin C and provides calcium as well, both of which have been linked to lower rates of periodontal disease. Fresh is always Best! SIDEBAR: I just had a teeth cleaning (which I had not done in years..I KNOW I KNOW, bad girl) BUT the doctor said i had excellent oral health and to keep doing what I was doing! Broccoli IS THE BOMB!! LOL
RAW FOOD FACT!
Why are raw foods better than cooked ones? Exposing any type of food to a temperature of above 112 degrees Fahrenheit is going to break down and destroy the enzymes in that food. Because we need those enzymes for our own good health, cooking is actually depriving of something that is vital to our health. When you eat raw foods, all of those good enzymes are still in place. Lets add more raw things to our diets WE DESERVE IT!!
JUICES FOR WEIGHT LOSS
Fresh fruits and vegetables are key for maintaining a healthy weight. Juice fasting is believed to get rid of the stubborn fat. But keep in mind there is never a fast cure for your weight problem. A healthy and balanced diet and exercise is always key. It is generally recommended to do juice fasting for a day or two once every few months to get rid of all the toxins in the body and lose weight. This also gives all your digestive organs a much need rest as juices are generally easier to digest. Also juicing generally helps your body absorb all the vital nutrients easily.
Here are some of the juices that help with weight loss naturally:
• Lemon juice with honey added to warm water first thing in the morning
• Carrot juice helps maintain blood sugar levels and controls the hunger pranks.
• Parsley juice also helps curb appetite.
• Cabbage juice is excellent of getting rid of excess body fat.
• Asparagus is a natural diuretic and helps you lose the water weight.
• Celery and cucumber juice also acts as diuretics and aid weight loss.
• Juice of lettuce, tomato and celery
• Juice of grapefruit, orange and lemon
• Juice of lemon and pineapple.
• Cranberry Juice.
Lets JUICE PEOPLE!! and as always:
Be Happy, Be Healthy, Be Whole
Lets Try this this month! Tell me how it goes! Cooking is awesome for the family and it helps us stay away from processed foods! LETS GET BUSY!!
4 (6 oz.) skinned, boned chicken breast halves, cut into thin strips
3 tablespoons soy sauce
1 pound broccoli, cut into florets
3 tablespoons cornstarch
1/2 small sweet onion, diced
2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger
1 teaspoon grated orange rind
1/4-1/2 tsp. ground red pepper
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon dark sesame oil
1/2 cup chicken broth
1/4 cup orange marmalade
2 large oranges, peeled, sectioned and coarsely chopped
Cook broccoli in boiling water for 3 minutes; drain. Plunge into ice water to stop the cooking; remove from water and set aside. Drain chicken, reserving soy sauce; dredge chicken slices in cornstarch.
Brown chicken, in batches, in a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray over medium-high heat for 1 minute per side or until done.* Remove chicken from skillet, reserving drippings; keep chicken warm.
Add reserved soy sauce, onion, ginger, orange rind, red pepper, garlic and sesame oil to reserved drippings in skillet. Sauté for 2 to 3 minutes or until onion is tender.
Add broth and marmalade to soy-sauce mixture, stirring until marmalade is melted. Return chicken to skillet. Bring to a boil for 1 minute. Slowly stir in broccoli and orange sections. Serve dish immediately.
1 teaspoon finely grated lime rind
1/4 cup lime juice (about 1 large lime)
2 teaspoons sunflower or olive oil
1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and finely minced
2 (6 ounce) salmon steaks
Whisk together lime rind, lime juice, oil, ginger and jalapeno. Set aside a teaspoon of the mixture. Place salmon steaks in a dish just large enough to hold them. Pour remaining lime juice mixture over salmon and turn to coat. Marinate at room temperature for 15 minutes, turnig once (Do not marinate longer than 30 minutes or the salmon will go mushy). Preheat bbq to medium high and grease grill. Bbq salmon turning once, until cooked through, about 3 to 4 minutes on each side. Remove to platter and spoon reserved lime juice mixture over salmon. Serve immediately. If you wish to broil salmon, place on a rack set over a pan. Broil about 4 inches from heat, turning once, until salmon is cooked through, about 3 to 4 minutes per side.
