Making Peace With Healthy Foods and Waging War Against Processed Poison

I want to talk about food. Who doesn’t? Food is amazing! Delicious on our lips, comforting in our bellies; it’s even the very glue that holds so many social gathering together. I mean, if you’re being honest, how many parties have you attended solely because you knew there’d be yummy food? A lot, right?

So the average american eats 130 pounds

So we know we love food, but how much attention do we actually pay to the foods we put into our bodies? Remember that old saying “you are what you eat”? Does anyone really want to be that packet of fries from McDonald’s that it takes 19 ingredients to make? Before you roll your eyes at me, let me just say, I am not a nutritional guru, and I’m not trying to tell anyone what they should or should not do. What I am is a woman, a mother, a wife, and an animal of this planet. I’m also fat. Does that mean I’m intrinsically unhealthy? Not necessarily, although for most of my life I did eat like an ignorant sugar driven crazy person…because I was. Truthfully, I kind of wish I still was sometimes, because that stuff is delicious (but it will kill you eventually)! I want to say this, too: this is not about being on a diet or losing weight, this is about giving nourishment to the people I love, including myself.

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When I dubbed 2015 as The Year of My Soul, I intended it to be a very spiritual year and didn’t really think about my body having a role in it. It’s funny how these things play out, huh? Perhaps it’s me feeling the effects of getting older, or maybe all the articles I’ve read & documentaries I have watched, but it’s finally sunk into me that the body and soul are linked. They both need to be cared for. So I now have an amazing holistic health coach and am a fresh 9 days into my journey with her. I love that she encourages us to eat “high vibin’ foods”; essentially, foods with life in them. I’ll write more about this process later, as it’s not really the topic I want to discuss today.

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Did you know that our brains respond to sugar the same way it does to cocaine and heroin? This is a true statement. I know mine does. When I am under stress what do I reach for? Sugar. When I was coming off pharmaceutical drugs for mood disorders what did I turn to? Sugar. After I eat sugar, what do I want more of? S-U-G-A-R! And what is added to almost every single packaged food/drink product in America? You guessed it. SUGAR.

There are many great and informative documentaries to watch on this topic. Just last night I watched Fed Up and it touched me. It’s loaded with wonderful, useful, eye opening information; but it does more than that. It shows us what we are allowing to be done to our children. That low fat yogurt? Loaded with sugar. Your bread from the store? Riddled with the stuff! Having a healthy salad? Check that salad dressing label, because you better believe there’s heaps of it in there. I’m not saying don’t eat what you want, but we should inform ourselves first. Don’t you think? Okay, so sugar is bad, blah, blah,blah… At least that is how I always reacted. Until recently. I still love the taste of sugar, but I can tell you from my own experience, when you omit it from your body it loses it’s allure.

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image borrowed from guide2health.net

I won’t even try to lie, I have only been sugar free for 9 days. I felt like death for the first 72 hours. Have you ever come off drugs? That is what it felt like. I was tired. I was cranky. I was starving, but nothing sounded palatable. Then, on day four…it was like a switch flipped. I wasn’t dragging all day, in fact, I felt quite vibrant. Of course, in these days, I have also been (wait for it….it’s genius) eating organic raw veggies, lean meat and drinking….water! This feels like a great time to launch into my love of farms, local food, and happy free range meats (but I won’t). If we are what we eat, I want to be fresh and happy & cared for. Those are the three words that describe how I want my foods to be before they hit my plate. I feel like I am over simplifying. It’s not purely about the siren call of sugar dragging us down into the murky depths. It’s overly preprocessed foods, ingredient lists including over 30 items (most of which we can not even pronounce!), the treatment and health of the animals farmed as our food, the poisons flooding our fruits and vegetables, the lack of truth surrounding the long term effects of GMOs on our health, and much, much more.

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You know all these fancy terms for “health food” like organic, free range, GMO free, sustainable, wild caught, etc…? Yeah, that used to just be called food. Food that was grown by a farmer (or even our grandparents) with love, sunshine and hard work. It’s not a new amazing thing; it’s just the way it should be. So I am thinking, going forward, I’m going to share one real food recipe per week, because here’s the thing: eat what you want, just make it yourself! This simple idea has turned eating cleaner, vibrant foods into an interesting project, instead of deprivation and straining self control. So, until next week, my loves!

 

xoxo

M

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5 thoughts on “Making Peace With Healthy Foods and Waging War Against Processed Poison

  1. You are so right M! Just a few days ago I was thinking that I really need to pay attention to how I treat my body. In the sense of what I’m putting it and allowing to affect it. I cook at home, but I am lazy as hell for taking food to work so I just end up eating stuff outside. And you know I feel better physically/mentally when I have control of what I am eating and how I am preparing it. This was a great post babe! Thanks for giving the extra kick in the butt I needed ❤

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  2. Indeed , I used to consume a pretty limited amount of sugar. With some serious life stressors my sugar intake has hit an all time high in the last year. I KNOW the damage it does, before mainstream science (or pharmaceutical companies) finally figured out that fat doesn’t make you fat or give you bad cholesterol there were many sources talking about sugar and its addictive and damaging effects to our bodies and our body chemistry. I remember my mom buying the book the The Sugar Solution when she was diagnosed with Diabetes. It makes so much sense to leave sugar behind, but it truly is an addiction which is why as you said its extraneously added to everything! Yes to making your own food! Bravo for taking this step for yourself lovely! Excited to see where it takes you friend! ❤

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  3. Love this!! Its always exciting learning more about friend and realising more and more how similar they are to you!! I love watching food documentary’s and learning about our food system, how the machine works and what we can do to make what we eat better for us. We’ve been off most processed foods for a few years now and I kicked my sugar addiction shortly after graduating from high school, but it’s a tough one to kick. I mean, I will still have sugary things every once in a while, but generally I decline sugary things as it’s just not what I want any more. { My pitfall is potatoe chips D: }

    Have you seen Food inc? That one was a big influence for me, though I had been on a kick of reading food books for a year or two before it came out, so I was primed for it!! Some books I’ve enjoyed are “Omnivore’s Dilemma” by Michael Pollan, “Fast Food Nation” by Eric Schlosser and then just food or restaurant industry type books like “The man who ate everything” by Jeffrey Steingarten {he was a regular judge on Iron Chef America} and almost anything by Michael Ruhlman { soul of a chef, reach of a chef, making of a chef kinda series}

    Fed up is one I’ve been wanting to watch, I’ve just been waiting for it to show up in my streaming feed, so I’ll be checking that out very soon!

    The great thing about cooking for myself and from scratch { and I know it is a luxury and privilege not afforded to all } really does help regulate what goes into my and my husbands bodies. Not only is it fun and rewarding, but also, I love taking an old favourite an then improving upon it by making it from scratch with my own twists!

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    1. You make such a good point, Margot. Not everyone can make their own food, and that is just a crying shame. When you compound that along with the food deserts in so many poor urban communities…it’s enough to snuff out hope. There are more and more people trying to create urban gardens now, and if that catches on it’ll be a game changer.

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