Monday, March 15, 2010

Leaving Processed Foods Behind

A pair of In-N-Out cheeseburgers.Image via Wikipedia

Have you ever seen what a person's blood plasma looks like after they've eaten a fast food meal? It’s not a pretty picture. It looks thick and cloudy. Fast foods are loaded with fat and sodium. They use white bread and rolls, which means they’ve used white processed flour, with very few nutrients in them.

And how do you feel after a Big Mac and french fries? You need a nap, don’t you? All that fat drags you down and make you feel sluggish.

Changing your way of eating can be a hard thing to do, but think about some of the things you do when when you switch to a healthier diet. You eliminate those high fat, processed, high-sodium foods. You may eat less, true. But eating more raw fruits and vegetables and drinking plenty of water will result in more energy and less need for sleep. Processed foods, with their high fat content are hard to digest. They take an enormous amount of the body’s energy to consume. When your body’s energy isn’t used up digesting all that fat, it’s available for YOU – for work, play, love, exercise – in other words, for LIFE.

These aren’t drastic concepts. You don’t have to make drastic changes in your lifestyle. But take a good look at what you consume without even thinking about it. We reach for the potato chips, or stop at McDonald’s or Taco Bell when we’re hungry and we want something in a hurry.

It’s so easy to have snacks on hand so you don’t have to stop at a fast food place when you’re hungry. If you’re on the road a lot, and get hungry, pick up a bag of vegetables or apple slices at a grocery store. Yes, it’s easier to drive up to Wendy’s, but taking a few extra minutes, not to mention a few extra steps, will be well worth it in energy and vitality.

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