On your next shopping trip, take just a few extra minutes to look at ingredient labels on most of the stuff you purchase, and compare it to other of the same items close by. For example, pick up one of the many sour cream tubs. Read every ingredient on, at least, 5 different brands. Hopefully you are able to finally note a brand that has only one or two ingredients. The smallest number of additives found, typically signifies a better product. You are looking for ingredients that are nearest to their original form and aren’t “groupies.”
The food industry has become very skilled in finding ways to extract the “food” from our food by processing the life right out of it. Often, a wide variety of shelf-life sustaining preservatives, color enhancers, flavor alterations, or addictive substances, are added to ensure we not only try the product, but are swooned by it, and then dependent on it.
Become educated about what you are eating. Read those labels! Find those consumables that don’t need “groupie” ingredients and can stand alone, on their own, nutritionally. Choose the purest option possible.
Whole Food can stand on it’s own!
Pursuing nutritional paths, is a healthy endeavor! But we need to educate ourselves to be discerning and critical of this category of information as it is also prey to marketing methods that twist truth and, often, completely lie. Just as our body needs “REAL FOOD” and “WHOLE FOOD,” so too does our mind need REAL INFORMATION, TRUE INFORMATION, and CONTEXTUAL INFORMATION about nutrition and the foods we are eating.
I recommend reading the noted article here as just one example of long term nutritional marketing methods that lull us into reliance on “publication credentials” to change our eating habits over common sense and historical food to guide the way.
“…..because review papers, especially if you get them published in a very prominent journal, tend to shape the overall scientific discussion.”
any nutritious substance that people or animals eat or drink, or that plants absorb, in order to maintain life and growth: we need food and water
Sometimes we all need a refresher course on basic topics. Today’s simple refresher is the definition of FOOD. Walk into a grocery store and start looking around. We see many things that we have been conditioned to acknowledge as food, but if we pause for just a minute and give it a good ponder, we may start unraveling the mess that has caused us to consume stuff that shouldn’t be labeled as food. Tantalizing our taste buds with highly processed, chemical laden substances doesn’t “maintain life and growth.”
Seek after things that fulfill the definition. Eat REAL FOOD. Eat WHOLE FOOD. Then, ENJOY LIFE and EXPERIENCE GROWTH.
Nutritional Therapy maintains an approach to physical and mental wellness that is built on a very simple and solid foundation:
A Properly Prepared, Whole Food, Nutrient Dense Diet.
With that as a foundation, one can sustain the five pillars of physiological function that are fueled by good food. Those pillars are:
- Blood Sugar Balance
- Mineral Balance
- Fatty Acid Balance
These are the fundamentals of optimum health. If the foods we eat come to us in a state that the earth intended, and we then prepare them properly, not modernly, but PROPERLY, they release nutrients to the body that was biologically created to accept and process that food.