Are you aware of what is in your food? Have you looked at some food labels recently and wondered why there is so much that is not food in your food? There are potentially hundreds of chemicals that are added to foods and are given acceptable names such as flavour enhancers, thickeners, stabilisers and so on. However, if you see their chemical compounds on the packet you would not dream of consuming them. We have been fooled into believing that they are necessary, but in fact they are just making cardboard food palatable. Is it really food or is it simply something that looks like food?
Wouldn’t it be great if we could go back to basics and actually eat real food that is nutritious and looks like something that was grown in a field, raised in a paddock or harvested from a garden? This is the goal for so many people, but in a busy world with work and family pressures, grabbing a packet from a supermarket is the easy answer .
There are just a few basics that can get you started on the road to healthy eating.
- If your grandmother would recognise it as food, it is probably ok.
- Does it contain more than 5 ingredients? Do you recognise those ingredients? Chances are there are fillers, chemicals additives, flavour enhancers and preservatives . These are all better avoided .
- If it is wrapped in plastic, cardboard, tin, aluminium, or any kind of man -made wrapper, it will probably keep for years because it is highly processed and therefore far removed from the fresh produce that our bodies need.
- Does it look like it has been grown in a garden or field, raised in a paddock, or made in your kitchen from scratch ? If so, perfect.
Sugar: pure, white and deadly
SUGAR : Avoid it like The Plague. It is as addictive as any drug. Sugar triggers our brain’s reward system by boosting levels of dopamine, increasing the craving for more. Table sugar and high fructose corn syrup that is added to most manufactured goods we find on the shelves are metabolised buy the liver and excess is converted to fat. The more sugar we eat, the more chances of fatty liver disease, insulin resistance and Type-2 Diabetes. Fructose, another type of sugar doesn’t affect the production of Leptin, the hormone that tells us we are full and may also increase the level of Ghrelin, which is the hunger hormone that encourages eating. Would you really want to feed your children something that is addictive? Yet we all do it and it appears acceptable to do so. Is giving a child a packet of sweets or a fizzy drink really a treat, or is it a silent killer?
Poor nutritional foundations do not support good health. We can eat food or we can eat REAL food: the first will support life, the second will nourish , heal and build strong bodies.
Of course, you may want to take it further and really eat whole, nutritious, unprocessed foods that will feed your body and allow it to function well. This takes a little practice , organisation, careful shopping and thought in planning and creating wonderful food that nourishes your body.
There are so many tools that you can use to start you off on the road to healthy eating, depending upon your tastes, but if you follow the basics, as outlined above, it is a good start.
PreKure have a wonderful series of books that will guide you towards healthy eating, with recipes for delicious whole foods that all the family will enjoy. The recipes are easy, satisfying and lean towards the low carbohydrate end of the eating spectrum .
One of our favourites apps is Diet Doctor.com which has some wonderful recipes, meal plans and a host of information about healthy eating. It does encourage the reduction in refined and processed carbohydrates, which we feel is fundamental to improving health and reducing the risk of chronic diseases later in life. We are happy to help you find the best diet for you and your family that is both nourishing, healthy, filling and promotes good health.