Thursday, January 29, 2015

Whole Foods-Clean Eating Part 2

What are whole foods?

 "Foods that are unprocessed and unrefined, or processed and refined as little as possible, before being consumed. Whole foods typically do not contain added salt, carbohydrates, or fat. Examples of whole foods include unpolished grainsbeans, fruits, vegetables, and animal products, including meats and non-homogenized dairy products. Although originally all human food was whole food..."(wikipedia) 

The goal of clean eating is to put real whole food in your body, such as all vegetables, fruits, meats, nuts, and beans.These foods feed your body what it needs to function at it's highest level.

Our body isn't designed to digest artificial, man-created ingredients.

"Organically grown fruits and vegetables. Grass-fed beef. Organic free-range chicken. Ocean-caught fish, whole grains. Nuts, beans seeds. These are foods your body recognizes from way back. In fact, your body knows what to do with every part of these foods, what nutrients get sent to what part of the body, and most important, what foods turn on (or off) which hormones. These foods make sense to your body." (Jillian Michaels, Master Your Metabolism)

When we eat processed foods our bodies don't know what to do them. It disperses them to various organs and then the rest is stored as fat.

When you are shopping look at the list of ingredients on a package. It should have very few words and you should be able to pronounce every single one.

No long, hard to speak words, no hydrogenated this or that. No food coloring, preservatives and natural colors or flavors.

All of these fake ingredients have been associated with the increase in hypertension, adhd, inflammation, allergies...the list goes on. Read more here.

We eat so many processed and fast food items we are making ourselves sick. The food industry doesn't care about us, they care about their bottom line-money.

They have lobbyist's in the government to ensure they are able to continue what they are doing. Most of our legal food ingredients here are illegal in other countries due to health concerns.

Say what?! Yep!

Our foods, like anything else have to be something we take a closer look at. You wouldn't take someone else's word for what the Bible says, don't do it with your food.

Do your research.

It's always our choice.

Action Step: Purge the pantry. Go through and read ingredients, if you don't recognize or can't read them. Get rid of them! Donate to a food pantry. Add some whole foods to your grocery list this week.

Sources for you:

Bonus:Try this recipe for homemade Hamburger Helper. It takes no more time than the boxed stuff and is SO much better!

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Monday, January 26, 2015

Jesus Loves The Nobodies

“[Jesus] matters because of what he brought and what he still brings to ordinary human beings, living their ordinary lives and coping daily with their surroundings. He promises wholeness for their lives. In sharing our weaknesses he gives us strength and imparts through his companionship a life that has the quality of eternity." (Dallas Willard, The Divine Conspiracy)
I’m a very ordinary girl…woman.

Really I am. There has never been anything extraordinary about me or my life. I’m not beautiful or all that smart. I’ve struggled with my self-perception my entire life - I’m either too fat, too skinny, too much of this or not enough of that.

I’m very ordinary and well aware of it.

Most of my life God was the big man in the sky who I prayed to when I needed something. Or confessed to when I felt guilty and needed forgiveness.

After I had my daughter, all of that changed because I wanted more than a Sunday relationship with Him. 

I wanted to know my Heavenly Father. I wanted to know the God who came as one of us, who slept, ate, 
and died…like us. I wanted to know how to love Him and be more of what He wanted me to be.

Whatever that was...

Will you join me over at God-sized Dreams to read the rest?

Friday, January 23, 2015

What's Up With Our Food Today? Clean Eating Part 1

I was first introduced to the idea of eating clean after I was trying to figure out why I was gaining weight even though I was counting calories and eating low fat, low calorie foods and working out.

My normal way of dieting wasn't working anymore. Blood work from my labs were normal (later I found out this wasn't necessarily true)

So what else could it be?

My food.

If it was fast, cheap, and easy I bought it. Bonus if it was on sale and  I could use a coupon ! (Think Extreme Couponer from TLC)

If I wasn't so desperate to lose weight and feel good I'm not sure I would have made the effort to do the research and spend so much time reading up on our current food system.

For instance I found out...

  • The cows and chickens we eat are being kept in horrendous conditions-hence the increase in mad cow disease, e coli, and listeria. Read more here.
  • Our fruits and veggies are ripe year round-used to be certain foods were in season and other's were not-things that make you go, hmmm (we'll talk more about genetically modified foods later).
  • The difference between wild caught fish and farm raised.

Clean eating forced me to educate myself on what was in my food.

If I could give you one piece of advice, don't wait until your health forces you to make healthy choices.

Make the change now.

Our foods have changed so much they are not considered real food anymore. They sure taste good though, but we eat these things at the expense of our health. I love Doritos's just as much as the next girl, but you won't find them in my pantry.

When you know better, you do better.

Eating clean has been one important piece of the puzzle for my body to heal. And it has saved us a ton of
money in doctor visits!

Next week, we'll talk about whole foods.

Here are some resources to help you:

Action Step: Click on the 2 resources I gave you above. Read around. Come back and tell me what you learned. :)

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