About Diets…….

Whenever I hear the word, “diet”, I cringe!  Aghhhhh!  Maybe it’s because I grew up in the Twiggy era (anyone remember?)  She was that super stick thin skinny model we were all ‘suppose to’ emulate!  And, I NEVER was going to have that kind of shape- I got hips!  🙂

Twiggy

 

Even our mothers, God love them, got a bit sucked in and helped us think that’s what we should aim for.  So, many of us were on ‘diets’.  We were ‘on’ them.  Then we were ‘off’ them.  Here’s what I now feel about diets…….

Realistically, the word, ‘diet’ really means the nutrition we choose from day to day.  But, unfortunately, and largely due to media, in my opinion, it has now become a word with several different connotations.  Bottom line, diet has become a word that means a restriction from foods.  Hmmmmm….don’t we want to eat food?  Why restrict what our bodies require for life?

That thought behooves the question, “What is food?”  I think many of us, and again the media hasn’t exactly helped us think this through straight, have this idea of food really confused.  I’d like to set the record straight.

Food is:

any nutritious substance that people or animals eat or drink, or that plants absorb, in order to maintain life and growth.

That’s the definition of food.

For example, an apple is food.  Buy it local.  Otherwise travel time,storage, etc causes it to lose much of it’s nutrition.  Buy it organic.  Yes, an apple is likely contaminated with pesticides, which, by the way are not food.  Pesticides do not adhere to the above definition.  I’m pretty sure you’ve come across some research stating that pesticides are being linked to cancer!  Therefore, if this is a truth, then they certainly don’t maintain life & growth!

Applesauce,  with a label like the following:

Applesauce Label

is not entirely food.  Look at the ingredients…apples-ok, water:ok, maltodextrin: hmmmm, what is that?  do you even know?  Its basically a sugar, probably derived from corn , and by the way,most corn is the US in genetically modified…should that be part of your ‘diet’?, juices-kind of ok, vitamin c -do you wonder why they added vitamin C to fruit that should have naturally occurring vitamin c…I’ll tell you why….when the apples are processed down, the naturally occurring vitamins are lost, so the company decides to add synthetic vitamin c…eh…that’s a so-so additive, natural flavors-how about that? do you know what they are? Here’s the definition:

The definition of natural flavor under the Code of Federal Regulations is: “the essential oil, oleoresin, essence or extractive, protein hydrolysate, distillate, or any product of roasting, heating or enzymolysis, which contains the flavoring constituents derived from a spice, fruit or fruit juice, vegetable or ..

Hah?  Whaaaat?

Consider checking out this article from Natural News:  http://www.naturalnews.com/036308_natural_flavors_MSG_aspartame.html

All right.  I am rambling.  Do you get the picture here?  Getting back to the confusion and how we think about food.  We’ve got to CHANGE ( I know-many of you hate that word!) the MINDSET you may have about what food is!

Alia Crum’s “milkshake experiment,” which set out to determine whether the information on a food’s nutrition label could prompt physical changes in your body, showed that MINDSET plays an important role in whether or not we feel satisfied by what we eat.  Once we get our minds wrapped around what food really is, we will be satisfied with it and more importantly, nourished, and I’ll bet you anything the end result, which is still lingering back there in your minds, will be a healthy body with healthy weight.  You’ll look and feel great!

Change your mindset about diets.  Find what real food is, and practice eating it over and over.  You and your body will LOVE it!

 

 

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