So you wake up daily feeling good about how well you've been eating.
You don't eat junk food, only eat whole grains, skim milk, and lots of fruits and vegetables.
You're doing really well.
Or are you...?
Although you're eating "better" than most of the population, I think you'll be quite surprised at how your so called "healthy" diet-is anything but.
Read on to find out why.
The best way to explain this is to pick apart the diet of one of my family members, who, no matter what I say, will not be convinced that they're not eating as healthy a diet as they think! (the stubborn party shall remain nameless *you know who you are*)
At first glance it doesn't look so bad eh?
Maybe even down-right healthy?
And if you listened to most of the misinformation you've read almost everywhere, or even from your "doctor", you would think that you were on your way to a very long and super-healthy life.
But unfortunately, that's just not the case!
And I'm about to tell you why.
I'm going to tell you what horrors are lurking in the "healthy" diet you just read above.
My intention isn't to scare you...It's to inform you.
A few years ago when I started researching the actual truth, and not the mainstream BS we're fed, I was just as shocked and disgusted as I'm sure you will be!
So here it goes:
Simple ole' tea, sounds innocuous, healthy even, it can't possibly be harmful to anyone right?
Wrong! Big Wrong!
Tea, the cheap stuff and the expensive stuff, if not organic most likely contains toxins, GMO's (genetically modified organisms), pesticides etc. And that's just the tea itself.
Would you be surprised to find out that many of the most popular tea brands have bags that contain plastic (BPA - Bisphenol A, which is linked to cancer, ADHD, and other developmental disorders)?
I know I was!
Even worse BPA molecules break down even faster in hot water!
For more great information on the dangers of conventional tea, check this out.
Okay, where to start with milk?
How about the B.S. tv ads that trick you in to believing that the swill you buy at the grocery store comes from humanely treated, pastured, free roaming, happy, healthy cows!
When that is the farthest from the truth imaginable.
These poor disease ridden, improperly nourished animals are kept in over crowded CAFOs (Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations), where most must sleep standing up in their own excrement.
They are pumped full of rBGH (Recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone), which greatly increases milk production.
Then, because of the over-milking, the animals udders become infected and begin producing pus, so then they are given antibiotics.
So now you are ingesting growth hormone and antibiotics with your milk. But that's not all, most of the diet these poor cows are fed is genetically modified, and full of pesticides, fungicides, herbicides etc.
Read this for more info on the horrors of GMOs.
Then the swill er "milk" is pasteurized to kill any harmful microbes the antibiotics missed. So any vitamins and enzymes this pathetic excuse for milk might have had are basically gone.
*Don't be fooled by the ultra-pasteurized "organic" milk at the grocery store either. Check this out for more "organic" milk info.
If you really want to include milk in your diet, your best option is to find a local farmer who sells raw milk from humanely treated, pastured, grass fed cows. To find a farmer near you try here.
All living organisms have some sort of built-in defense system against predators.
Grains are no exception.
They contain "toxins" that make these predators sick if they eat too much.
One of these toxins is gluten. Gluten is found in wheat, barley, rye, and other places you wouldn't expect. Click here for a full list.
It causes inflammation, which is most likely the #1 cause of auto-immune diseases.
Grains also contain lectins which damage your gut lining making it difficult to absorb nutrients.
And finally, grains contain phytates, which also stop nutrients from being absorbed properly.
Plus, when you buy a loaf of bread, and lets say that it was actually made with "whole" grains, by the time the "whole" grains are processed, they are no longer "whole", they are now processed. Make sense?
And guess what else may be in that supposedly healthy "whole" grain loaf: glucose/fructose (sugar), vegetable oil (we'll talk about it's hazards when I get to margarine), mono and diglycerides (trans fats anyone?), sodium acid propionate (preservative), ammonium chloride (an eye, skin and lung irritant that bio-accumulates in the body), and the list goes on.
Everyone knows when it comes to being and looking healthy, produce is where it's at!
But...is that really the case anymore?
The answer isn't cut and dry.
100+ years ago the answer would've been a simple, yes.
However, since then, in the name of progress (aka - money) things look quite different!
We are getting 40%-60% less nutrients in the produce we eat, due to poor soil quality.
In an effort to send more to market, fields aren't lying fallow for a season or two anymore - so the soil doesn't have time to replenish the nutrients needed to produce healthy, not to mention tasty, crops.
Add to that the fact that most produce is picked way before it's ripe - to ensure it doesn't rot on it's long voyage from who knows where - so now you have a product that was grown in nutrient deficient soil, and picked before it was able to absorb those nutrients.
