Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Real Food Isn't Square

Does overhauling your diet sound like a lot of work?

It’s completely up to you. If you want to go back to the land, grow your own oats and turnips and hoe a field wearing sackcloth, knock yourself out .. but you can do your body a big favour just buy changing the way you shop.

First thing: Real food isn’t square, nothing in nature is … and nature is where your food should come from. Anything that comes in a box almost certainly contains added sugar … added starch … added fat… and preservatives, most of which I don’t even want to pronounce let alone eat.

Some ingredient lists include 20 or 30 items. Know how many ingredients there are in an apple? One. No apple meal or apple by-products, no added sugar or fat. Just apple.
If you are a bit overweight — and there’s a good chance that you are — processed foods are likely part of the problem. Prepared ready-to-eat foods usually contain extra sugar, starch and fat, the holy trintity of sluggishness.

Added sugars are quickly converted to fat by your body and the extra carbs and fat in prepared processed foods are the quickest way to drive your “calories in” way above your “calories burned”

If you are gaining a pound a year, processed foods are probably why.

So put the square foods back on the shelf, make a shopping list and start to “shop the perimeter”. The middle aisles are all full of jars and boxes and all that stuff you want to avoid … the perimeter of the store is where you will find the fresh foods.

Fresh vegetables, fresh fruit, fresh fish, fresh meats and fresh dairy are all along the outside walls, so keep to the perimeter and fill your cart there first. Eating fresh fruits and vegetables every day will reduce your risk of nearly every major disease you can name. Cancer, stroke, heart attack, Alzheimer’s

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