In the world today we must begin to see ourselves as investigators, looking for the cleanest, purest food available, and unfortunately we have a tough job ahead of us. With the food industry changing as quickly as it does, once seemingly healthy food staples have transformed into secret health criminals. While I don’t mean to be bleak, it is important for me to address how the foods that we are think are healthy, are actually contributing to the development of the very symptoms, diseases and cancer, that we claim to have just happened, because of “genes” or “bad luck.”
In the typical THK manner, I am going to help you clean up that kitchen of yours, throw away the toxic junk, and replace it with foods that actually contribute to your health, not take away from it. Furthermore, many of these items could be the culprit of those nagging complaints such as; weight gain, cellulite, acne, fatigue, dry skin, high cholesterol and even ADD, so think of this as a healthy re-birth, out with the old, in with the new.
In an attempt to cleanse our kitchen, like we do our bodies, here are the most popular secret criminals containing the BIG Toxic Offenders: High Fructose Corn Syrup, Partially Hydrogenated Oils, Shortening and Canola Oil (TRANS FAT), Monosodium Glutamate (MSG), Natural Flavor or Spices (MSG), Sodium or Potassium Benzoate, Nitrates, Color (blue, green, red, yellow), Polysorbate 60, Modified Corn Starch, and Sodium Aluminum Sulfate. Hint: these are just a few on the list…
” Avoid Food Product Containing Ingredients a Third-Grader Cannot Pronounce”
I. Packaged Grains
There is Good News Yet!
Fortunately our communities are finally taking notice of the harmful ingredients in our food, forcing companies to make changes. Therefore, there are a lot of healthier options at your local stores so you don’t have to give up convienience items completely. But the REAL goal will be to simplify your life and eat straight from the source, or in other words…
“Don’t Eat Anything Your Great-Grandmother Wouldn’t Recognize”- Michael Pollan
The idea is to get back to our roots, get back to nature, and invest a little time into the preparation of your food. It is after all the very thing that makes up every cell of your body, so we cannot completely blame our nagging ailments and diseases on our genes or the outside environment. We do have control over the food we put into our mouths, so take a little extra time to read the labels or better yet, make it by hand. You can never go wrong if your food is made fresh from local vegetables, fruits, grains, beans, nuts and seeds.
The food industry is in the BUSINESS of making money, not the business of HEALTH, so take responsibility, be aware, and vote with your fork. We have the power to heal from disease, to express our healthiest self, so begin with the basics and ditch those nasty criminals in your kitchen!