Most of us do like to eat well. Even though we may not always pick the best of foods, we do see and hear about healthy foods from many different sources. Sometimes, however, the information can be confusing, and if we don’t have a good education in what to look for in choosing healthy foods, we can often become misled.
Since the trend is going towards healthy eating, many companies have created a twist in their product lines to include foods that are so called healthier. However, many of their products are just glorified junk foods. They still contain white sugar, corn syrup, white flour, preservatives, milk and whey proteins, and are overly refined so you still don’t get the foods that promote good health. Instead of getting high nutrition, you may end up with just more high calories – something you don’t want or need.
Education is key here, however, one thing to first consider is where you shop. Shop where healthy foods are sold, and where you won’t be tempted to purchase unhealthy foods. Also, don’t shop with coupons. You will rarely find coupons promoting healthy foods. Most generally, the foods that are cheaply made, engineered to taste good, and are heavily advertised that are on the coupons. So consider the following information so you can make great healthy food choices.
o Foods in their natural state are obviously more nutritious because they have the natural fiber, vitamins, minerals, and proteins, untouched. Plus they don’t have the added sweeteners, enhancers, colors, additives, fats, etc. added. We need to remember why we eat! We eat for the nourishment of our bodies, and if the foods do not provide good nourishment, then they most likely are causing adverse affects on the body – congesting, polluting, and creating health problems and disease. We need foods that are high in vitamins and minerals to feed our cells; fiber for cleansing; proteins for building and repair; natural carbohydrates to give us energy; and good sources of fats to help our brain and organs function properly. Foods should accomplish two things: nourishment and cleansing, and even though water is our best cleanser, foods cleanse too. If foods do not nourish and cleanse, in reality they are not real foods – just fillers and fluff! So that answers why many people are actually over weight!
o White flour is a common ingredient in many of our foods today. However, white flour is void of the fiber, oil, and the vitamins and minerals that naturally occur in the whole wheat kernel. If white flour can be used as a glue, then what might it be doing to our intestines (creating all kinds of digestive and bowel disorders)? Even though many are now choosing whole grain breads, better than that is the whole grains themselves. Whole grains in all their varieties (brown rice, barley, oats, millet, quinoa, kamut, wheat, spelt, amaranth, etc.) are great for breakfast cereals, added to whole-meal salads for lunch, main dishes for dinner, and even desserts. We need more fiber and roughage and the whole grains are perfectly designed to give exactly what our bodies need. Just sprout them, or cook them up a few at a time, and keep them refrigerated to use on a moment’s notice in a variety of ways.
o Sweeteners are a real consideration today. Our biggest problems with health and weight is the addiction of sugar, and that’s exactly why it is purposely put into most processed foods – to create an addiction to it. Sugar can actually be considered a drug because it is void of all vitamins and minerals, and thus can only cause a chemical reaction in the body. It can not nourish or create positive benefits to the body in any way. Better than eating candies, pastries, and desserts, is choosing to eat good sources of raw natural fruits themselves. Often times that’s what our body is really hungering for. When we do choose to eat something sweet other than fruits, choose sweeteners such as raw honey, raw dates, stevia, brown rice syrup, other natural sweeteners, and fructose on occasion. These sweeteners provide vitamins and minerals and work with the body, not against.
o Our meat market today is producing unhealthy animals not fit for human consumption. Main stream market animals are fed hormones to help them grow faster and produce more quickly, antibiotics to keep them producing without infections in their crowded circumstances, and even their own bi-products even though cattle and poultry are herbivores by nature. If that is not enough, their slaughter houses have soaking solutions for water retention, which also contains the fecal matter, dirt, blood, etc. that is all absorbed into the meat. The fat and connective tissues in the meat make it the hardest food to digest – which does heat the body and can be used to our advantage at times. However, we have been blessed with wonderful legumes – beans in all their varieties: black beans, pinto beans, soy beans, red beans, navy beans, kidney beans, garbanzo beans, lentils, and much more. Just keep in mind that most of the world relies on legumes as their main staples, so these shouldn’t seem uncommon to us. They are full of protein, fiber, vitamins, minerals, as well as a good balance of carbs. And they have very little fat (especially compared to meat with the same amount of protein), and no connective tissue so they digest easier. We would greatly benefit from eating a variety of legumes on a daily basis and cutting out unhealthy meats.
o Many of us have been raised drinking milk. Again, our milk market is like the meat market and the milk products from such unhealthy animals are not fit for human consumption. Think about it! Would you take supplements of hormones and antibiotics on a daily basis? Well you are getting a good dose of them if you consume main stream market milk products. It is often brought out that our children reach puberty earlier, our feet are growing longer, our height is increasing, and the average weight is increasing, partly due to the hormones we consume through our meats and milk products. If that is not enough, please note that much of the milk produced is Grade B – which allows up to 5% blood and pus from infected cow utters. No, they won’t allow that to be sold for drinking milk, but they do use it for making cheese and other milk products. Milk is not the best source of calcium as we have been brain washed to think. Because of the pasteurization process, the calcium in the milk is indigestible. Our best sources of calcium come from leafy greens, raw nuts and seeds, whole grains and beans. What we really need to be drinking is water – good pure water. It is our best natural cleanser and we really don’t need any other drink. Water has that good clean flavor of its own that says it’s pure and exactly what our bodies need. Nothing can compare to the importance of water!
o Raw fruits and vegetables are one of our most important foods. They are water- rich for great cleansing, they provide many essential vitamins and minerals and the perfect amount of fiber. Plus, they give us natural digestive enzymes to not only help aid digestion, but for cellular respiration and reproduction. When we don’t get these natural enzymes, our cells do not reproduce properly. For best digestion, fruits are best eaten first thing in the morning and for mid-morning or mid-afternoon snacks. They do not digest well with other foods and don’t make great desserts. Vegetables are great for any meal and prepared in a variety of ways. Though raw is always better, if we do not chew sufficiently and properly, then we may actually be assimilating more nutrients from cooked vegetables that have been somewhat broken down in the cooking process. Organically grown produce is not always that much higher in nutrients if it is picked too early or too mature when eaten, however, remember that they are grown without the chemical fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides and other chemicals which is an advantage.
If you are hooked on fast foods and convenience foods, this kind of a diet might seem somewhat of a change. However, the change is simpler than you may think. Just focus on good wholesome nourishing and cleansing foods, and omit those which don’t. Read labels, learn the art of preparing healthy recipes, and enjoy a whole new world of great foods. Then you will have increased energy with a clean, more functional system!