What’s *really* in the foods you eat every day?

We all know that we should aim for simplicity when it comes to our nutrition.  The less ingredients that are in the things we eat, the better… right?

But we also all know that sometimes, Life doesn’t care very much about your nutritional (and health in general) goals.  And so we rush into the convenience store or gas station that’s on our route home, reach for the shelf and grab… who knows?  All those places offer is junk food, even if it is cleverly packaged as “healthier options”.

The whole trick to getting out from under the convenience stores’ thumb is nothing more than just knowledge.  If you know what is contained inside of those cleverly-packaged items on the shelves at the gas station, are you going to be so quick to grab them?

 

Do you know what is REALLY hidden inside the foods you eat every day? Always read the labels, but even then you run the risk of missing things. Ask questions and do your research if you are unsure

So how do we avoid them?  If there really is a gas station on every corner and an entire junk food aisle in every grocery store you go into, if it is just easier to buy pre-made meals, what can we do?  Sometimes, it’s as simple as just packing a sandwich or some fruit before going out anywhere.  You never know when you are going to be delayed or get held up, so missing meals is a real hazard.  But if you are always prepared… you’re set!

Spend that extra five minutes every morning making sure that you are equipping yourself with the tools you need to be successful the entire day, in any circumstances!
Interesting afterthought to add to this post… a friend of ours pointed out that it isn’t just the stuff on our grocery store shelves that are laden with chemicals – chemicals are in everything.  Chemicals are in general good things… what they mean to watch out for is the bad chemicals and things that harm us.  This doesn’t mean that chemical in general are bad.  Fresh organic vegetables are full of chemicals for example!  But in this case, fresh organic vegetables are full of good chemicals – in the form of vitamins and required nutrients!  They are all chemicals, but people think bad things about them right away based solely on the name.  People assume it’s a negative thing just because of marketing.  It’s right up there with GMO foods – they are not bad, they are misunderstood and vital to feeding our world.  Genetically Modified Foods are everywhere and depending on your definition of it, you might be surprised what is and isn’t.

If you consider GMO foods to be any food affected by any form of genetic modifications, then you loose about 80% of vegetables people eat today (and you probably would not like what is left).  The thing we need to be asking ourselves is what 3 billion people on the world do you want to watch starve to death?  It has been proven that there is simply not enough land space to grow enough food organically to feed more then about 4 billion people.  Organic farming requires mores space for the same yield as conventional farming.  With more 7 billion people alive on this earth at this point in time, living 100% organically just isn’t a possibility.

So what’s the solution?

Simple – start a garden in your backyard!  If you don’t have a yard, use window boxes and start a container garden!  Canadian Living has some great tips for getting started – http://www.canadianliving.com/crafts/home_and_garden/7_secrets_to_successful_container_gardening.php 

 

 

(Thanks to facebook’s The Plant-Based Dietician for the image!  Check her out at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Plant-Based-Dietitian/378985915313 ) 

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