Food is not as simple as it used to be. With thousands of products on the market, we have lost track of what is in our food. We used to not have to worry about the ingredients the food industry put in the products we were eating. The food industry has become so greedy that in order to cut costs and make more money, they have replaced the quality ingredients in our food with cheaper chemical and artificial based ingredients. Food labels have gone from 5 simple ingredients, to a list of 15 plus unpronounceable, unfamiliar ingredients. To distract us from these hidden toxic ingredients they market the hell out of health claims by using “gluten free”, “all natural”, “low sugar” etc. We no longer know if the product we feed ourselves and our families are actually beneficial to our health or just another product we were suckered into believing was good for us.
The cost of food has a total affect on what we purchase. We are restricted from quality products because of the high cost. This is a major problem that we have been trying to address for a long time. Unfortunately the food industry has a lot of power when it comes to this topic. It comes down to supply and demand. The more people who buy organic, high quality products, the more they will supply. It is nice to see that certain stores like BJS and Wal-Mart are making an effort to supply us with higher quality organic products. If we could come together and create a larger demand for organic foods, positive changes like this will happen. My last note on price of food is; we may be saving a few dollar bills not buying quality foods now, but we will be spending ten times more in health related bills down the road.
We think that in order to eat good tasting food, it has to be unhealthy. Good news is that is not true at all. You can take any unhealthy recipe and substitute in wholesome ingredients to make it taste delicious. We demonize food because the food we consume is making us fat. We spend most of our lives on diets because we are convinced that the only way to lose weight is to eat less and restrict certain foods. We have to reprogram the way we think about food. So how can we do this?
Think of your food as fuel. We need to eat in order to survive and for our bodies to function properly. Currently, we eat food for taste, comfort and entertainment. As a society we have to retrain our brains to eat for a purpose. That purpose should be to receive beneficial nutrients to support a healthy body and a “feel good “mindset. That doesn’t mean we have to give up taste though, there are plenty of ways to eat delicious food and still fell good in your body. We just need to be educated on which foods can do that for us.
We are food addicts. Sugar and processed foods has made us revolve our lives around eating. When we take processed sugar out of our diet, the body reacts like a withdrawal from drugs (That alone is scary). That is your body’s way of cleansing the toxins out. After those symptoms go away, your body will function differently. You will have more energy, you will feel less bloated and you will find yourself craving healthier wholesome foods. This is one of the first steps in taking control of your food. Reject sugary, processed foods. We have to stop our bodies from relying on it.
Taking your power back from food is not a one step process. It takes a lot of patience, time and commitment. One thing I can promise you is that if you do choose to take your power back, you will live a life you have never experienced before. I can tell you that first hand. The way I felt over 200 pounds and the way I feel now are like night and day. Let me tell you, it is worth it. Your body is your temple and you have one life to live in it, so live in it with full control and power.