Remember the day when we used to shop at grocery stores that were hardly larger than a convenience store? Fresh produce grown nearby, as well as meat, nuts, legumes, and grains, were all abundant in them. There were only a few non-perishable food shelves in markets back then.
It’s the opposite now. Nowadays, non-perishable food items that can stay on a shelf for years predominately stock our shops. We refer to them as “processed foods.” There are various causes for this transformation, but the underlying issue is how to live in a world where artificial food is prevalent. That’s a legitimate worry, so maybe the following details will assist you in navigating this bewildering world of food sources.
In reality, the majority of processed meals aren’t even food at all. Real food spoils because it is alive. While some “real food” elements may be present in processed foods, those ingredients have been altered in some way to extend their shelf life and make the food less alive and more lifeless. Food can rot on a shelf if left there for a long period.
In order to pique our appetites and encourage us to buy their processed meals more frequently and therefore increase their profits, several manufacturers add addictive chemicals to them. Years ago, I read about how MSG’s hallucinatory effects make us yearn for the food that has been loaded with it. In the lengthy list of substances, many compounds are overlooked. People frequently eat the meal while oblivious to the risks. Most of the time, they simply don’t have the time or desire to research every element. They are motivated by their hunger and cravings because they enjoyed the meal so much the last time they consumed it. However, as we all know, just because something was fun doesn’t necessarily mean it was safe.
Fortified and Enriched Food
Foods that have been fortified or enriched often start out as actual food, but the healthy component has been removed or destroyed during processing. This is done to extend the product’s shelf life and increase its profitability. Sadly, the portion that spoils also happens to have the highest health advantages. Natural nutrition is lost when synthetic vitamins, minerals, and fiber are added back into the product. It merely improves the way the product looks. Once more, this turns actual food into fake food, or dead food.
Interested in learning more about fortified foods? It cannot be sold in a grocery store if the maker skips step 2 and doesn’t add artificial nourishment back into the product. Years ago, a pharmacist informed me that because this substance isn’t actually food, it’s against the law to sell it at a grocery shop. It could only be sold at a drug store without being “enriched” with synthetic nutrients. Keep in mind that in order to stay alive, our bodies need nourishment that is also alive.
The ground is where real food is grown. Fruits, vegetables, cereals, lentils, seeds, and nuts are living and full of extraordinary elements that keep us alive and well. They also include a wealth of vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals, and energy. Choosing living foods is always the right choice. Living food offers the ideal ratio of fiber, vitamins, and minerals that properly complement one another. Protein, carbs, and fats in living food are balanced to meet your body’s demands, and they contain phytochemical remedies to combat the pesticides and other poisons that are present in everyday life. Living food eliminates the need to count carbohydrates, skip fats, or increase protein intake. For us, the work has already been completed.
It was meticulously designed to meet the requirements of our body. Putting a square peg into a square hole is how eating real food works. It works.
Additionally, living food is delicious! Your taste buds will start to detox if you eliminate fake food sources from your diet and they’ll become more sensitive again. When that occurs, you’ll discover that fake food tastes fake and real food tastes fantastic!
What about protein from animals? Protein from animals is regarded as actual food but not as living food. Animal protein is used to meet our needs for protein. We don’t get vitamins, minerals, or natural medicine from animal protein. Lean animal proteins, however, can be highly beneficial for people who need additional protein. However, you should be mindful that eating animal fat and whatever chemicals or hormones the animal was given can harm you. Limit your intake and make careful protein choices from animals.
So how do we navigate this manufactured food world? We’ve been conditioned to think that by just reading the ingredient list and paying attention to what we consume, we can address this issue. I disagree with this approach. We can spend a lifetime reading words we don’t understand, then researching them on Google to determine whether they are good or evil. Even then, we cannot be certain that the information we read online is accurate. The internet is rife with skewed research, business offers, and opinions. Trying to abide with all the online health regulations might drive one crazy!
Why is it necessary for us to understand every single technical term on an ingredient list? Because manufacturers frequently change the names of their products when they notice that consumers are becoming aware of their unwholesome contents and manufacturing processes, which can lead us back into the Google trap or cause us to give up. So how do we escape this slavery?
There are two approaches to approach this complex problem. We have the option to raise our hands and declare, “Whatever, it’s too hard; I’ll just eat what I want.” Or we can choose what I believe to be a simpler and healthier course, both for our families and ourselves.
I figured out a long time ago that the easiest method to spot a fake is to study the actual thing rather than the fake. Knowing what actual food is allows you to recognize it when it’s missing from an ingredient list. Therefore, I advise my clients to scan rather than READ the ingredient list. Find the words you are familiar with, such as “chicken,” “black beans,” “carrots,” etc. Select then items whose ingredient labels clearly state that they are 90 to 100% real food, ideally 100%. Remember that 100% of food might not even have an ingredient list, and even if it did, there might only be one!
We are presented with tempting and unhealthy options every day. Make the decision to take control of your health and the health of your family today. To help you move in the correct direction, consider the following advice:
- 1. Study real food, not fake food, with your limited time.
- 2. Search ingredient lists for actual food.
- 3. Pick food products that are 90% to 100% made from actual food.
- 4. Restock the shelf with any expired food. Don’t waste your money on something that is already dead.
- 5. Make your meals in advance.
- 6. Spending a little time now will help you save a lot of time, money, and suffering in the future.
- 7. Don’t count on getting it right every time. Just try to get it right more often than not.
- 8. Perseverance is more important than perfection!
My two cents, only! Good appetite!