We are often flooded with conflicting information about food and how it relates to our health. We are conditioned to think or believe that we must eat excessively and at a rapid pace. When the idea of intermittent fasting was first introduced, it caught many by surprised... not eating for a 16 hour period? Just to fathom that thought was unimaginably for most. Although there are sufficient evidence to support the benefit of intermittent fasting, it was difficult understand why it was such a plagued concept to grasp. Why is this method of eating despite the benefits feared by many individuals?
Let's dig deeper!
Why do you think we are fed misleading health related information? Meaning that we are living in an information age so maybe the question should be, why aren't we doing our part? Why aren't digging deeper to find out information in regards to our health. Why do we continue to allow paid marketing companies, compensated by the food industries to make health conscious decisions for us? We are living in at time of over-consumption and are fed misleading information.
According to Joe Cross (Filmmaker and wellness advocate for Fat Sick and Nearly Dead), he said " we are living in a time where people are dying from diseases based on diet and lifestyle choices" :
- Cancer 25%
- Stroke 10%
- Heart disease 27%
- Alzheimer 10%
- Diabetes 4-5%
There was a point in time where food was not readily available 24/7. Intermittent fasting is an eating structure surrounded by the "hunter and gatherer" method. Our ancestors were not eating an excess amount of food. They were surviving on less food, less diseases especially food related ones and the list goes on. As economical condition changed more and more people are consuming more diary and meats. There were a time when diet related illnesses did not exist.
"Hunter and gatherers” what happened to this? Have you ever wondered why this type of eating pattern or lifestyle is not advertised by large corporations? Is it because the benefits outweighs their profits and revenue? Is it because we would then realize the agenda behind the food corporations?
How many of you don’t know fruits and vegetable is the foundation to a healthy life? The is the most disputable fact knowledge according to Joe Cross.
"Everyone know fruit and vegetable are good for you!"
A LITTLE STORY ABOUT ME
I myself didn’t believe I could do it, cut out meat all together… no way. My favourite meal was chicken and salads, I loved chicken so much that if my then boyfriend now husband had chicken for lunch, he would save me some by bringing all the way to my house. My addiction to meat was bad. as I started to compile research, I started to change my perception of food completely. I realized that I was conditioned to think this way as a child. The same reason why I am so addicted to processed sugar today. Processed sugar is why I am still considered to be overweight and juicing helps me combat my addiction. When I was younger, I was poor, I was mistreated by relatives and sometimes I didn't have food to eat. However, the only time great time I remembered was when a relative would give me a "treat". That treat would normally be a sweet pastry or cake, so no matter how healthy I eat today, a cookie or a slice of cake takes me back to that little girl when there were occasions like Christmas when I would get that "treat". When they didn't feed me, I was fortunate enough to have access to fresh mangoes and grapefruit etc. We build our habits based on what is being repeated over and over again. This is why I am conditioning the way my children view food by allowing them to watch me. If I vicariously implement great habits for them ,then they can carry it all the way out for the rest of their lives.
For many years, I have always associated protein with the consumption of meats or other animal products. Vitamins, protein and calcium were all linked to animal products. Are they myths? In my culture for the most part, food was not a consideration without an abundance of meat. A Numerous amount of our meals are planned based on the kind of meat it was being paired with alone; so you can understand why it is still difficult for my family and friends to understand the fact that an eating lifestyle where all nutrients are from plants is not persuasive enough.
LET'S LEARN A LITTLE ABOUT PROTEIN
Protein was discovered in 1839 and what was found was the fact that humans don’t need a lot of protein to have a full-filled diet. In fact protein itself takes of about 3% calories in of an overall diet meaning that you can get a sufficient amount of that from plants alone. Did you know things like rice( low protein food) is about 9% protein? This is why it is impossible to have a protein deficiency in places where there is a steady food supply. Dr. Pamela A. Popper, PHD, ND, a diet expert and founder of the wellness forum; the amount of animal protein we eat is a problem because we are displacing plant protein she said "the amount of protein servings in one meal is bizarre compared to other parts of the world."Dr. Michael Greger a physician, nutrition expert and author, (Founder of NutritionFacts.org) Says “ it is impossible to design a protein deficiency diet surrounding with whole plant foods” meaning if we have access to whole food on a regular basis it is impossible. According to Dr. John A. McDougall, MD (physician, nutrition expert and author of“The Starch Solution), there have never been a protein deficiency in the world literature on any natural diet that is complete of all the sufficient calories.
WHERE EXACTLY DID WE LEARN THIS INFORMATION FROM?
I know many of you are wondering, so why is this information everywhere? It must be true because we have been hearing the same exact message for years or for as long as you remember and over time after were are consistently fed the same information we start to believe that it’s true. I am here to tell you that it is all marketing. How we feel about almost everything in life isn’t controlled by us, we are marketed to believe what we believe to be true. What stupendous companies do, is pay big marketing companies to convey a message and build relationship with a target audience ,you, me, for the exchange for revenue. I want you think about your last purchase, and I also want you think about why you made that purchase. I have studied marketing for 3 years so I am well informed on how this game works. Do you believe that protein companies care so much a protein deficiency or that milk companies care about osteoporosis? I guaranteed not. Why is it that in the USA, the highest milk consumption country but yet also the highest rate of Osteoporosis? If it’s not brilliant marketing then what is it? According to recent studies, 71% of Americans use milk products and diary as an high protein source.
"There is an appropriate diet for humans… low in processed food, avoid anything in a package"
Changing the perception of food, is changing the way we choose to nourish our bodies as a whole. It is as simple as waking up every morning and thinking that bacon and eggs is the ideal breakfast or eating a slice of cake without a concern but then question the amount of sugar in a banana. Changing the perception of food means to think outside that limited box and change what you have been doing for years that obviously isn't working. Changing the perception of food is knowing that you can not get diabetes by eating large amounts of fruits and vegetables and understanding that all sugars are not created equal. All fats are not created equal.You must understand that I have no problem with protein from animal products because as with everything in life it is all about balance. An abundance of anything is what causes illnesses, so let's find the right balance. Changing the perception of food is understanding, although exercise is important no amounts of hours spend in the gym resort or equal to health while eating unhealthy processed foods. Changing your perception of food starts in our kitchen.
I want you to think about your habits and the why you do things you do.
Changing the Perception of food is more than just juicing, but the decision we make each day in relation to food and nourishment. You see I have studied nutrition not because I had to but because it's my truest passion.
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