Oh my god…..is that food?
Let’s be honest, if your great grandmother was still alive and walked into her local supermarket she would be horrified at what we now class as normal everyday food. Our supermarket shelves are full of highly processed packaged food loaded with SUGAR, fat, salt, additives, preservatives and many other things that our bodily systems have to deal with on a daily basis. So it comes as no surprise that our world population is becoming more obese and more affected by lifestyle diseases, such as type 2 diabetes and some forms of cancer, by the day.
The Glycemic Index (the GI is a number linked with a certain type of food that indicates that foods effect on a person’s blood sugar levels) seems to be used frequently as a good guide to a foods health benefits. I believe when choosing food a better guide to that foods health benefits may be the HI (Human Interference – the more that humans have interfered with that food the less benefit it has in our bodies)
Choose Foods That Still Look Like When They Were Grown
The more food you can eat that resembles something like when it was grown the better. The best nutrient rich foods are the ones that are grown in our gardens and fields. They have not been interfered with by humans adding, preserving and flavouring the goodness out of them to make them more addictive to our fast, easy society.
With our lives being so busy in this fast paced world the big food companies are having a feast marketing quick, easy and supposedly healthy options that look nothing like when they were grown and are loaded with processed sugar and other addictive nasties that are causing lifestyle diseases to rise at alarming rates.
In his documentary “Sugar Rush”, Jamie Oliver quoted research that there are over 7,000 lower limb amputations per year in the UK alone. This figure is possibly far worse in some other countries. This catastrophic number is being fueled by a food industry hell bent on adding sugar to as many products as possible to make them more palatable and addictive to the consumer. It’s a viscous circle because as the sugar we consume in our everyday diet increases, our bodies tolerance and need for sugar also increases and therefore subconsciously we will default to sugar rich foods whether we realise it or not.
So as a consumer we need to be more conscious of the dodgy tactics employed by the big food companies and become more aware of the sugar levels in the food we consume. If you can lower your sugar intake and reduce your bodies’ tolerance to processed sugars it will more than likely have a positive effect on your weight and health in general.
Food is not the only problem in this high sugar dilemma. Sugar laden drinks are being consumed at dangerous levels in a lot of societies which is a huge factor in the obesity epidemic and also causing major challenges to the dental industry with rising occurrence of tooth decay and gum disease in children as well as adults.
The Diet Dilemma
There is so much information circulating about the benefits of particular diets from Paleo to Mediterranean, from Low Carbohydrate to High Protein, that it is confusing sorting the good information from the bad. While diets can be effective in initial weight loss, in my experience nearly all diets have one common fault. The problem with most diets are they are not sustainable for the rest of your life and therefore when the diet ends most people return to their normal eating pattern which in turn returns them to their pre diet weight, or even worse they end up heavier than when the diet began.
The word DIET is not one I like to use. I would prefer people develop an eating pattern based around real food that is sustainable until the day they leave this big blue planet. The idea is that if your current normal eating pattern is not right for you, your body type, or your weight loss goals then you need to change your NORMAL to a healthier version including more real foods that will sustain your body in a healthy state for the rest of your life. No diets, no confusion, just a normal healthy eating pattern consisting mainly of REAL FOOD.
What Is The Answer?
Eating and choosing real food should not be a complex thing. I don’t believe we were put on this planet to count calories and stress about diet. I do believe we were meant to live off the foods that our earth provides in their simplest forms. Not processed and in packets!