10. Diet Soda and Diet Drinks: Toxic to liver and body cells. See Non calorie sweetener above. Action to take: Always put your body cells first and foremost in your mind when choosing foods and food products. Make herb teas and enjoy them sweet free or use a tiny bit of raw, local honey. Make "soda" with seltzer water and a wee bit of organic fruit juice concentrate.
11. Gluten Free Food Products: A word of caution: when a health problem arises, manufacturers are quick to respond with ' "food products" to help solve your problem. Many gluten free products are HIGHLY processed and full of junk ingredients.
Gluten free does not mean it is healthy. There are thousands of gluten free products on the market: cakes, cookies, breads, pizza crusts, boxed mixes; processed food heaven! Learn to read labels. Many of these products are full of fillers. Yes the “fillers” in question are gluten free, but they are also refined, nutritionally devoid foods. If the natural, whole food nutrition is not in the food, the refined food product will rob your body cells of nutrients and contribute to degenerative diseases. You are trading off one huge health problem for another of equal degenerative quality.
Things to look for are: white rice flour, corn starch, potato starch*, tapioca starch*, tapioca flour*, potato flour*. Basically these are cheap, filler ingredients not real food, not food that nourishes your beautiful body cells. These fillers create a host of health problems in your body including blood sugar and insulin issues that contribute to inflammation and exacerbate health issues.
Action to take:
Keep refined ingredients out of your diet for vibrant health. Read labels, buy food products that are 100% whole food ingredients only, including gluten free products.
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*Note: Some brands of tapioca flour and potato flour are the whole roots ground into flour. Check with the individual companies to know that what you are buying is a whole food flour, not a refined food flour.
12. Fat Free Dairy: There are many reasons to avoid animal fat. My big issue is that they are contaminated with all the toxins that have been created on this divine planet. So, I advise buying organic and naturally raised animal products. I even try to avoid animals products from animals that are fed GMO foods: corn and soybeans. These are no easy tasks, I admit, and can leave one throwing up their arms in despair. With this said, fat is needed in your body! The manufacture of your bodily hormones depends on ingested fat. Action to take: Get to know your farmers, ask them how they raise their animals, what they feed them, if the corn /soy is GMO free, if they get fed very little corn and soy and mostly have access to pasture. (Yes, winter in the north country complicates the pasture grazing issue!) www.gardenshare.org Go ahead, click the link, and start finding local farmers to grow your food!
13. Chocolate: Ok, I know there are people who will want to strangle me for adding this one to the list. Let's get serious, anti-oxidants aside, we all intuitively know that eating processed chocolate, every day, is not what nature intended. It has been well marketed to us as a healthy superfood. (Please see the above comments about marketing campaigns and food.) Yes, I am certain chocolate, cocoa beans, have antioxidants, why wouldn't they? Nature did make them. But humans take those beans and process them into 554 million different chocolateproductsand then market them as a necessary daily food. Our culture has certainly bought into this food campaign: hook, line, and sinker. Perhaps we could all thrive ingesting just chocolate, red wine, and coffee... all are loaded with antioxidants, right?! Ok, ok, I know I am being a smart ass. Action to take: See it for what it is; a tasty, fun, occasional treat. Buy organic and fair trade to support the farmers that grow these amazing beans and enjoy it, with a smile, on occasion.