Big Food’s Apples, Onions and Chicken Goo
Are you setting health goals for the coming months?
Sometimes we think we aren’t going to set goals or make resolutions.
We want to keep things the way they are…maintain the status quo.
Just be careful that the “status quo” doesn’t take you somewhere you don’t want to go.
I think Stephen R. Covey says it best, “While we are free to choose our actions, we are not free to choose the consequences of our actions.”
What will the consequences be of your actions (or non-actions)?
If you maintain status quo with your relationship with food, are you happy with the journey and the destination?
2/3 of Americans have been on a journey to being overweight.
It is unlikely that this is a destination of choice. They didn’t choose the consequences, but they did choose the actions that led them there.
Craving Junk Food
We can laugh at how much we crave junk food, like this 22 year old mother:
“I am 18 weeks pregnant and right now, the main thing I’m craving is Funyuns. The craving started like a few weeks ago, and I can’t stop thinking about them, and eating them like every day. LOL. It occurs to me, that a bag a day really can’t be all that healthy. But its hard to try to resist the craving.”
She’s craving a bag a day of Funyuns. (pause)
There are 30 tsp of sugar in a 7 oz bag of Funyuns.
Let me say that another way,
- Mama is eating a bag a day.
- 7 ounces of Funyuns is 128 grams of carbs. These refined carbs break down quickly in the body and become nearly 3/4 cup of sugar.
Funyuns is just one example of the unhealthy snacks that Big Food creates. These types of snacks are a chemical soup. The young mom mentioned above is passing chemicals on to her unborn baby.
What this baby needs is REAL food, not some toxic trash created in a factory and sold in a gas station.
Wake up mommies!
What you choose to eat during pregnancy really DOES matter. Eat real food and give your baby the best start possible.
When is an onion not an onion?
When it is an “Onion flavored ring” (not to be confused with flavored onion rings).
Ingredients in Funyuns:
- GMO Corn Meal
- GMO Corn Oil and/or GMO Soybean Oil
- GMO Corn Starch
- GMO Soy Flour
- GMO Corn Flour
- Onion Powder
- Buttermilk powder
- GMO corn Maltodextrin
- Hydrolyzed GMO Soy Protein
- MSG Monosodium, Glutamate
- GMO corn Dextrose
- Caramel color (carcinogenic?)
- Partially Hydrogenated Soybean Oil
- Natural Flavors (MSG?)
- Garlic Powder
- Gum arabic
- Onion extractives
When is an apple not an apple?
(pronounced “grape – L”).
A Grapple is a plastic-encased apple that has been drenched in artificial chemicals that taste like grape Kool-Aid.
This is why I’m not in marketing, I don’t spin it to make you want to spend $1 per apple.
I should learn from the team at Grapple:
“The ingredient mix primarily includes concentrated grape flavor and pure water. A relaxing bathing process prepares our apples for you or your kids.”
(A relaxing bathing process?)
Ingredients: apples, natural and artificial flavor
Q) Why does it say ‘Natural and Artificial Flavor’?
A) Our main flavor ingredient is the same synthesized grape flavoring agent used in 100’s of other retail food items.
(I’m not comforted.)
Because it is not feasible for us to ‘crush all of the flavor’ we would need from grapes themselves, we are forced to say ‘Natural and Artificial Flavor’.”
(They mean it is not financially beneficial to use real grapes.)
Who said there was something wrong with the Creator’s apple in the first place?
When is a chicken not a chicken?
When it is “Chicken in a Can” bones and all.
The directions say this is ready to eat.
Right out of the can.
Can I have a paper towel to remove the goo first?
Servings per can, 15. Hmmm 2 ounces per person.
Isn’t a can of cat food 5.5 ounces?
Maybe they knew that was all the human body could tolerate at one time.
When is food not food?
When Big Food steps in and messes with the food God gave us.
Here are a few tips for those who want to eat real food.
Eat a real breakfast.
A real breakfast doesn’t spike your blood sugar leaving you ravenous two hours later.
A real breakfast is not bread, bagels, cereal, pancakes, waffles and donuts.
What is a real breakfast?
Eggs and veggies!
Get up 10 minutes earlier.
Cook a couple of eggs in butter (not the plastic trans fat margarine), throw some spinach or asparagus and bell pepper in the pan.
Toss in a few slices of left over sweet potato and you won’t be looking for toast.
This should keep you satiated until lunch, but if you find your stomach starts to rumble mid morning, grab a handful of almonds. All you need is about 10 almonds to do the trick.
If you feel like sleeping in and not making your eggs then you can whip up a protein green smoothie the night before or plan ahead and make your own protein bar.
What about ready-made protein bars?
Protein bars are a convenient way to fill up quickly on the go.
The problem is that most protein bars on the market are glorified candy bars.
For example the Special K Strawberry Protein Meal bar has 5 tsp of sugar in every bar, hidden trans fats, inflammatory chemicals, several forms of MSG, high fructose corn syrup and much more!
Have a hard boiled egg or one of Mark Sisson’s Energy Bars:
Mark Sisson is author of The Primal Blueprint and here is his recipe for
Primal Energy Bar
- 1/2 cup slivered almonds
- 1/2 cup pecans
- 1/4 cup almond or sesame seed meal
- 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- 1/4 cup almond butter
- 1/4 cup coconut oil (check your local health food store)
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp of raw honey
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries or blueberries
- On a cookie sheet, toast nuts and shredded coconut until golden brown (you may need to shake the tray once or twice to make sure they cook evenly).
- Once toasted, pour mixture into a food processor and pulse until nuts are chopped and the mixture becomes coarsely ground.
- In a mixing bowl, melt coconut oil and almond butter (about 20 seconds).
- Remove from microwave and stir until smooth.
- Add vanilla extract, honey and sea salt.
- Mix thoroughly.
- Fold in nut mixture and almond (or sesame seed) meal until mixed thoroughly.
- Fold in blueberries/cranberries.
- Press mixture into an 8 by 4 loaf pan.
- Refrigerate for 20 minutes or until firm.
- Cut “loaf” width wise.
- Should make 6 good-sized bars.i
- If you don’t plan to eat immediately, you can store the bars in the refrigerator, covered loosely with a paper towel and plastic wrap.
Once you get the breakfast changed, you’ll find that the next step is easy too. Eat a real food lunch.
Don’t make it harder than it has to be.
For Pete’s sake, don’t eat diet food
Low-fat, calorie-free this and that is the reason you crave that bowl of ice cream at night.
Your body knows you are holding out on the fat that it needs (butter, coconut oil, olive oil, animal meat, eggs, avocado, nuts, seeds) and it drives you to the freezer for ice cream – a quite hit of fat.
Unfortunately it comes with a quick hit of sugar and other stuff, too.
Do yourself a favor, eat a little bit of healthy fat at every meal and you won’t even think about the ice cream.
You are free to choose your actions.
Are you willing to accept the consequences?
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