You Really Are What You Eat

Fredmeyer_edit_1Most of us hear this saying and think nothing of it – “You are what you eat.”

However, it’s very true given this artificial world we live in. In the powerful documentary, Hungry For Change, they say, “The problem is that we are not eating food anymore, we are eating food like products.” These artificial foods that we are surrounded by and most of us consume on a daily basis, are insanely bad for you. We all know this, but still consume them. Not to be rude, but that is the definition of stupid. Doing something that is bad for you, you know it’s bad for you and you still do it.

The problem is that none of us are really educated on nutrition anymore. Hungry For Change also adds, “We are strangers to nature. And the best way to live longer, healthier lives is to re-wild ourselves by returning to nature whenever we can.” We all wonder why there is a cancer epidemic, a diabetes epidemic, obesity epidemic and numerous other diseases out there. The primary problem is that we ALL are consuming genetically and artificially engineered food. Literally taking in and ingesting toxic chemicals.

Take Gatorade and Mountain Dew for example. They both contain brominated vegetable oil. This chemical is flammable, but in two beverages that all of consume far too often. Do you know what else you should watch out for? White sugar and high fructose corn syrup. Those two items are what is causing the majority of disease and obesity in our country. The amount that we consume as Americans is astonishing and our bodies are not meant to process or digest that much sugar or chemically processed food. Don’t believe me? Check out nine foods you should never eat again.

We truly need to get back to our roots, literally. The closer that you can get to the source of a food item, the better. Get vegetables and fruits directly from the source if possible and meats from butchers. Don’t let these giant corporations keep processing, refining, ruining and ultimately making our food poisonous.

Every wonder why you feel sick and tired all the time? Especially after meals? Then I highly recommend the documentary, Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead. It’s a powerful film about an Australian man’s journey to America and a healthier lifestyle. Incredible story about how he completely alters his life for the better with a juicing regimen. People often mistake juicing as removing nutrients or that the bottled stuff in stores is the same thing. You couldn’t be more wrong. Juicing allows you to condense multiple plates of fruits and veggies, which would be hard to eat throughout the course of a day for anyone, and condenses it into a super-charged, nutrient rich beverage.

Watch that show, the changes are unbelievable and it’s so simple. I am by no means suggesting a juice only diet as shown in, Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead, but maybe start with a couple of times a week and watch the transformations.

Another thing that people need to be cautious of are “diets.” These programs are meant to fail, because you are depriving your body of items, foods and nutrients that it craves. You start out with a lot of success and then you get tired, burnt out and cave in. Then you naturally gain twice as much weight than before. These programs are designed to fail and to keep you coming back for all of the “magical weight loss pills” or theories that will help you get the body of the dreams.

Do you really want the body of your dreams? Then substitute healthier foods that are close to the ground and eliminate processed ones from your diet. Add in some physical activity like walking the dog or with friends and family, bike riding, hiking, or anything that gets you out of the house and off the couch. You could honestly look the way that you want. I’ve been there, many times.

Thanks to the two documentaries I already mentioned and Food Matters, they have all changed my life for the better and really opened my eyes. These could have the same effect for you and if not, you may learn something that you didn’t know before. For example, you’ve all heard about “cleanses” right? Do you know what the three best ways to cleanse are? Use chia seeds, aloe vera and/or Spirulina. These three gelatinous foods will attach themselves to fat in your body and take it out. Most people make the mistake of thinking that fiber does the trick. A high fiber diet is good, but use one of those three items as well and mix them in your smoothies or juices and you will see amazing results.

Most of us just need better education on what nutrition truly is and to rebel against this artificial world we live in. I think the movement has already begun with the “going green” and “organic” craze. There’s more to it than that though and the problem is that these chemically engineered foods are highly addictive.

So fight your addictions by substituting foods that come from the ground or that you can get as close to the source of its origination as possible.