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You Are What You Eat

Anna Hunt, Staff Writer
Waking Times

“The Doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest his patient in the care of the human frame, in diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease.” – Thomas A Edison, 1847-1931

Eating healthy can be challenging in a world of convenient, processed and fast foods. In the US, food companies collectively spend more on advertising than any other industry, even more than Big Pharma (which coincidentally spends about twice as much on advertising as it does on research and development, as reported in Science Daily). We are talking about billions of dollars spent each year to make us believe that a sausage biscuit is just as good to eat as a bowl of granola because it has similar calories, or that you will have more fun when drinking a coke, and that processed GMO’ed snacks are “natural” and “healthy”.

On top of all this, billions more are spent to sell us pills to help with the various ailments and illnesses that often arise due to poor diet.

Many people are stuck in this vicious cycle because they lack proper nutritional education, and don’t have a personal history of eating well. Aside from a few days covering the food pyramid (which in itself is questionable, as there is a heavy dependence on grains and animal products and no mention of vegan or vegetarian diets), not much else is taught in schools about nutrition. Most medical professionals are not taught to address our illnesses with nutrition, but instead promote drugs, and shockingly some even dismiss diet as a cause of poor health.

Public and government organizations can in no way match what is being spent by the food processors to help promote healthy-eating initiatives. In 2006 alone, food companies spent $1.6 billion marketing their products to children, with millions more spent targeting other demographic groups. The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Centers for Disease Control’s combined budget to spend on improving the public’s nutrition and physical activity totaled about $51 million in 2008. Source: Washington Post

These organization may try to raise awareness about good food, but their efforts simply cannot compete. The USDA outlines a set of dietary guidelines to help guide Americans towards healthier food choices and, as per the USDA, “confront [the] obesity epidemic.” But who listens and actually adheres to government guidelines about what to eat?

New research conducted by the USDA’s Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion in Alexandria, Virginia surveyed over 8000 Americans to find out what they ate in a day, and compared this to USDA nutritional recommendations. “Overall, the researchers found that children and adults as groups each scored 56, while seniors scored higher with 65, meaning they did a better job meeting the USDA standards than most younger people, but no one came close to a perfect score of 100.” Source: Fox News

Now that we understand that our health and diet is being attacked by corporations, and that our already over-reaching and over-extended government is in no position to positively influence public health, what can we do abut this serious issue?

As with many problems that face the world today, the best way to begin fixing this is to stop pointing fingers and to take a look in the mirror. What are you eating? What are you serving your children? What companies are you supporting with your spending dollars? What types of dishes are you bringing to pot-luck dinners during this Holiday Season? Perhaps an interesting dish that’s packed with super-healthy, leafy greens will start an inspiring conversation about food, versus leaving the guests bloated and reaching for antacids.

There are many resources on the Internet, numerous books and recipe apps that bring us a wealth of ideas on how to cook and eat healthy. Here are some of my favorites:

Greens Glorious Greens: More than 140 Ways to Prepare All Those Great-Tasting, Super-Healthy, Beautiful Leafy Greens, by Johnna Albi

Wild About Greens: 125 Delectable Vegan Recipes for Kale, Collards, Arugula, Bok Choy, and other Leafy Veggies Everyone Loves, by Nava Atlas

Power Foods: 150 Delicious Recipes with the 38 Healthiest Ingredients, by the Editors of Whole Living Magazine

Raising the Salad Bar: Beyond Leafy Greens–Inventive Salads with Beans, Whole Grains, Pasta, Chicken, and More, by Catherine Walthers

The 10 Things You Need to Eat: And More Than 100 Easy and Delicious Ways to Prepare Them, by Dave Lieberman

Superfoods: The Food and Medicine of the Future, by David Wolfe

About the Author

Anna Hunt is a staff writer for WakingTimes.com and an entrepreneur with over a decade of experience in research and editorial writing. She and her husband run a preparedness e-store outlet at www.offgridoutpost.com, offering GMO-free storable food and emergency kits. Anna is also a certified Hatha yoga instructor. She enjoys raising her children and being a voice for optimal human health and wellness. Read more of her excellent articles here.

This article is offered under Creative Commons license. It’s okay to republish it anywhere as long as attribution bio is included and all links remain intact.

Sources:

http://www.rawforbeauty.com/blog/470-meet-the-great-vegetarians-and-know-their-thoughts-about-veg.html

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/07/29/AR2008072902293.html

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/01/080105140107.htm

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/29/us-diet-standard-idUSBRE8AS1EY20121129?feedType=RSS&feedName=healthNews

http://www.cnpp.usda.gov/Publications/DietaryGuidelines/2010/PolicyDoc/PressRelease.pdf

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  1. Your Guardian Angel says:

    You’re absolutely correct! A sausage biscuit is pretty much the same as a bowl of granola – they’re BOTH poison.

