Here’s the greatest concept in the world! If you eat it outside your home, or if you don’t personally make it, it doesn’t effect your health the same way as if you are eating at home or made it yourself. Right?
How do I know this way of thinking? Because I have done it too. Here’s the correct answer- You are better off making that something from scratch , with natural ingredients, even though it is really bad for you and eat it, than consuming Lord knows what ingredients, made by who knows, and it’s a wonder if they really care what they are making.
But Adrienne, if I make it at home, then I am more liable to eating/drinking the entire thing! True that, but when are you going to grow up and be accountable for your own health? Besides, don’t you normally drink/eat more than normal when you are out because ‘you are out’ and ‘it’s a treat’, or ‘I’ll never have this again’/’It’s been so long since I have had this’, or maybe this one ‘I deserve this for having such a rough week’.
When we were young, and dumb, and never gong to die, this train of thought was okay. We didn’t have any health issues and no one taught us that what we were consuming then would directly effect our health in 10-20 years. And even if we were told, would we have listened? Maybe only if our parents were having some serious health issues. Now things are a little different. We have high cholesterol, high blood pressure, high blood sugar, diabetes, cataracts (which is a fancy way of saying your body isn’t breaking down carbs efficiently -digestive enzymes and responsible eating anyone?), reflux, gout, psoriasis, arthritis, thyroid issues, low blood sugar, Crohn’s autoimmune disorders. Okay, I am getting exhausted just listing things. My point being, our grandparents or great grandparents (depending on how old you are reading this) didn’t have 2/3 of what we have in health issues today. Why? They probably grew and made 75% of what they consumed themselves. And if they didn’t, the food they were purchasing wasn’t as highly processed, or refined, there weren’t as many chemicals either in the ground or in the packaging and GMO was only a scientific notion.
Now am I getting on my Holistic Health Soapbox condemning everyone to Crapfood Hell? No. My latest joke has been about the episode from Sex and the City where Miranda went on a dessert binge, swearing off sex, saying she didn’t need it. Throughout the show, she graduated from one eclair to five then to an entire cake that she went home and baked. That’s when the ‘Miranda cake eating’ started. She went from having a piece to sneaking around the corner taking thin slice by thin slice until half was gone. The next day, I believe, she came back to it, and catching herself, threw it away only to retrieve the cake for one last piece and then tossed it back in and drowned it with dish detergent. Hey, whatever it take. I LOVE this episode because I too,began a ‘Miranda cake’ eating of my very own. It began with taking the Hershey’s Cocoa cake recipe off the side of the H cocoa box and making it gluten free, dairy free, with au naturale sugar. Same for the frosting. Well, who knew how good a cake could taste? I had made the cake with the intentions of having it for my children (better than buying it). It ended up with my slicing that 8 inch double layer cake into 16 slices, and individually wrapping each piece so that I could not just take a piece when I wanted it. I’ll be honest, I still had most of that cake. so I made another one for the fam. My husband told me I needed to make sure there is this cake in the house at all times after having his third piece. I told him NO, because then his wife would live up to her true Sicilian potential. He guaranteed me the cake wouldn’t be around long enough for me to consume it. Guess who just finished the last piece of cake? The consequences? My skin is ruddy and flushed, I am at a higher acid level than normal and my immune system weakened due to the amount of sugar i was consuming (sugar does that to your body).
Was it worth it? I don’t know. I don’t like having a crappy complexion and I don’t like having a cold. Fortunately I have continued with exercising and daily juicing or my jeans would NOT be fitting. What I am telling you is this – whatever you eat/drink, wherever you eat/drink, whenever you eat/drink -,it does have a direct effect on your health. You can make as many excuses as there are grains of sand on this earth, the numbers on the scale don’t lie, the numbers on your sugar monitor don’t lie, the numbers on your blood test don’t lie, how your clothes fit don’;t lie, your energy levels don;t lie and neither do your joints and everything else in your body.
So,eat, drink and be merry. Just remember, while you are the only one going to bed with you and waking up with you the next day, your loved ones (significant other, children, friends, parents) are the ones suffering even more so when your health fails.
Adrienne Falcone Godsell is a personal nutrition trainer and food coach in the Tampa Bay area. She also consults and teaches cooking via Skype.
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