But that's really just the beginning of our problems.
Pesticides, herbicides, fungicides...any word with cide at the end usually means death in one form or another.
Really - Do I need to say anymore? That quote pretty much says it all, dontchathink?
In their quest to increase yield, and ultimately profits, we're slowly being poisoned!
GMO's - originally touted as the way to end worldwide hunger by increasing crop yield substantially, are yet another form of slow poison foisted on us by a morally bankrupt corporation (Monsanto) who pays off whoever it needs to shut up (and worse), and puts key players in the FDA.
GMO's and "cides" need articles all to their disgusting selves, which I will be writing in the near future. But for now here are some excellent ones to get you started:
Basically, to get the absolute best produce, you should grow it yourself. You can use the best fertilizers, soils, water, and it has only to travel from your backyard to your table. Perfect right?
But what if you don't have the space, time, or inclination to sow, tend, and harvest your own crops?
What if you live in the north like me, where you can grow for only 4+ months of the year?
Well, your next best options are to buy local and organic for as many months as you can. Freeze as much as you can jam in your freezer. Bottle, pickle, ferment, dehydrate. And for the rest of the time, buy frozen organic at the store if available.
And if you really have a hard time sourcing organic for some things - follow the Environmental Working Groups Clean Fifteen and Dirty Dozen. Every year they rank fruits and vegetables with the highest and lowest pesticide residues. So try to follow that as best you can.
Ok, I don't care much for popcorn in the first place, so this doesn't really matter to me, but I know some of you will be crying salty popcorn tears over it.
Dry your eyes - you can still eat popcorn, just not the microwaveable crap in the bag.
Speaking of bags...that's the where the first danger lies.
Most popcorn bags are lined with the same stuff that makes teflon coated pots so dangerous - perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), which is released into the air when heated. You then breath the PFOA in, and i says in your body for years. It is linked to cancer, tumor growth, liver, prostate and kidney toxicity. The list goes on.
Most micro popcorn contains inflammatory oils (some still use trans fats), GMO's, neurotoxic insecticides, the list goes on.
This article by Mike Adams is even more alarming!
This chemical, called diacetyl, is so toxic that it commonly destroys the lungs of workers in microwave popcorn factories, afflicting them with the crippling and irreversible disease known as bronchiolitis obliterans.
If you listen to the mainstream bs about margarine, and the vegetable oils that it's made from, you would think you were eating a heart healthy alternative to butter. * oh no she said the dreaded B-word!*
However, this is just another case of us being led down the garden path.
To put in perspective how ridiculous this argument is - lets look compare how the two are produced.
Butter - The cream is separated from the whole fresh milk, then traditionally the cream was churned, and the remaining liquid (buttermilk) removed. Salt may or may not have been added. Then the butter is placed in molds. Today, centrifugal machines are used to "churn" the butter, but the outcome remains the same.
Pretty simple right?
Not so much for margarine!
Margarine - the process of making margarine is a little bit more complicated to say the least.
It looks something like this:
It amazes me that the "experts" can tell such lies to us for the sake of money in their pockets. Do you think the end-product of all that would actually be healthy? I mean come on! Bleaching, caustic refining, plasticization (what the hell is that?) etc, etc, etc.
Again, it should be self evident which one is better for you.
I won't go in to much detail here because I covered most of it in the Milk section
For the sake of this article being twice as long as it already is (almost 2000 words), I won't address the rest of the items in the diet like: orange juice, canned salmon, low sugar jam, and low cal mayo and salad dressing.
Suffice it to say, none of them are something you should be eating. Except maybe the salmon as long as it's wild Alaskan/Pacific salmon. And then hopefully it comes in a BPA free can.
You know how you always hear - "oh, just chalk it up to age" or "there's nothing you can do about it, you're just getting older, it's natural".
Well, it's NOT natural at all. And the worst part of that is, it sometimes comes out of the mouth of the person who is supposed to be taking care of your health. Your "doctor".
I'm here to tell you that there is nothing less natural than aging painfully. It's not normal, it's not the way it should be!
It happens because of what we're eating! Chemicals and toxins are what are making us age terribly and making us so sick.
So stop eating them - NOW!
If it comes in a box, can, package of any sort, and has a list of unpronounceable chemicals as ingredients, or is known to be pro-inflammatory (like gluten and vegetable oil) - DON'T EAT IT!!
It's not quite as simple as that, but it's a great start!
What unhealthy *franken* food are you going to take out of your diet today?
And, what healthy, natural food are you going to add?
Were there any foods from the article that you were eating, and like most of us thought were healthy?