Posts Tagged Health & Nutrition

Don’t Ignore What you Eat!

All to  commonly we ignore what we eat. We take flavor and value over substance and nutrition. Not to say healthy food is  flavorless, it can in fact be much more delicious. As for price it is going to be more expensive overall (which is a good thing). If you ignore each stores individual margins and what they are paying for wholesale due to their purchasing power; you will always get what you pay for. That is to say, the fundamental price of each variety of food exactly reflects it’s quality. You can spend a buck on some crap or you can invest your money into your health, longevity, and mental/emotion well-being.broccoli-tofu

Yes, food will affect all of these things. The dangerous part of this is it’s hard to link how we are feeling to what we eat. In some ways however it is cut and dry; we eat fast food late at night and we wake up the next morning feeling poorly. This is an obvious example but some people may not connect the two. The long-term effects are much harder to decipher. The food industry is cloaked behind poor laws to protect us and the ability to present very low quality food in an appealing way. They can make grade D meat look great, they can even make it taste good with enough fat and additives. They can’t however make it be good for you, and really what do they care. It is very easy for these large companies to get away with this, and if they can why not? Their profits are always there first concern.

Ninety-nine cents for a burrito, what a deal right? That depends on what you mean by deal. The meal you are eating likely comes from grade D meat (ask your friends who work there) they contain potentially dangerous additives and are hard on your body. Give a new diet a chance, do your research on healthy foods and work hard to achieve a new diet. Your life will be enriched in ways you never connected to your food. You will feel better on many levels and your money will be going to much better people who care about you!

Think of all the food scares in the country. Think of all of the outbreaks or life-threatening diseases. Do these come from small scale farmers or from large scale corporate production that cram animals next to each other for miles? There are virtually no reported cases (I can’t actually find any) that came from family or individual owned farms. You can argue it is because they don’t supply near as much food but they would still have to have some statistic to compare to and they don’t even have a percent.

We must care about our bodies and about our lives to make these changes. We must re-budget our food to a more effective and nutritious choices. There is a lot to do but making one change at a time will smooth out the transition. We can get cheaper deals than big name fast foods chains with rice and grains. We can get good organic diary and produce that will make us feel good. To make these changes will give you the direct experience of how your food affects your life.

Eat well and feel great!

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Organic vs Conventional

The organic vs conventional debate is pretty cut and dry but finding which organically labeled items are organic and which aren’t is essential to living an organic lifestyle or at least eating as organic as you decide you want to. I will start off with the organic basic for those of you who don’t know.

Organic produce, grains, herbs, etc are all grown pesticide free, without genetically modified (GMO) seeds or artificial fertilizer. They are generally produced in smaller crops which raises quality and supports small farmers. Corporations however, don’t care about the land or anything else, they just care about profits. Organic is not only better for the environment it is better for you. Organic products regularly contain more vitamins and minerals than the same conventional products. On top of this they are not grown with pesticides or genetically modified seeds. Organic-Vs-Conventional

Genetically modified seeds are manufactured by Monsanto. A quick Google search of Monsanto and you will find a tremendous list of their misdeeds and dozens of groups working against them for a plethora of reasons. These seeds are potentially very harmful to our bodies (not enough scientific studies have been done) and are very harmful to our environment. They make pesticide resistant plants that can be sprayed more, which is bad for us and the environment. Additionally this extra spraying of pesticides are creating super weeds which are become more and more resistant to the spraying.

Organic products are better for the environment, they are better for you, they taste better, and generally the money you spend on them is going to small farmers and away from corporations who don’t care about you in anyway. There are many fake organic labels and lobbyist have successfully lowered the bar for organic labels. Avoid brands that are well know for unhealthy snacks and products that also have products with organic labels. These are always fake organics. Look for products with a short list of ingredients.

If you choose to eat one thing Organically let it be your dairy. This is the largest jump in food quailty, conventional dairy is disgusting and I will let you do the research to see why. Organic dairy is a massive jump in quality so let that be your starting point.

Eat better and you will feel better!

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Multivitamins for Your Health and Emotional Stress

Multivitamins come in great variety. Some are well balanced, some can cause you damage, many are synthetically made. They are a great and easy way to get most of the vitamins and minerals your body needs to operate optimally. From your eyesight to your energy levels to every organ multivitamins help you in so many ways.multi-vitamin-emotional-stress

When I say some can cause you damage I refer to Vitamin A and Iron. To much vitamin A will cause eye-site damage. For men, to much iron can cause liver and other health problems. Women need a lot more iron because they deplete it on their periods. When you see Multivitamins for men and those for Women, this is usually the only difference. There are some natural multivitamins that also have herbs for prostate health and other herbs for women but it’s mostly the same thing.

Multivitamins are obviously good for your physical health but some studies also show they help balance your emotional stress and emotions in general. Others don’t agree so much and some don’t at all. I feel there is a strong connection between taking a daily vitamin and feeling better. It will be up to you to decide once you start taking one.

The best options when shopping for multivitamins are the food based choices. These will not only digest better but are not synthetically made like many of the cheap and advertised brands. When you buy a brand name you are paying for all the advertising and the usually higher margins then most smaller companies. Rainbow Light is a nice smaller company that makes ok priced multivitamins that are food based.New Chapter and Megafoods make terrific vitamins and have great company philosophies. Check out there websites to learn more. Drug stores and superstores are almost all synthetic with what a lot of dietitians would say a not well balanced formula. There are many of brands out there so do your research.

One last thing to consider is the cheaper vitamins use cheaper quality vitamins and minerals and even knowing put forms of the vitamins in that are less (in some cases not even) digestible. If you have a lot of money you should go for higher priced liquid vitamins. It’s your health and if all you can afford are cheap generic brands that’s a lot better than nothing. I feel you will find yourself with less emotional stress and more energy if you just take a once a day vitamin.

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