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3 simple ways to eat a cleaner diet

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How many of you do this? You go to the store looking for a new hair care product and you immediately turn the bottle to read the ingredients? If it’s got any of the no-no ingredients, you put it back on the shelf and move on.

Many of us have become sticklers about what goes on our hair and scalps. I love it! We’ve realized what ingredients are damaging, we’re supporting the products that come correct, and manufacturers are forced to step up and deliver what we’re requesting with our dollars. That’s called consumer power.

But what about what goes into your body? Do you also turn bottles of juice to read the list of ingredients? Avoiding high fructose corn syrup like you avoid mineral oil? There are also chemicals, ingredients, and other additives in our foods that are just as, if not more damaging than the ingredients you avoid putting on your hair.

The first thing I do with a new food product is check the ingredients. People probably think I’m a bit extra because I’ll spend a good couple of minutes reading through ingredients and putting food back as soon as I find a no-no ingredient.

And I’m not talking about avoiding these ingredients for weight loss. Studies have found that these modern, heavily processed foods manipulate our ancient bodies into addiction, diseases, cancers, mental health challenges, and reproductive issues just to name a few. They’re toxic and should be avoided for many more reasons than to watch your figure.

So here are three simple rules to follow if you’re looking to avoid the damaging chemicals also in your food.

Avoid any ingredient you cannot pronounce

Chances are if you can’t pronounce it or it has more than three syllables, you shouldn’t consumer it. It also didn’t come from nature.

Food manufacturers use several ingredients to make their manufactured products more palatable to our bodies and taste buds.

They have to add taste, smell, “vitamins,” minerals, and color as well as maintain consistency and shelf life. All of that just to feed you something devoid of nutrients.

The longer the list of ingredients, the least likely you should eat it

Foods from nature are simple and straight to the point. A long list of weird looking ingredients is likely an indication something strange is going on.

These long lists are dead give-a-ways.

Think about it. What are all those things they have to add? Where did those ingredients come from and did they test them? It’s just too many questions.

Stick with ingredients you can recognize as foods

The easiest way to avoid all these nasty chemicals in your foods is to stick with real foods and real ingredients. Stuff of the earth and by the earth.

This isn’t always easy considering we live in a day and age where these foods are EVERYWHERE and easily accessible. You might find it particularly difficult to avoid processed foods if you have food addiction or binge eating disorder.

Remain patient with yourself and overtime sticking to foods with ingredients that consist of other foods will get easier.

Conclusion

Eating clean doesn’t have to be complicated. It can be easy and does get even easier with practice.

Avoiding long lists of ingredients that don’t look like names of foods, but chemicals of a science lab is a great place to start.

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Not even “in moderation”

 

We can easily see the problem with telling people that it’s ok to do crack in moderation. For starters, ewww. Secondly, we know crack is highly addictive, it’ll ruin your health and your appearance in a few mug shots. It’s yucky stuff. A good amount of us can grasp the concept of why “in moderation” isn’t even a factor.

But why is it with addictive, health damaging, habit forming foods, we tell people that it’s ok to consume them in moderation? We even have programs like Weight Watchers and Jenny Craig to help people manage their addictions so they can still lose weight. Never mind that these foods caused the weight issues to begin with. Never mind that these foods are inflicting your body’s ability to “respeck” its natural functions. High blood sugar? That’s alright, Oprah can still experience the inevitable blood sugar dips and spikes of bread while losing 27 pounds so why not? Answer: you’re health.

For myself, it’s like watching those old tobacco commercials from the 50s and 60s where doctors are smoking in their offices around patients and pregnant women are happily taking hits of their slims. During that time, the tobacco industry hid research and lied about the addictive properties and damaging health effects of smoking cigarettes. They marketed viciously to everyone including doctors, pregnant women, teenagers and children.  But when people started “mysteriously” suffering from health complications, people started asking questions. Eventually, the tobacco industry was forced to come relatively clean. Regulations and advocacy groups pushed to properly inform the public and end the marketing of cigarettes to children. Now, people make informed decisions about cigarettes and have the real power of choice.

The tobacco commercials of the 50s and 60s is where we’re at right now with heavily processed “foods” in conventional knowledge. Children gleefully declare “let go my Ego” in commercials while increasing amounts of children in the real world suffer from obesity due to consuming such products. Parents are told feeding their children sugary cereals and toaster pastries are part of a balanced diet as more children develop behavioral issues due to sugar highs they’re unable to bring themselves down from. Adults are constantly bombarded with addictive foods, are being told that moderation, more exercise, and Weight Watchers is the answer as increasing amounts of us, over the last 30 years, have experienced high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes, degenerative diseases, heart disease and many other illnesses due to the effects of these foods on our bodies.

Despite the mounting evidence against modern day, heavily processed foods, much of this information is slow to reach the masses. It is information that must battle the US government’s dietary guidelines that suggest it is perfectly fine to consume addictive foods in moderation. There’s also the large food industries and corporations that lobby regularly to maintain the “in moderation” concept and to keep these foods readily available, especially in schools.  Hopefully some day soon food industries and corporations will be forced to tell the truth regarding their products and people can stop blindly suffering from consuming their foods. Even in moderation.

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