Do you feel like you are missing out?
Sometimes when people start a new eating plan or a new 'diet', they feel as though they are 'missing out'. But what are they missing out on? Is it the junk food? Processed foods? The ability to eat whatever they want? To be able to eat what 'everyone else' is eating?
Lets have a closer look at junk and processed foods….what are these foods really made of and how nutritious are they? These foods are often made with highly refined ingredients, including vegetable oils, sugar, additives, preservatives, emulsifiers, colours, flavours, etc. They are designed to be highly addictive, so you can’t stop with only eating a small amount. One bite and you are hooked and you want to eat more. These foods cause inflammation in the body, which over time can lead to chronic health conditions. These foods are also low in nutritional value, containing "empty calories", and cause havoc on people's digestive systems and gut function (e.g. diarrhoea, constipation, bloating, gas, IBS, SIBO).
Processed and packaged foods are also ‘dead’ foods. Often they have been treated at high temperatures to kill all the microbial growth (think long shelf life) and kills all the enzymes (hence a ‘dead’ food’). These foods use energy from the body for it to be able to digest them. These foods deplete our vital force and often make us tired and wanting more as our body has not obtained the nutrition it needs. However, when you eat wholefoods, these foods are ‘alive’. They contain many nutrients and enzymes and provide energy to the body. They are life giving.
When we eat junk foods, we feel tired, not satisfied, and have fluctuations in energy levels. It can affect many functions and organs in the body, and contributes to obesity and chronic health conditions. When you eat junk and processed foods, pay attention to how it makes you feel. Compare this to when you eat healthy organic whole foods. Can you notice a difference?
While some people may appear to be able to eat anything they want and still look skinny and healthy, you don't really know what is going on in their bodies. You don't know what health issues they may be having. And even if they 'appear' to have no issues from eating processed foods, sooner or later it will catch up to them. Our bodies are not designed to be eating these types of foods. Nowhere in our ancestry were we ever eating junk or processed foods...it simply was not available. We would only be able to eat whatever we ‘caught’ or found while hunting or foraging for foods. Our genes have not changed as quickly as the food industry has, and our bodies are not able to digest and absorb these foods without any health effects.
Although some people can eat junk foods and still look ‘skinny’ and ‘healthy’, are they really healthy? ‘Skinny fat’ people are those who appear to be able to eat anything and everything they want. They remain ‘skinny’ and appear to look good on the outside. However, they have a high percentage of body fat which is typically stored around their organs and this can be more dangerous as these people believe they have nothing to worry about because they ‘look good’. Under the skin tells a different story.
When a high percentage of body fat is combined with low muscle mass, it is called sarcopenic obesity, and recent research is showing that this can be a contributing factor to brain function and may contribute to the development of Alzheimer’s disease11. This is another reason why you should eat well even if you are skinny and think junk and processed foods won't affect you.
When you see someone eating junk or processed foods (and yes it is all around us), remember what it is made from and how detrimental it is for your body. You are what you eat and your cells are made up of what you eat. If you want your body to be composed of vegetable oils, sugar and additives etc, which are inflammatory and can cause chronic health issues, then go for it. But if you care about your health, then it is best to be aware of what foods you are choosing to eat and not eat. In reality you are not ‘missing out’. Eating processed and junk foods may be tasty and cheap, but you end up paying for it later with your health.
If you feel you are ‘missing out’, ask yourself what quality of life do you want to live? Are you eating to support your dreams and goals? Will eating this way provide you with enough energy, mental clarity, health and vitality? Or will it lead to chronic health conditions and you needing to be on medication for the rest of your life? Chronic diseases and illnesses are becoming more and more common nowadays and is occurring at a much younger age. It is really scary especially for future generations and the impact it will have on our health system.
I no longer (and haven't for many years) been tempted to eat processed or junk foods. I simply do not have the urge and find they aren't worth it. If ever I want to eat a pizza, it has to be made of good whole ingredients and often I end up making it myself. If my son wants to eat a burger, I will make it out of good organic ingredients. For every 'fast’, 'junk’ or 'processed’ foods, there is always a healthier option. When I make it myself, I know what the ingredients are used, the quality of the ingredients and the way it is made. It always tastes so much better. I don't feel sick after eating it and my body gets the nutrition it needs.
So in reality, you are not missing out. You are making a conscious decision to eat well. Stay focused and eat well…it is better for you, the environment and for future generations.
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