You Are What You Eat

 

 

If you aren’t reading labels and paying attention to ingredients on the food you purchase and intend to eat, you need to start.

NOW.

Last week I shared with you some commonly misunderstood gardening terms. This week I feel led to share the importance of making healthy choices at the grocery store.

Considering the epidemic health crisis that is blanketing our nation, it is vitally important that we take immediate steps to improve our eating habits. Because what we eat directly affects our health and wellbeing.

Did you know that according to Harvard Men’s Health Watch,

Estimates suggest that less than 30% of a person's lifetime risk of getting cancer results from uncontrollable factors. The rest you have the power to change, including your diet. Your dietary habits can promote cancer or protect against it.

And, High anti-oxidant foods are important for cancer prevention…choose different colored fruits and vegetables (oranges, beets, tomatoes, etc.) to get the greatest diversity of important phytonutrients.

A study of 3,100 people, presented at the 2016 Experimental Biology forum, found that consuming foods with a high GI (70 or higher on the 100-point GI scale) was associated with an 88% greater risk for prostate cancer. High-GI items include high sugar (soda), processed carbohydrates and meats (pizza, white bread) and packaged (cereal, cookies) foods.

Statistically, one out of two people who read this article will be diagnosed with cancer.

That’s insane!

But I have good news! Cancer is preventable! Illnesses including diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, can all be alleviated and prevented through a thoughtful, planned out diet!

My goal is to help educate and guide you to improve your nutrition through strategic and decisive eating! Because when you know better, you can take action to feel better!

Knowledge is power.

You need to be diligent and proactive when it comes to deciding how you are going to plan out your dietary menus. Most of us run into the grocery store with little thought and grab sale items, glitzy packages that promise quick preparation and salty and sweet snack items.

It’s time, folks, to slow down and pay close attention to what we are spending our hard-earned money on AND feeding our children and grandchildren.

Pay attention.

Simple, dietary changes can have profound effects on our emotional stability, sleeping habits, physical appearance and overall health.

Modest alterations in our approach to eating can set us on a new path to healing and wholeness.

Isn’t is time to feel better?

Aren’t you sick and tired of being sick and tired?

We have choices in what we decide to purchase, prepare and set on the dinner table. Even those of us who absolutely have no time for food preparation and cooking can find healthy alternatives to the grab it and go, nutritionally deficient junk that is widely available.

But some people claim that supposedly healthier foods, such as organic and non-gmo, are too expensive. I beg to ask, why is the overly processed, irradiated garbage called food so cheap??

I’m sorry but I cannot put a price on my health, or my family’s health.

I know a young teenage girl who is lying in a hospital bed in South America at this very moment dying of cancer. She grew up on processed, packaged, and preserved food, unlike her grandparents and parents who consumed mostly whole, organically grown, unprocessed vegetables and fruits, and grass fed, pasture raised beef and poultry. Nobody knows for sure if her cancer was directly contracted through her eating habits. But who’s to say that if she had consumed the same nutrient dense, anti-oxidant rich, vitamin packed foods that her relatives ate, she wouldn't be out with her friends right now, celebrating life, instead of slowing dying in a hospital bed?

Let’s boost our immune systems and give our bodies a fighting chance to stand up to the toxins and pollutants that plague our environment.

We may not have control over what practices take place in most food production industries and conventional agricultural farms. But fortunately, we still have healthy alternatives. And as more people choose to purchase higher quality foods, the production and availability to meet those needs will grow. And conversely, quality food will become more affordable as demand rises.

It’s worth it. You’re worth it. Your FAMILY is worth it.

And I’m going to teach you how to start growing healthy, nutritionally dense and delicious food that you will be proud to serve for dinner!

Next time we will talk about the differences between organic, non-gmo, conventional, and genetically modified foods.

Until then, be blessed my friends!

And let’s get excited about growing!

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