    Oats and refined breads both contain gluten. The gluten also gets processed by the body quicker than if you were to eat the equivalent weight in spoonfuls of sugar. A bowl of oatmeal actually contains MORE gluten/sugar metabolized by your liver than a bowl of fruit loops, which is approximately 55% sugar by weight.

    What if it’s gluten free? There are still three other inflammatory disease-causing toxins…

    ALL grains (wheat, corn, rice, barley, oats, quinoa, spelt, amaranth, rye, buckwheat, sorghum, millet, etc., gluten free or not), contain phytic acid, and whether sprouted (containing benzoxyazinoids) or not, also still contain gliadin and lectins, (including soy and starches such as potatoes). All three of these substances are detrimental to the human body, because they prevent nutrients from being absorbed fully in the digestive tract (which is 70-80% of your immune system), and exacerbate blood sugar levels in the presence of the empty carbs.

    According to our Paleolithic ancestry of approximately 10,000 years ago, humans have not yet evolved to the point to where our digestive system produces the phytase enzyme required for the breakdown of phytic acid. This type of acid can wreak havoc on your intestinal tract, and can cause inflammation, the primary symptom of most diseases and other ailments, including cancer.

    Grain carbs (like breads) are processed as sugar and stored as fat. This sugar also feeds yeast (fungus) in your intestinal tract to the point where the beneficial probiotic-to-yeast ratio is unhealthily imbalanced. This causes the fungus to take over, leading to the hyphae (tendrils) of the yeast fungus to literally poke/tear microscopic holes in your intestines! The nutrients you consume then leak through these damaging holes and directly into your bloodstream before being processed. Antibiotics are the easiest way for yeasts to take over, since they shut down your body’s natural immune defenses of probiotics.

    Still want to consume grains and other similar foods with chitin-binding lectins?

    http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/01/21/grains-causing-gut-leaks.aspx

    http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2010/05/27/gut-bacteria-offer-new-hope-for-people-with-celiac-disease.aspx

    http://www.greenmedinfo.com/page/dark-side-wheat-new-perspectives-celiac-disease-wheat-intolerance-sayer-ji

    http://www.greenmedinfo.com/page/opening-pandoras-bread-box-critical-role-wheat-lectin-human-disease

    http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/200-clinically-confirmed-reasons-not-eat-wheat

    http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2003/06/18/antibiotics-bacteria.aspx

    http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2008/01/02/truth-about-eating-grains.aspx

    http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/07/05/other-nonwheat-grains-can-also-hurt-your-health.aspx

    These links are provided here just to get you started. But, don’t believe me. Do the research yourself, as always!

    • It’s all vey interesting, but it seems like a scare tactic. Humans have been eating grains for thousands of years and the health and life spans were increasing until the advent of the modern food diet – hydrogenated oils, high fructose corn syrup, artificial flavors, aspartame, etc. Certainly some people have more difficulty processing this than others, but when I look at the octogenarians, I have yet to see one who is vegan, or even vegetarian. I know some must exist, but it seems like the old folks talk about steak once a week, a glass of whiskey, and even cigarettes.

      There are those who say garlic is toxic and billions of others who swear by its health benefits. The same with onions, potatoes and even cacao. One man’s poison is bother man’s superfood.

  2. Susanne says:

    see fhu.com for an excercise that will teach you how to eat the right food and how to heal any illness, even cancer.

  3. gintaras says:

    Eat recycled food; recycled food, it’s good for the environment and OK for you.

  4. mothman777 says:

    We would do well also to research exactly which of the foods that we currently eat have been made by bombarding seeds with radioactivity, as a massive percentage of all the crop plants that we eat today are randomly mutated in that artificial way, that is often overlooked whist we focus all our attention on GM seeds produced by genetic splicing.

    We cannot predict the long term side-effects of eating such plants, and they may have an effect not on this generation, but on the third generation after us.

    Just as the incongruous miRNA from GM plants continues to function inside the animal or human being that eats it, in a cross-species manner, resulting in the death within one week of cows eating GM cotton plants in India for instance, so the still-functioning miRNA from plants mutated by radiation may be acting within our bodily organs in a dysfunctional manner also, that may yet reveal a deleterous effect in a manner not yet fully understood, or conceived of.

    Also, whilst most commercially farmed food is farmed on land nourished only by harsh chemical so-called fertilizers, organically grown food is grown on soil which can contain twelve times as many minerals, but that soil is still not fully replete as virgin soil would be, and the best method of remineralizing all soil is to use basalt rock dusts and other rock dusts, along with organic manure, depending on the mineral needs of each particular crop.

