I was watching the initial viewing of the Human Longevity Project. Dr. Mark Hyman said the following. “We are biological organisms and we have to follow the laws of nature.” This statement was huge. As a race we are not doing a very good job of this and one of the reasons why we are struggling so much.
It’s true, we are filling our bodies with so much unnatural crap. Let’s look at a Frappuccino for instance. I know I’m picking on a favorite. It could be any coffee place. So many people have to stop for their daily fix.
So, let’s look at the ingredients.
First of all, sugar is quite natural, but it is listed in the ingredients 3 times and it is in very different forms. And if you look at the number of grams it is almost 3 times the total sugar women should have per day. Ouch!!! Remember how we have talked about sugar feeding the addictive center in the brain. Well, this thing is like mainlining right there. Sheesh.
When you are looking at ingredients, is there more than 4 or 5? This should be a good sign that it might be more of a concoction that you can’t refuse and certainly not a focus on being natural.
How many words are you struggling to pronounce? Maybe 3 or 4. If it was good for you, wouldn’t they just say it plainly.
Are there any ingredients that you aren’t sure what it is? There is at least 4 or 5. Carrageenan is a thickening agent. Not that great for you. Should be avoided if possible. Mono and Diglycerides are used to combine fat and water and to help to increase a products shelf live and classified as an emulsifier which is used to stabilize processed foods. I don’t know about you but all of that scares the hell out of me. Potassium Sorbate is a chemical additive used as another preservative. It is referred to as a nature identical chemical, chemically equivalent to the molecule found in nature. Did the hair on the back of your neck raise on that one? We have mimicked what can be found in nature. More chemicals. Never a good thing.
Wondering where our chemical overload is coming from. Processed foods maybe? Are they changing our cell and organ structure? Likely. Wonder why we are getting sick? Well, there are so many reasons, but these kinds of ingredients are one of them.
When you look at the blue zones around the world, the areas where people are living long healthy lives, virtually disease free, they don’t eat processed foods and certainly aren’t drinking Frappuccino’s. They are eating whole, nutrient dense foods that they are making for themselves.
It isn’t a mystery.
Changing what you put into your body is a start.
How about a little challenge? You pick three days next week that you are going to have a clean, nutrient dense home cooked meal that meets the requirements of a Paleo meal.
None of the following
Gluten, Dairy, Sugar, Legumes, Refined Vegetable Oils, Artificial anything, and no GMO’s.
Practice 3 days a week for a month and the start adding another day a week for another month. Pretty soon, you will be eating dinners that are really healthy for you. And guess what, if you make just a little extra, you will have lunch for the next day. Sounds easy doesn’t it? Well it can be if you take it in chunks.
And no more of whatever your daily fix is.