This is a video series by The Dr.’s, on how Junk food effects the body and how quickly it can turn your health towards a downward spiral of sickness…
This is a four Part Series, so get ready!
E.R. physician Dr. Travis Stork takes on Project Unhealthy, a five-day experiment in unhealthy living.
I will let you think and comment on these things, and I will post the other two videos before 2011 is done…
Get ready for change in 2012!
Study Says Common Food Chemical Packs On Belly Fat!
We’re all familiar with my disdain for high fructose corn syrup, right? I mean, the stuff’s pretty awful. If you’d like a not-so-quick rundown, check here. It may help you navigate this post.
Apparently, researchers at Princeton put together a study comparing rats fed basic rat food and liquid sweetened with high fructose corn syrup to rats fed the standard chow and liquid sweetened with basic table sugar.
Um, you read the rest:
Rats with access to high-fructose corn syrup gained significantly more weight than those with access to table sugar, even when their overall caloric intake was the same.
In addition to causing significant weight gain in lab animals, long-term consumption of high-fructose corn syrup also led to abnormal increases in body fat, especially in the abdomen, and a rise in circulating blood fats called triglycerides. The researchers say the work sheds light on the factors contributing to obesity trends in the United States.
“Some people have claimed that high-fructose corn syrup is no different than other sweeteners when it comes to weight gain and obesity, but our results make it clear that this just isn’t true, at least under the conditions of our tests,” said psychology professor Bart Hoebel, who specializes in the neuroscience of appetite, weight and sugar addiction.
“When rats are drinking high-fructose corn syrup at levels well below those in soda pop, they’re becoming obese — every single one, across the board. Even when rats are fed a high-fat diet, you don’t see this; they don’t all gain extra weight.” – [source]
Now, I’m not going to use this as an “I told you so” moment – that’s not my M.O. – but I do need to take a moment to make something clear.
This study further proves that it’s not about the quantity of what you eat (although, let me be clear – there ARE people who eat too much and they CAN get in their own way.) This is validation for the fact that it is the quality of your food, not the quantity. If there is proof that a chemical [that can be found in most of the food we eat] can interfere with the body’s ability to burn the calories that we take in, then it’s much larger than “eat less.” Why? Because if I continue to eat smaller portions of the same harmful foods, I’d still get the negative results. See where I’m going with this?
I’ve long said that my primary goal should be developing and understanding how to adopt a healthy lifestyle, because the pounds come off that much easier at that point. I know this because I’ve lived it, and still live it.
We should all seek simplicity in our diet… not 4-word-long chemical chains that our body cannot break down. Ewwww…not appealing
I never give new science 100% credit or a 100% stamp of approval in any way, so I’d love to see more studies done and see what the fallout is over this, but I’ve got to tell you.. this is major.
The public at large deserves the right to make their own choices about whether or not they want this stuff in their food. Those of us who are working toward a healthier lifestyle, however, deserve to know the truth – that this stuff isn’t going to help us get what we want.
After allllll that, I say this. Know what you’re eating. We can’t go wrong with the foods our families have healthily enjoyed for decades, centuries, millennia. We take chances on processed foods that make our lives easier, and we suffer those consequences. I’m done with taking chances and I hope you are, too.
All in favor of working to avoid the HFCS, say “Aye!”
I challenge all of my subscribers and their families to stop buying products with High Fructose Corn Syrup in them for 1 MONTH! We need to get a head start….don’t wait until the new year!
Once the New Year gets here, we should be continuing to make healthier choices with our food choices and fine tuning our great new life style! YES I KNOW THE HOLIDAYS ARE COMING, but what a better time to start disciplining your self!
For all that are ready to take the challenge, Please comment!!!
You cannot always control what other people fix and what is placed in front of you in a restaurant, but you can control what comes into your home!
Lets Get It Together America
Be Happy, Be Healthy, Be Whole
J. Davis & the Divine Wellness Crew