Eat Real Food
Perform to you Potential in all aspects of life including training, work & social life
by aligning and managing your lifestyle with the below.
Eat real food.
Nourish your body.
Think quality, not quantity.
Heal your gut.
Move like your ancestors.
Sleep more deeply.
Manage your stress.
Industrial food processing has caused ongoing harm to our health since its introduction.
The refinement of food has introduced three detrimental foods our health daily.
Industrial seed oils.
Also included, chemical additives and preservatives, some with known negative effects and others with effects still unknown. New research informs consumers on the harmful effects processed foods have on our health. For example, emulsifiers added to packaged foods such as mayonnaise, bread & ice cream have been demonstrated to proliferate intestinal permeability (leaky gut) an ongoing backlash of inflammation and autoimmune disease. Diet soft drink can increase the possibility of stroke leading to kidney damage, this could be from the phosphoric acid added (acidifying agent for its tangy flavour).
“Just eat real food”
To avoid the harm caused by processed and refined foods, a good general rule is “if it
comes in a bag or a box, don’t eat it.”
Flour is used for making bread, pasta, muffins, bagels, crackers, cookies, cakes and a variety of other processed grain products. Sugar is known in obvious foods, like soft drinks and lollies but less obvious foods like burger buns, salad dressing, breakfast cereals, and flavoured yoghurts. The word ‘food’ here, is used loosely.
Industrial seed oils—soybean, cottonseed, sunflower, safflower, corn, and canola oils—is nearly in all processed, packaged and refined foods.
So what’s wrong with these ingredients? Why is it such a disaster that they now account for more than half of what we eat on a daily basis?
There are many reasons why these should not be included in your daily eating. But two that stand out, is the promotion of overeating.
Firstly, they are dense in calories with minimal in nutrients, fibre, and water. Nutrients, fibre and water are what make us feel satisfied after eating real food. So when we don’t feel satisfied, we keep reaching for more. The overconsumption of “empty calories” is direct to blame for the epidemic of obesity and metabolic disease we’re experiencing today.
Secondly, they advance inflammation, and as we now know inflammation is the origin of disease, from cardiovascular disease to autoimmune disorders to allergies
Wheat flour is the most widely used flour and with up to one in
ten people have an inflammatory response to one or more components found in wheat. Gluten is the most well-known, but not the only compound. There are lectins like wheat germ agglutinin (WGA), proteins called gliadins and glutenin, an opioid peptide called gluteomorphin, and a substance called deamidated gliadin, which is produced by the industrial processing or digestion of gluten.
A gluten intolerance may impact every tissue in the body, such as the brain, skin, endocrine system, stomach, liver, blood vessels, smooth muscles and even the nuclei of cells. It is linked to numerous diseases, like schizophrenia and epilepsy, to Type 1 diabetes and osteoporosis, to dermatitis and psoriasis, to Hashimoto's hypothyroidism to peripheral neuropathy.
Sugar increases inflammation in many ways. It interferes with our mineral balance,
heightens blood sugar, prompts leaky gut, diminishes our immune system and disturbs the absorption of protein, which our cells and tissues need to function properly.
Industrial seed oils are high in a fatty acid called linoleic acid (LA). When LA reaches a point of heat in cooking it is turned into a harmful compound called OXLAMs. OXLAMs cause cellular damage to our body known as “oxidative stress,” this is linked to inflammatory diseases such as Alzheimer’s, fibromyalgia & nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). OXLAMs lead to atherosclerotic plaques which are a leading factor of heart disease. High amounts of linoleic acid are detrimental to health, especially without the consumption of omega 3 fatty acids, found in seafood this leads to a pro-inflammatory environment in the body.
What do to:
If it comes in a bag or a box, don’t eat it. If you are shopping in a grocery store, pick food from the perimeters but the middle aisles.
Base your diet on real, whole foods like meat and fish, fruits and vegetables, nuts
and seeds, and starchy plants like potatoes and sweet potatoes.
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