There are a great number of health and nutrition facts that are a “given”. We are all aware of the many rules that have been handed down for generations about nutrition, but we ignore them. We know, “You are what you eat!” but we eat snack cakes and doughnuts and drink soda pop and chow down on corn dogs, anyway!
The very unfortunate thing about this is that the more we do it, the more we want to do it. Processed foods have an addictive quality that just causes people to never be satisfied. Eating poorly leads to lethargy and poor health that lead to even more lethargy and poor health. It’s necessary to break the cycle and introduce whole nutrition to get our bodies clean, active and performing at optimum levels.
People often think that it’s too much trouble to eat whole foods. Processed foods are pretty much pure poison, but they’re cheap and convenient – or at least that’s how they are marketed to us. However, if you take a step back and look at the hype, you are bound to see the truth. Even though a lot of preparation of processed foods has been done for you, a lot of that preparation consists of things you would never choose to do yourself, such as the addition of chemicals, artificial colors, central nervous system wrecking hydrogenated oils, and diabetes producing high fructose corn syrup.
Whole foods are truly convenient! Fresh fruits and vegetables come in handy, natural, often consumable packaging. Preparing the most healthful whole foods takes the least amount of work and cooking for the greatest amount of nutrition and true, wholesome flavor. Although whole foods may cost a little bit more to buy, you will surely see your doctor bills reduced when you change your diet from ground up chemicals and additives to simple, pure, whole food.
When you eat processed foods, your body has to struggle to try to get rid of all the junk that’s ground into processed products. On top of that, your body has to try to sustain life on a severely depleted level of nutrition found in dead ingredients. This is a drain on your energy that causes you to just want to sit around and do nothing. The more inactive your are, the lower your metabolism level will be and the less calories you will burn. That’s a great recipe for obesity, depression and poor health.
When you eat whole foods, your body works hard in a wholesome, healthful way. It gets natural exercise from processing whole natural foods and reaping every bit of nutrition and energy available. When you eat fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, nuts and other high quality protein sources, you are eating foods that are filled with life and that give you life. That spark of life will give you energy and make you want to get up, get out and live your life.
We all know, “You are what you eat!” So which would you rather be, a sluggish sack of chemicals and additives or a living, vibrant being filled with life?