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Eat better and you will evolve…

Now that February is just around the corner, there is a good chance that many of you have already blown those New Year’s resolutions. If you made it this far, then congratulations! For those of you that fell short again; well, its okay, most of us do. Still, it’s not too late to make lasting changes in our lives. We do not need the beginning of the calendar year to think about self-improvement. One great place to start right now is our diet.

Do you eat fast food several times a week? How about frozen microwave dinners? Do you drink pop or soft drinks on a regular basis?

STOP IT! You are killing yourself slowly but surely. Do you want to respect yourself? Okay then, stop putting crap in your body! Research shows cancer and diabetes are directly related to diet. True some of us have better genes than others, but over time, ingesting processed foods will shorten your life. Doctors and pharmaceutical companies are not in the business of wellness. They are in the business of treating symptoms.  Symptoms like allergies, cancer, high blood pressure, cholesterol, heart burn and diabetes – all of which are all food related in most circumstances.

Anything processed like lunch meats, hot dogs and sausage are manufactured with chemicals and nitrates. Most fast food is prepared with preservatives that are synthetic and dangerous in large doses. Fast food is also high in saturated fat and salt with very little nutritional value.  Artificial sweeteners and high fructose corn sugar are found in most convenience foods from soda pop, cookies and crackers; from granola bars to even applesauce and juice. Frozen dinners are high in sulphates and artificial flavors and are also lacking of nutrients. Here is a list of food items to limit in your diet:

  • Canned foods with large amounts of sodium or fat
  • Packaged high-calorie snack foods such as chips and candies
  • Frozen meat and frozen dinners that are high in sodium
  • Packaged cakes and cookies
  • Boxed meal mixes that are high in fat and sodium
  • Drinks with artificial sweeteners
  • Sugary breakfast cereals
  • Processed meats
  • Fast Food
  • Foods with high fructose corn sugar

Not all processed foods are bad. Frozen, unsweetened fruit is not bad, nor is frozen, unsalted veggies. All processed or packaged foods are healthier if it is “All Natural” or even better, “Organic”. YOU NEED TO READ LABELS! Do not buy foods with “high fructose corn sugar” or excessive amounts of sodium. Also, if you have never heard of or have a hard time pronouncing an ingredient, odds are your body will not know what to do with it either.

Focus on more fruits and vegetables. Hey, I used to hate veggies and I never had time to eat fresh fruit. For me the solution was juicing. Limit your dairy products and also your meat. We should not be eating slabs of meat for our meals. If you eat meat, it should be part of a balanced meal – not the main event. Start with something like frozen dinners and slowly make a shift in your diet choices. Replace the bad, convenient choices with healthy empowering choices. It is okay if you take your time – any change is a good change. Soon you will crave good food and be able to taste the chemicals in convenience food. It is also okay to indulge – trust me, everything in moderation is fine; but when we rush through life and do not read labels and live off of processed food day after day; there is a toll waged on our wellness. Do you want to love yourself? then show your body that you care – watch what you eat.

Do you want to be inspired? Check out these great documentaries:

Foodinc.

Forks over Knives

Eat better, feel better and lose weight – it is part of the evolutionary path we need to follow to be happier people.

 

John C. Bader

 

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Okay, so this week I want to talk about food. Being
mindful about what we eat …As the saying goes…. We are what we eat, right?

I watched this documentary Monday with my wife
called Forks Over Knives…. Wow!

Now, let’s back track a bit to last weekend. I took my son to his first Bears game at Soldier Field. Typical of tailgating, we threw almost everything with eyes and a tail on the grill: Shrimp, steak, sausage – it was a Midwest BBQ bonanza! It was really good too! Yet, Monday morning, the hangover was not from too many Coors Lights – nope, it was all the heavy food I ate. I had gut rot – literally.

So, then I watch this documentary Monday night and it just about blew the doors off of all things rational – or what I thought was
rational. Most of us would contend that eating animal based products, which includes meat and dairy, are good for you in moderation. We need the protein and amino acids right? This documentary, Forks Over Knives, presents evidence that a whole food plant-based diet can prevent, and in many cases, reverse degenerative diseases; diseases caused by animal protein diets!

There was a section of the movie that showed historical data from Norway before, during and after the Nazi occupation during WII. They had documentation showing heart disease death rates during this era. It is interesting because before the war there was a substantial rise in related deaths. When the Nazi’s occupied Norway, they horded and confiscated all the cattle and livestock for the German front lines. The result: No meat! Thus, a dip in death rates related to heart disease – The Norwegians were forced to eat more veggies and plant based products. Guess what happened after the Nazis were defeated? A spike in food related deaths when the meat returned to the daily diet.

This was just one interesting historical comparison. There is other convincing data and test results done in China and here in the
US that proves without a doubt that animal protein diets, coupled with items of convenience: Soda pop, french fries and really anything processed causes health problems – America is the worst apparently. Supposedly the US health care bill is more than our military budget – according to this movie; most of our health care costs could be reversed if we changed our diets. Ailments like bad cholesterol, high blood pressure, cancer and diabetes are all proven to be diet related and account for most of the surgeries and prescription drugs we are enduring.

So, fast forward to this Tuesday at the local grocery store. Yeah, that’s right, life change! Here are a few things I bought out of guilt:

Amy’s Southwestern Organic Burritos – 4 for $10 bucks (yeah there is cheese in it)

Natures Path, Flax Plus Red Berry Crunch – USDA Organic – $5.79 a box

Garden of Eaten Red Hot Blue Organic Tortilla Chips – $3.99 a bag

Annies Homegrown Bunny Grahams – All Natural – $4.99 a box (for my son, serious)

Point is, healthy food is expensive. For the money I spent above (and that was the tip of the iceberg), I could have fed my family at McDonalds for a week off the dollar menu.

As I put away the food from my health kick purchase, I stumbled upon the lunch menu for my son’s school. It was stuck to the frig with a magnetic. In bold writing, “USDA approved lunches”. It was interesting, because I noticed that hotdogs are a daily option on the menu. Wow, I had no idea that hotdogs were a well balanced meal. Last time I checked, I thought hotdogs were made from pressed lips and assholes – I am not even sure what animal hotdogs come from – and what about the preservatives and nitrates? Huh, makes you wonder who you can trust: The government and large money corporations that control our food supply or the
highly educated doctors they discredit. Further, how can middle class and struggling families even afford organic, healthy food?

The long and the short, go rent this documentary. I may not be a scientist, but I can tell you I have never seen an unhealthy vegan…

John C. Bader

 

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