Sure you might have plenty of food on the table, but are you still wanting more? If you feel like you’ve just devoured your lunch and you’re still hungry for more, there’s a chance that what you ate was not real food…
Grocery stores and even some restaurants nowadays are selling these pseudo-foods, or processed and genetically modified products, that have been cleverly disguised as food. Had any good microwave meals lately? Picked up a sub or burger at the nearest fast food joint? Sorry, don’t believe the “salad” options are much better. “But it tastes so good”, right? Well of course it does, the processed products are designed to taste a particular way and designed to leave you wanting more.
So why should you care? Because these foods are linked to chronic diseases like cancers, diabetes, autism and obesity. (Did you know over half the population in the U.S. is expected to be obese by the year 2030
). Did you know it’s an entirely possible to be overweight and underfed? That’s right, if the foods you eat are not nourishing your body, they’re doing more harm than good.
“But good food is expensive”. Well it may appear that way at first because many of the cheaper foods (i.e. corn, soy, sugar, etc.) are subsidized by the government. That means we
as citizens are paying not only for the production, marketing and advertising of these crops, but also for the skyrocketing costs associated with the abuse of these products including diabetes, heart disease, and obesisty. The current U.S. healthcare bill
is over 3.2 trillion
In the end, we’re actually paying more
for these cheap, “franken-foods”. However, we can do something to stop this and it’s so simple. Ready for this? Just eat real
food, and here are three simple tips to help you become a more conscious consumer:
“Don’t be cheap, fast, easy or fake” – avoid the dollar menus and other “cheap food” options. If the restaurant is claiming “fast food”, turn around. If your three course meal comes out of the microwave in just a matter of minutes, throw it away. You are what you eat, so again, don’t be cheap, fast, easy or fake.
Live more organically- Organic is the preferred way to shop but if you’d rather shop for conventional produce, then be sure to keep in mind the “Dirty Dozen” and the “Clean 15”. You can also try shopping at your local farmers market and (bonus!) meet the people who produce your food. In other words, “shake the hand of the hand that feeds your food”.
Every dollar spent is a vote cast- You can be an advocate for and support healthy eating. The products you deem worthy to spend your hard earned dollars on are the same products suppliers will work to create to meet the demand. When customers begin to demand real foods, companies are going to have to work to fill that need! And don’t be afraid to be an advocate in your community and in your children’s schools demanding real food and real nutrition education.
After all that, just remember, enjoy real food. Don’t diet. Just eat an abundance of good foods.