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Q:  What do you think about processed foods like refined flour, pasteurized and homogenized milk, “table salt,” vegetable oils and “table” sugar? A:  Well, if you are really eating as a “Hunter/Gatherer” would, you would be eating NONE of the above! There have been a number of sayings that may have caught your attention in the past concerning WHITE bread, like: “The whiter the bread, the sooner you’re dead” or even “quick death”. But, interestingly, and more importantly, white bread isn’t the only problem. There are a number of white foods that reek havoc with your health. Foods like refined flour, pasteurized and homogenized milk, processed salt, vegetable oils, and of course sugar, can be equally as detrimental. Let’s take a look at each and see where the problems lie, and discuss what might be better choices. Problem:  Refined Flour can be found in the majority of convenience foods in America; including breads, pastries, and cereals.

Once the bran is removed from the grain the food has lost all of its nutritional value, making it an empty calorie, if not a “naked” calorie. Manufacturers commonly refer to refined flours as “bleached and enriched” and you will find this terminology listed in the ingredients of cheaper breads and baked goods. Answer:  If you want to consume bread, look for breads that are made from organic and “sprouted” grains. These breads will be much safer and actually have some nutritional value. Problem:  Pasteurized and Homogenized milk is  far from the wholesome and natural state that comes from the cow or goat. Commercialized milk should be considered a “convenience” food (not a drink and/or liquid) as it is altered as to be with limited nutritional value. Pasteurization can alter, if not destroy, beneficial enzymes, bacteria, vitamins and minerals in the milk. Homogenization so drastically changes the make-up of the milk that it can cause digestive issues.

Additionally, unless the milk says “organic” on the container, you are consuming hormones and antibiotics that are passed on by the cow or goat. Answer:  If you drink milk because you want to increase the Calcium in your diet, increase the amount of green leafy vegetables instead. These vegetables will increase your nutrient intake for the day with very few added calories and with no added sugar. If you love dairy products, find a farmer who produces milk from free range grass fed cows or goats. Make sure that there are no hormones, antibiotics or any type of pesticides being used as well. Problem:  Processed “table” salt has very little nutritional value when compared to it’s unprocessed competition. Sure, Sodium Chloride (NaCl) is Sodium Chloride (NaCl), but “Table” salt is much more than Sodium Chloride (NaCl). For example, processed “table salts” are so altered that our bodies have a difficult time ridding itself of it.

This may lead to joint issues and kidney problems. And, there is a good reason for this, “Table salt” may contain aluminum-based anti-caking agents, dextrose, silico-aluminate and sodium acetate that may cause a plethora of health issues. Answer:  Buy an unprocessed Sea Salt. It contains numerous trace minerals that are beneficial to your body. Problem:  Vegetable Oil is an oil that we consume way too much of in America. Polyunsaturated fats, including vegetable oils, are very unstable and cannot be heated, so you SHOULD NOT cook with them. Research today links heated vegetable oils with rancidity which increases the free radical make-up in the body. Margarine is a vegetable oil based product that is loaded with trans-fatty acids, making it closer to a plastic than a fat, and should be avoided completely.

Answer:  A few ways to increase your quality fat intake to is to consume organic green vegetables and non-roasted walnuts and almonds. Eggs and meat from free range chickens and animals produce an excellent source of Omega-3 Essential Fatty Acids. If cooking, use coconut oil, ghee or lard. The top mono-unsaturated oil is Extra Virgin Olive Oil, which is much better choice than Canola. Problem:  Only 100 years ago we consumed just 4 pounds of sugar a YEAR. Today, the average American consumes 150-170 pounds of sugar per YEAR! Looking at this statistic alone, it is easy to see why Americans, both adults and children alike, are struggling with obesity and adult-onset diabetes. Sugar causes numerous issues, too great to speak of today, but know this; sugar is a DRUG and a POISON.

Nothing good comes from it, NOTHING. Our ability to resist disease decreases as we continue to displace real nutrient dense foods with sugar, leaving us with a damaged metabolism. Answer:  The answer is not Artificial Sweeteners, as they could easily have been listed as a “quick death” white food product. For sugar alternatives, I suggest, Stevia, which is a beneficial sweet herb. Also, try consuming organic fruits and root vegetables, like sweet potatoes, carrots, or even beets. Proper nutrition is the primary factor when making lifestyle changes to improve your health. Reduce, if not remove, the preceding “white” foods from your diet and replace them with the “colorful” options and you will see and feel the improvement. If you really want to attain optimal wellness, we can help at The Get Healthy Club.

Where else can you afford to work with your very own personal trainer, lifestyle coach and nutritionist? Remember, your health is far more important than your fitness levels. So please… do not sabotage your health by trying to achieve your fitness goals too quickly (extreme dieting/over exercising)!

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