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5 Foods to Eliminate From Your Diet

By |January 2nd, 2014|

healthy vs junk food

There are thousands of healthy foods on this planet but there are also thousands of unhealthy choices.

You can’t eliminate every bad food at once so I’ve listed the top ones to beware!

1.  Oreo Cookies and Snickers

 Why:  Sugar and Chemicals

  • Oreos are as addictive as cocaine!  Eating the cookies activated more neurons in the rat brain’s pleasure center than drugs like cocaine. – Connecticut College study.
  • One Snickers bar contains:

6.5 teaspoons sugar – (your blood only needs one) can trigger cravings
16.5g fat – puts extra pressure on your heart
296 calories – a bar a day will add 31 pounds in a year

Solution:  Use a good stevia.  Also coconut sugar is a low glycemic sugar. Read my 7 Tips to Stop Sugar Cravings.

 2.  Nonorganic Strawberries

Why:  Chemicals

  • They are drenched in deadly pesticides and fungicides and always near the top of the list of the Dirty Dozen.
  • “The workers wear these suits to protect themselves from the dozens and dozens of known dangerous pesticides applied to strawberries.  When I saw this, I thought to myself, if this is how berries are grown, I don’t really want to eat them anymore.” said Kenner while filming Food Inc.
  • If you don’t care about your health do it for the farmers.

Solution:  Grow your own organic strawberries or buy organic strawberries at a reasonable price when in season.  If I cannot afford organic strawberries I just do not eat them and choose one of the many other powerfood fruits like raspberries, apples, mangos and bananas.

 3.  Bacon

Why:  Fat and Additives

  • Bacon is loaded calories and 69% of those calories in bacon are bad fat.
  • Half of that fat is saturated.
  • One ounce of bacon contains 30 milligrams of cholesterol.
  • Cancer and chronic pulmonary disease are caused when processed meat with nitrates like bacon are consumed.  University of Zurich and Columbia University
  • Cured with …”sugar, high fructose corn syrup, propylene glycol, sodium phosphates, maple syrup, sodium erythorbate, natural and artificial maple flavor, corn syrup, caramel color, sucralose, sodium nitrite.”  (label ingredients).
  • Is that what your body can deal with? Notice that there are 5 sweeteners in it!

The average American eats about 18 pounds of bacon a year.

Solution:  For that crunch use vegetables or a few nuts or seeds.  Your heart and digestive system will be happier.

 4. Junk Food

Why : Empty Calories and Chemicals

  • Teenage girls eating lots of food may be at a higher risk of breast cancer, a study claims. Lead researcher Sandra Haslam, of Michigan University, said: “Our findings show the culprit is the fat itself rather than weight gain.”
  • Addictive.  Junk food is filled with flavour enhancing chemicals that are rewarding to the addict.  Chemicals like MSG, high-fructose corn syrup, and aspartame, are all highly-addictive.  MSG excites the brain so much that it causes neurological brain damage but because it tastes so good, people keep eating it.
  • Effects memory! Healthy […]

Eat Real Food NOT Junk Food

By |February 23rd, 2012|

Junk food is destroying both our bodies and the environment.  Here are the facts and the solutions.

Animals in the wild don’t have to stop to think about what would be good to eat.  A sparrow knows exactly what to eat.
Animals eat real food without adding waste to the environment and it is best if we did too.

We are Junk Food Consumers! We are addicted to junk food:

  • Americans spend almost 46 percent of their food budget on restaurants and take-out.
  • More than 2 million California adolescents (62 percent) drink soda and 1.4 million (43 percent) eat fast food, every single day according to the policy brief, “Teen Dietary Habits Related to Those of Parents.”
  • Which ever city road you drive down; you will see more fast food restaurants than any other business.
  • Junk food it placed eye-level right next to the check out of any store.
  • Vending machines filled with junk food are everywhere.
  • Junk  food is high in sugar, dumb carbs, and chemicals. It supplies few nutrients. That is why it is called junk.

Junk food has finally made it to even India.  Junk food in India

Heart Attack Grill

Junk Food is Destroying our Health

We already know junk food is unhealthy. Read these statistics:  The Deadly Consequences of Our Eating Habits.

We even PROMOTE our unhealthy food as in the name of this restaurant… The Heart Attack Grill. Read about this in Would You Eat This Meal? The Heart Attack Grill Kills

Even politicians recognize the costs of junk food:   Did Coke Make America Fat?

What does the food we eat, in particular fast food do to our environment?

  • Fast Food Waste Threatens our Marine Environment: Styrofoam, foamed plastic, a staple of fast foods, becomes a permanent part of our environment when littered. Eventually it reaches the ocean through the drains; the plastics from this urban pollution are the largest source of marine debris.
  • One average cheeseburger, which weighs  120 grams,  requires the energy of 1000 to 3500 grams  of Co2 to produce it.
  • Packaging is a very good business if you want to make lots of money and do not care about the environment! All fast food comes in little cardboard boxes or styrofoam or plastic packaging thus we are left mountains of this unsightly garbage.
  • Almost 3.2 million tones of packaging are added yearly to US waste.
  • Some candies are as harmful to the environment as pork meat says a Swedish study.
  • 2.2 kilos of greenhouse gas is produced during the production of one kilogram of chips.
  • The volatile organic compounds (VOC) created when four hamburgers are produced are equivalent to the same VOC’s  emitted by a current model car  driven for 1000 miles.
  • Fast food waste includes leftovers of meals and trimmings from food preparation.
    8,200 pounds of food waste per month (more than 98,000 pounds a year) is what the average restaurant produces. About 15 percent of that waste is in the form of reusable materials. Restaurants can do more: Cutting Down on Fast Food Wastel
  • Pacific Gyre aka Great Pacific Garbage Patch contains about 3.5 million tons of trash. Clean Water Action found that 49 percent of litter is from fast food; the five biggest sources were McDonalds, Burger King, Seven Eleven, Starbucks and Wendy’s. Watch this video:  The Garbage Patch

Eat REAL FOOD

Real Food is food in its most natural state; it is unprocessed or with very little processing. Real food does not need a label or fancy packaging. An apple is an apple. Basically Real Food is a whole […]