Friday, February 11, 2011

Avoiding Processed (Toxic) Foods

Have you ever seen a picture of your blood plasma after you’ve eaten a meal from McDonald’s or Burger King? It’s not a pretty picture. It looks thick and cloudy. Fast foods are loaded with artificial fats and sodium. They use white bread and rolls, which means they’ve used white processed flour, with very few nutrients in it.

Hamburger, fries, and a coke.Image via Wikipedia
And how do you feel after a Big Mac and french fries? You need a nap, don’t you? All that fat will drag you down and make you feel sluggish and toxic.

Going on a diet may seem hard, but think about some of the things you do when you go on a diet. You eliminate those high fat, processed, high-sodium foods. You eat less, true. But you also eat more raw fruits and vegetables. You drink more water. And the results of eating this way are increased energy, better sleep, less illness, less toxins in the body, and generally better health over all. You can do some of this, without having to give up everything that you enjoy - just cut back on the processed stuff.

Processed foods, with their high fat content are hard to digest. They take an enormous amount of the body’s energy to consume. When your body’s energy isn’t used up digesting all that fat, it’s available for YOU – for work, play, love, exercise – in other words, for LIFE.

These aren’t drastic concepts. You don’t necessarily have to make drastic changes in your lifestyle to be healthier. But take a good look at what you consume without even thinking about it. We reach for the potato chips, or stop at McDonald’s or Taco Bell when we’re hungry and we want something in a hurry.

Cut-apple-slices_21575-480x360Image by Public Domain Photos via FlickrIt’s much easier these days to have healthy snacks on hand so you don’t have to stop at a fast food place when you’re hungry. If you’re on the road a lot, and get hungry but haven't packed anything with you, stop and pick up a bag of vegetables or apple slices at a grocery store. Yes, it may be easier to go through the drive-thru at  Wendy’s, but taking a few extra minutes, not to mention a few extra steps, will be well worth it in energy and vitality, and in reducing the toxic load on your body.

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