    Microminerals such as praseodymium, lanthanum, samarium and neodymium are proven to double the lifespan of animals in lab tests, and they would do just the same for us humans too. Only rock dusts have these rare minerals in full measure. 95% of all disease can be prevented simply by eating mineral rich food.

    See ‘Mothman777’s Blog’ ‘Basalt And Other Rock Dusts, How To Totally Remineralize Your Soil – with a refutation of the University of Glasgow 2009 PhD thesis on rockdust and composted materials’.

    • PJ London says:

      Thanks for your information, I looked on your blog, but could not see any source reference for your statement “are proven to double the lifespan of animals in lab tests”.

      Could you please provide the source as I am very interested in health and longevity.

      • mothman777 says:

        Hi PJ. Sorry for not leaving a reference for that. It is one of those facts heard and then assimilated, that I think I heard maybe from a Neways company tape about the benefits of colloidal minerals (people are better off with basalt rock dust in their gardens rather than drinking bottled colloidal minerals, you get the whole thing perfectly naturally then, together with life force, as the chi in the food actually makes food digestible too. So digestion is not so much a chemical but an electrochemical process, if you count chi as a subtle form of electric.

        I may also have read it in a Philip Day book, he is a health researcher you may have heard of who is really good, and is a great campaigner for B17 and other alternative cures, as well as being a fearless soldier against the murderous big pharma. The memory is perfect though, and other microminerals were also mentioned.

  5. Bri says:

    Things are getting interesting these days. I’m even going vegan. Considering my more placed outlook now, can you imagine when we all become vegan? I think eating meat makes us more agressive. It’s sorta like a drug. The converse is true as well. Eating vegetables maks us more peaceful. This change of diet is an evolution brought about by our repugnance of violence. Violence to animals and our brethren. Yes things are getting very interesting. There is the added advantage of eating healthy. It’s all good.

    • al joo says:

      I’ve worked around lots of animals and lots of plants. Plants definitely have feelings/sensory as well as animals. they don’t die immediately when separated from their roots. like an animal does. just food for thought….plants may be a superior life form than to some animal who thinks others should choose the lifestyle they do.

  6. jules says:

    I am 53 and started a plant-based diet 18 days ago. First got a juicer. Then bought every fresh type of greens and fruits my grocery had available. Quick noticeable differences. Immediately stopped needing antacids. Sleep quite sound. Make a fruit smoothie in the morn and quit coffee without even trying. Have much more energy. Eat as many fruits and veggies as it takes to satisfy me. Very limited amounts of all fats. Weight going down…energy up. Got a rebounder and do the health bounce daily. Aches and pains going away. Starting meditation and yoga. Life just keeps getting better. Plant based feels great!

    • mothman777 says:

      Be careful about reducing your fats, as your brain is 20% fat, and hemp oil should provide every essential fatty acid you need. Not sure though about whether you get enough cholesterol with that though.

      Cholesterol is also necessary, though the brain gets a lot of that from the liver, which makes it when necessary, though eating it is very advisable. Too few fats can wreak havoc with personality, as well as several important physical things, and vegans who don’t get it right are notorious for being hypersensitive and cranky, and low fats can lead to aggression and worse.

      Check out why cutting down in cholesterol is irrelevant to heart disease, and see Dr Matthias Rath’s book, ‘Why Animals Don’t Get Heart Attacks but Humans Do’ -download it free.

      Heart disease is a form of scurvy caused by lack mainly of Vit C and compounding factors resulting from that. You can get rid of 50% of atherosclerotic deposits in 3 years by taking a minimum of 500mg Vit C a day, also one or two other really cheap vits like B6.

      If you are not getting enough fats your skin starts getting really dry like paper, and I went through that a lot as a vegan and earlier on in my vegetarian experiments, pre-internet era, till I found out how important fats are. Plenty of coconut oil too is really good for you. There are some interesting articles on how different fats are metabolized, some making you fat, some converted to energy straight away.

  7. Anonymous says:

    I have R.A and I have done more to make myself feel better and get rid of a lot of pain just by changing my diet.

    I lost 4 stone in weight. My specialist who I have been seeing for over 10 years has never asked me about diet and lifestyle. He is just interested in pushing more pills on me.

    I haven’t felt this good in years. I changed my diet from eating processed and microwave foods to eating raw vegetables and grains.

    Diet plays a major part in health. Change your diet to a raw food diet and change your health. Diet is essential in repairing your body. Give good food and you will never get sick or ill

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