- Welcome to the Top 10 Healthy Lifestyle tip No.3
Let us look at Tip No. 3 as follows:
Tip No. 3 – Cutting out Processed Foods From Diet
Yes, that is correct! Cutting out processed foods from our diet is one of the secrets to leading a healthy lifestyle.
That means no more hamburgers? No more chips? No more frozen dinner meals? No more flavored snacks? No more Instant noodles ….. the list goes on….
Sounds impossible for those of us who have no time to cook three meals a day in our busy lifestyles!
Well, actually, eating processed foods is a habit that can be changed. Remember those days where home-cooked meals were the only meals we eat in a day? And those days when home-cooked meals were prepared from scratch, from whole foods, where we chopped our own vegetables, peeled the onions and garlic, seasoned the meat and fish with just a little salt and pepper(if required) and cooked them by steaming, sauteeing, baking…. where things were simple yet delicious and people’s health during those days were pretty good, without all the complicated illnesses that we know of today….
Even the bread that we ate those days was simple, bought from local bakeries and made with just flour, water, salt and yeast. Unlike the 30 to 40 over ingredients listed on the bread that we see now in supermarkets. Some of these ingredients are difficult to pronounce and look complicated to those of us who do not study chemistry in schools. And for those of us who studied chemistry, we know that these ingredients are created from laboratories and man-made. These man-made chemicals are not recognized by our bodies and thus not absorbed, leading to complications in health when consumed on the long run.
And one very important reason why cut out processed foods from our diet is that they contain a drug, a drug that hooked you onto these processed foods and make you want to come back for more, even thinking of having them for your next meal and the next after just having eaten them, thinking about them all day…even when you are at work. This drug is called “SUGAR” !!! YES, sugar.
in 1972, there was a scientist called Dr John Yudkin who was the first to sound the alarm about the excess of sugar in the diet of modern Americans. His classic exposé, Pure, White, and Deadly, clearly and engagingly describes how sugar is damaging our bodies, why we eat so much of it, and what we can do to stop. He explores the ins and out of sugar, from the different types—is brown sugar really better than white?—to how it is hidden inside our everyday foods, and how it is harming our health.
In 1972, Yudkin was mostly ignored by the health industry and media, but the events of the last forty years have proven him spectacularly right
So the next question is: What do we eat then?
Learn to read the Ingredients
If you really must buy package foods, learn to read the ingredients listed on the label. In addition to sugar, any other ingredients that look strange and complicated to you are likely to be some chemicals that our bodies do not like. The best is to go for whole foods and cook your own meals. If time do not allow you to cook, look for organic restaurants and eateries which are becoming more and more popular today.
Take one Step at a time
Habit is difficult to change overnight, especially our eating habits.
We can start off with preparing our own breakfast first. Then when we are comfortable with that, we can move on to packing our own lunch. Once we are comfortable preparing our breakfast and lunch, we can move on to dinner.
It would also be helpful if you can find like-minded friends whom you can mutually encourage each other, share new discoveries and new recipes together.
You can also find many inspiring stories online on how the author’s health change for the better once he or she starts to take control of their food. There are also communities that you can join online which would be very supportive as you change your eating habits to cut out processed foods.
Life is Simple
Yes, life is simple. It is actually not as complicated as what the hundreds of advertising you see once you turn on the TV, computer or walk out to the streets, trying to tell us what we should eat, think and do. We control what we eat according to our bodies’ needs. Not what the Big Food industry tell us to and then sell us medicine to cure the sicknesses as a result of eating those man-made foods. Start to re-discover what nature already has for us and eat them minus (or reduce) the pesticides, synthetic chemicals, GMOs etc by going organic. Go grocery shopping at Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s or your local organic grocery stores and do your body a service that it has so long been deprived of. Yes, real foods, whole foods at the produce section plus spring water or filtered water and see how your body performs. Try it out for a week, you will be surprise that you will be so energetic after eating the fresh fruits, home-cooked meals that you will be reluctant to load your body with chemicals and fake foods(created out of a lab) anymore.
Try it, you have nothing to lose!!!
I hope it is not too overwhelming to you at this stage of the Top 10 Healthy Lifestyle Tip No. 3.
If you find it okay, I welcome you to move on to Tip No. 4.
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