Just What Should I Eat?
Well, it’s the beginning of a new year and most of us have made our New
Year’s resolutions. For many of us, these include having a healthier, happier
and more aesthetic body with lots more energy to enable us to carry out the
rest of our resolutions. What we choose to eat is the major area of our health
over which we have the most control…So let’s look at the area of food and
First of all, the MacMillan Dictionary defines the word food as 1. that which is
eaten or otherwise assimilated by an organism to sustain life, provide energy
and promote the growth and repair of tissues. The word is derived from Old
Engish foda (nourishment). OOPS…There goes about 75% of the American
So, what edible choices actually constitute a food and which foods
specifically are correct for your body? Well, beginning with the basics,
there are only two categories of foods: Whole foods and processed foods.
Processed Foods are produced using
manufacturing methods that transform raw
ingredients into neatly wrapped packages of
plastic, cardboard, aluminum foil and tin. They
include chemical ingredients, such as
monosodium glutamate (MSG), artificial
sweeteners, colors and flavors, preservatives,
mysterious fillers and hydrogenated oils. All of
this is done for the purpose of giving them a
long shelf life for the benefit of the retailer and
to sell you on the convenience of a quick meal
with little or no preparation. They have a long
shelf life because they’re dead…There’s
nothing in them that’s perishable…The
nutrients originally present are gone and
replaced with disease causing, lifeless STUFF.
And yes, this is the STUFF upon which “fast
food” restaurants prosper.
Whole Foods, on the other hand, are grown in orchards, gardens,
greenhouses, dairies and ranches. They are not refined or processed. This
means that they are rich in vitamins, minerals, enzymes, fiber, anti-oxidants,
protein and phytonutrients that actually feed our cells, provide energy and
repair our body parts.
Once you’ve made the upgrade to whole foods, the next echelon is to go
Organic so that you’re getting top quality produce that isn’t sprayed with
pesticides and herbicides that are toxic to the liver, kidneys and nervous
system. Chicken and beef that are organic are allowed to roam free and feed
on grasses instead of living in filth and being fed garbage. Organically raised
animals are NOT shot full of synthetic estrogen to rapidly fatten them (and
us) up, nor are they given antibiotics to neutralize the diseased conditions in
which they live. For that same reason, organic butter and cheeses are far
superior in health value.
Another major reason to eat organically is that organic foods are not allowed
to contain GM (genetically modified) ingredients. GM foods are foodstuffs
produced from genetically modified organisms (GMOs). This means that the
whole hereditary information of the life form that is encoded in its DNA, be it
plant or animal, is altered by scientists using genetic engineering – And that
alteration has very detrimental effects on our bodies. So, although these
foods look and taste like the cereals, salad dressings and corn on the cob
that we’ve always eaten, they are not!
The major genetically engineered crops today are Soy, Canola, Corn and
Cotton. Most vegetable oils and margarines used in restaurants and
processed foods in the U.S. are made from Soy, Corn, Canola or
Cottonseed. At this time, Non-GM oils include olive, sunflower, safflower,
almond and most other oils available.
Aspartame, the diet sweetener, is just one example of a genetically
engineered product. For more understanding of GM foods and a much more
complete list of what they are, plus tips on eating non-GMO in restaurants,
see Jeffrey Smith’s website: www.seedsofdeception.com
Just know that for each type of food there is usually a non-GMO brand that’s
available. These are mostly found in health food stores, but they also can be
found in other markets if you look for them. It’s worth taking the time to read
the labels and find the non-GMO foods.
One final note on diet has to include the fact that foods eaten raw, such as
salads, sushi or any other food that you could enjoy raw contains the
enzymes needed by the body for proper digestion. The second choice to raw
is steaming foods to help preserve their enzyme content.
Having a general knowledge of foods to choose from, now the question
becomes, “Could any of the unpleasant symptoms that I sometimes
experience like bloating, headaches, fatigue, weight gain, mental fogginess,
sleeplessness, etc. be caused by eating foods that are wrong for my body?”
The answer to this question is a resounding yes! There is a broad spectrum
of reasons why individuals can’t tolerate certain foods, even specific foods in
the healthy category. Sometimes the cause and effect phenomenon is
immediate and you know within minutes to hours that having eaten such ‘n’
such made you sick! But more often than not, the effects of problem foods
are cumulative and take months to be toxic to the system; therefore, it’s
almost impossible to trace them down. For this reason, I strongly recommend
being tested by a nutritionist to find these food allergies and either be tested
for the exact enzymes that your body needs to neutralize them or eliminate
them while the body is being de-sensitized to them. You’ll be very pleased by
the results…Bon Appetit!
Judith Cutler has been a nutritionist in the L.A. area for 20 years and a
natural products developer. She is the founder of BioTech Solutions
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