Amy After

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Public Enemy #1

Pretend that I’ve just handed you a box which contains a frozen dinner and asked you to tell me if you thought that it would be a healthy thing to eat. How would you determine the answer to that question? Which information on the box would be most helpful to you?

The calorie count?

The fat content?

The number of carbs?

If you answered yes to any of those then you are a victim of America’s public enemy #1 – processed food. You were hoping for something more sinister? I know,¬† “processed food” sounds so harmless. Nothing is scarier than a carb, right? I’ll tell you what sinister really is; let me direct you to the ingredient list. The sooner those of us living in our developed western culture learn to read the actual ingredient list the better off we’ll all be.

Have you ever wondered what those words you can’t pronounce on the packages of the food you eat really mean? This is a topic that we can explore in great depth as there are many layers but lets keep it simple for now. If you can’t recognize or pronounce an ingredient in your food, you shouldn’t be eating it. If a substance is created in a laboratory then your body will not recognize it and can’t process it as a source of nutrition. These chemicals and “nutrients” created and manipulated in laboratories are seen by your body as foreign bodies. The toxins are stored in your organs and fat cells. The body tries to deal with these unknown substances by compartmentalizing them but after so many years it can no longer protect you from the effects. You’ll develop symptoms normally believed to be linked with aging and normal deterioration.¬† Stiff joints, aches, allergies, memory problems, Parkinsons, Multiple Sclerosis, and cancer can be evidence of filling our bodies with these foreign substances.

Additives and preservatives are in processed foods in order to keep them on the shelves for years. Food that never goes bad equals maximum profits for the manufacturers. Foods are “enriched” because they were stripped of all original nutrients to begin with so cheap fake ones are added to the finished product to make the nutrient values seem acceptable. None of this is done with our well being in mind. We absolutely can’t keep letting it be the corporations’ job to make sure our family’s health and vitality is safe guarded. That is our responsibility. I invite you to start learning what you are really putting in your body.

Pay extra close attention to the foods manufactured for children. Your kids are dazzled by the commercials, bright packaging and characters on the boxes but I am begging parents to look past all of that and investigate the actual contents of this stuff your child wants so badly. I can’t tell you how many battles my son and I had in the grocery isles over this. I know how hard it is to stay strong through the tantrums¬† but know that you are acting in their best interest.

If you’d like to learn more – I have a book that is a must read. This is one of the first books I read when I began my studies in nutrition. If I had to name one source that has had the most impact on me this one is it.

Excitotoxins – The Taste That Kills by Russel Blaylock