“Common sense is very uncommon”… Mark Twain’s keen wit and incisive satire earned him praise from both critics and peers. But yet this statement is as true today as it was then. I am sure every one of us can think of examples of times when the simplest solution didn’t come quickly to our mind. There are times when we are so busy in our tunnel vision or defending a point that we don’t stop long enough to look at the bigger picture, to see the broader perspective.
Well, this is how I feel about the kinds of foods we are in the habit of eating. Over the past 40-50 years, technology and science have ‘evolved’ to bring us foods with chemical additives and preservative, lab created ingredients that just taste like the real thing but are void of nutritional value, and foods that have been genetically modified and changed at a cellular level. We have been lied to and manipulated through advertising and packaging so as to herd us like sheep to buy certain kinds of foods.
Clients come to me all the time for weight loss issues and I feel bad for them. Most of them have been riding the ‘diet’ roller coaster for years, and the deception and false hope have left them in fear to try anything new. Sadly, at times, their obesity isn’t even their fault. They have fallen victim to the lies and deception. When I ask about their eating habits many will say, “I am doing good but I just can’t lose the weight.” But then I have them describe “doing good” and I hear things like, “I only drink Diet Soda.” As if it is OK because it is Diet. The same goes for foods that have been labeled Fat Free, or as was recently pointed out to me by a client… the new trend for marketers is Trans Fat Free. There’s No Carb and Low Carb, No Fat and Low Fat, No Calorie and Low Calorie, all leading folks to think that if the label says anything like any of these, they are in the clear. Wrong… Dead Wrong! And that is to be meant literally!
The so-called food we are eating and being fed are not only void of carbs, fat, and calories… they are void of nutrition. We might as well be eating cardboard. Ok, get ready… here is the common sense part… our bodies NEED, that’s right NEED, and I don’t mean slightly need, I am saying COMPLETELY ABSOLUTELY NEED nutrition in order to function properly. For our cells to participate efficiently in reproduction, digestion, and the fight against illness and disease, those cells NEED nutrient dense foods… foods rich in vitamins and minerals, and healthy fats and proteins. Most of what we are eating is lacking what we need the most! Even the daily vitamins we are being sold to make up for the nutrition we aren’t getting from our foods don’t make up for this lack, as they contain lab created ingredients as well. Many folks take the time to put better gas in their car engine but don’t take the time to put good food fuel in their bodies. When we put poor quality food fuel in our bodies the resulting inefficiency is evidenced by headaches, lethargy, attention deficit disorder, constipation and digestion problems, infections, skin diseases, frequent illnesses and disease. According to Dr. Furhman deficiency in DHA fatty acids has been linked to impulsiveness, aggressiveness, sleep problems, temper tantrums, dyslexia, depression, reduced intelligence, alcoholism, schizophrenia and manic depression. Every day more and more evidence is being gathered which points towards a link between food intake and autism. Even cancer and its ability to grow or not is linked back to the kinds of foods we eat.
How long will we follow the herd? Those of us that take our nutrition seriously and attempt to eat healthy are considered extremists. Funny how common sense can seem so uncommon.
Are you ready to take your health to the next level?
Here’s a good website and documentary to get you started: Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead
Based on Joe’s Rebooting program, I am starting a 10 day juicing cleanse today. Although I have completed 10 Day Master Cleanses on two occasions, I have never done a juicing cleanse. The above picture is of the food I will be eating from Day 1 to Day 5. This will be interesting, I’ll keep you posted!