Natural and organic foods promote a more balanced life | Rob Hourmont
“No food is bad food!” The other day, someone really said that to me.
People’s perception of food can be surprising.
Saying that all foods are good means that there are no unhealthy foods, which there is not.
There are significant food differences and facts that explain which foods are healthy and which are not.
The right kind of food (and exercise) are essential for a robust immune systemto prevent diseases, weight gain and several other daily health problems that people face.
To say that all foods are equal makes no sense and is simply not correct.
Obesity and diabetes are two of the biggest health problems on the planet today. Compared to other health problems, they are largely overlooked.
Why is that? Many reasons.
Food is a necessity for everyone. No one is forced to drink alcohol, smoke, buy a car or go to the movies.
But everyone must eat.
This makes the food industry the most valuable and important business and lucrative sector.
Most people need to eat 3 or more times a day very often, so price is the main determining factor of what you eat, rather than quality.
This is understandable, since your food expenses are your biggest monthly expense, followed by your mortgage, rent, or car payments.
As a result, almost everyone is cutting costs as much as possible when it comes to food purchasing decisions.
Conventional food production companies typically source, produce, distribute and market the least expensive types of food to maximize sales.
Unfortunately (my observation), about 80% of the food choices available to us are not particularly healthy, contain added sugar or fructose corn syrup, and can lead to overeating.
The 2 biggest culprits in most people’s diets are:
1. Wheat and Processed Wheat Products
The reality is that 80-90% of supermarket shelves are filled with items containing these 2 ingredients.
Cereals, bread, cakes, cookies, candies, pasta, noodles, rice, pizza, juices, snacks, candies, yogurt, milk, protein bars, chips, pretzels and much more.
Just walk into a supermarket and see what’s there. If you break it down, you’ll be lucky to find 10% to 15% (depending on the store) of natural fresh produce, such as:
Meat, fish, seafood, vegetables, fruit, eggs, olive or avocado oil, unsweetened yoghurts, etc.
What is the solution ?
The solutions are all there in front of us, but they are often unpopular, expensive and certainly not beneficial to the bottom line of the food giants.
Step 1. Go back to nature
Stop buying all packaged and processed foods from supermarkets.
Instead, try this:
- Make sure you only buy fresh food
- Reduce or stop eating wheat foods
- Completely eliminate sugar from your diet
- Check all labels for added sugar
- Start cooking at home – then you will know what you are eating
- Eliminate all fast food!
- Ban junk food!
Step 2. Learn about food and its effects on your body.
You have full 24/7 internet access and can search for anything you want.
Use your phone by researching foods, drinks, and the different diets available, as well as other people’s experiences.
You’re already on a diet, you just don’t know it – it’s called the Standard American Diet or the Western Diet.
You do not believe me ? I’m not asking you. Look around wherever you go and note how healthy or unhealthy people look. It’s up to you to judge the extent of the problem.
All foods are not equal, far from it.
Virtually anything that is wrapped, wrapped, and has a long shelf life is not your friend.
I know costs and budgets are an issue, but it is possible to adapt to a healthy diet without breaking the bank or breaking the bank.
Buy frozen meat so you don’t have to worry about wasting fresh meat. Fresh meat that is frozen is still fresh when you thaw it, but you can control when you eat it!
Make an effort to seek out healthier natural markets, even better, farmers markets. You’d be surprised how affordable farmers markets can be. These days, you can find them in just about any city, town, or village.
Important note: By doing this, you support local, ethical and sustainable businesses, while helping to improve the environment.