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In my latest post of this series, I talked about some simple ways for you to make some changes in your diet in order to begin eating healthier.
I also recommended that you start taking a good look at the labels on the food you buy.
Today I’d like to share a few ingredients that you should be alerted to when you see them on a food label. The big NO-NO list. Try to avoid eating foods with these ingredients…at all costs…don’t even get near the stuff…avoid it like the plague…run far, far away! (Or…maybe we’ll be realistic and say…try really hard to not eat it most of the time if you can possibly help it...)
Okay here’s the biggie no-no list:
High fructose corn syrup
I’ll explain these
poisons no-no’s in more detail in the next post of this series…but first let me admit to you (so that you don’t feel overwhelmed…maybe) that sometimes our family puts some of this into our mouths. They are found in MANY, MANY “foods” out there, and they are very hard to avoid!! So, don’t despair…just do your BEST! (Isn’t that the point of this whole eating right thing? Do your best! That’s it!)
Notice something about each item in the No-No list. None of them are REAL FOOD! (Remember, we’re working toward eating real food, right?!) They might have started out as real food (might have)…but after undergoing several processes of “this and thats”…they usually end up being some form of freaked out chemical when it’s all said and done. (I made that up all by myself, “freaked out chemical”…like it?)
And then these freaked out chemicals are mixed together with other ingredients (that we may or may not recognize)…put into a box, usually with a label telling you how good it is for you…placed on a shelf and sold to you as “health food”. Or at least as “a part of this balanced breakfast”.
I promise to explain each of these no-no’s in my next Getting Real With Food post…because I think it’s got to be frustrating for you to hear me tell you to avoid them, but not really tell you all of the reasons why. It’s just that I feel like the explanations of each of those terms deserve a blog post of it’s own…and I really don’t want this particular blog post to go on for three years. :)
But, I will tell you this. The process those ingredients have gone through to make them become the freaked out chemicals that they are effect your digestive system in ways that are really scary. When food digests poorly…every organ in your body is effected negatively. Beyond that, these ingredients have the power to change the healthy cells in your body to become unhealthy cells. The cells around your heart…the cells around your brain…
Here are just a few of the foods that contain at least one, if not all of the ingredients in the no-no list:
Pop and candy (Well, we probably all knew that.)
Juice that isn’t 100% fruit (Although sometimes there’s food coloring added to the 100% juice too. Grr.)
Peanut butter (Choosy moms choose…hydrogenated oils? Grr again.)
Cereal (I have been shocked to see that almost ALL boxes of cereal have both high fructose corn syrup and hydrogenated oils in them. And food coloring. Even the ones considered to be healthy cereals.)
Crackers (Grr to Shabisco and Beebler.) (Names have been changed to protect the guilty.)
Unfortunately, that list could go on and on…but I’ll stop with just those few.
Remember though to focus on making small changes! YOU DON’T HAVE TO CHANGE EVERYTHING AT ONCE!!!
Also remember…REAL FOOD tastes so good! Really, really good. (Much better than the “food” provided for you by Keneral Zills and Mellogs.)
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