Good Morning and welcome to a new week. Since food is my passion and assisting people with their health through the food they eat is my calling, I thought this would be a good topic, seeing all the various food choices we have.
There is so much information out there about what foods are good for you, what is healthy, what is natural, what has the best source of fiber, calcium, iron, etc. The thing I find funny though, is how more than half the information out there is hurting people more than helping them. For example, sugar free products. Great!! No more sugar, no more diabetes, no more weight gain, no extra calories. But then why is there so much more obesity than there was 20 years ago, and why has diabetes doubled? Well, since the yellow packet sweetener is made from removing one molecule for m sugar and replacing it with three chlorine atoms, the body is still treating it like sugar. What does that mean? When there is excess sugar in the body, it stores it as fat. How much ‘diet drinks’ are consumed daily? On the radio show ‘Duke and the Doctor’, a couple months ago, they were talking about the fact that the yellow sweetener has been proven to raise A1C levels. Can we say diabetes is here to stay?
Let’s talk about fiber for a minute or two. The source of fiber is just as important if not more than important as getting the right amount. Brown basmati rice, amaranth(it’s a funky little superfood with oodles of fiber and great taste), lentils, black beans, broccoli, kale, apples, dates, almonds, quinoa, are all great sources of fiber. There are so many more ads about constipation and gas and digestive distress. Celiacs’ Disease/gluten intolerance is now very well know terminology vs. 8 years ago. Products are being labeled gluten free and there re all sorts of breads, bake mixes and baked goods out now. With GMO wheat, our bodies no longer know how to digest it. There was an article in last week’s paper saying that Russia has banned GMO corn because of its link to creating cancer in our bodies. My own personal experience with wheat and gluten has taken me the gluten free route even though I have not tested positive for gluten allergies. By removing gluten from my eating, I have lost about 5 pounds, and no longer have bloating or constipation issues. Which of the three is the selling point for you?
Dairy. What about dairy? We need it for calcium and protein and helps us lose weight right? How many people do you know with lactose intolerance issues, gas, diarrhea, bloating, constipation, or IBS? It’s rather common these days. Oh just have lactose free milk. Ummm, if you have an intolerance why have the same product in a different form? That’s like saying the pan in the oven is hot, so take the pan out of the oven and then you don’t need to use hot mitts. The pan is STILL HOT!!! There is more absorbable calcium in broccoli, and kale and beans, than there is in pasturized milk. What about all the vegans and vegetarians in the world that don’t eat calcium and have super dense bones? They are doing something right. If you want cheese, eat goat cheese or sheep cheese. Almond milk is a great alternative to milk. Coconut Bliss is one the best ice creams out there AND is sweetened with agave nectar vs. sugar.
There is a new diet book out called the Virgin Diet – lose 7 pounds avoiding these 7 foods. If I had been smart enough to label a detox this way I’d be raking it in right now. Get rid of sugar, gluten, dairy, corn, soy, artificial sweeteners, and any form of MSG (including caramel color, disodium inosinate and disodium guyalanate) and you’ll lose weight. Pretty simple huh? Go back to eating what God has created for us from the earth and watch your health improve. I have.
Adrienne Falcone Godsell is a nutrition coach and natural food personal chef. You can find her on the web at bestofbothworldssimpleandtastynutrition.yolasite.com, FB page Best of Both Worlds, her weekly vlog on You Tube – Your Favorite Foodie Adrienne Falcone Godsell, and catch her tweets on Twitter @ URFVR8FDIE.