“Sugar is the cocaine of the food industry.” – Hungry for Change
Many people eat too much sugar, too much salt and too much food. There are plenty of food choices, but people often make choices to eat food with little nutritional value. Now a majority of Americans are overfed and undernourished. Even if you exercise all the time, that’s not license to eat whatever you want. The truth is what you eat is critical to maintaining your health.
If you are interested in putting more thought into this subject, I recommend you watch the movie, Hungry for Change (same makers of the film Food Matters) to better understand the truth behind the phrase, “You are what you eat.” The movie shows poignantly how poor diets make your energy levels plummet, stress levels increase and your overall health nose dive. Hungry for Change shows how you can significantly change your health, your weight and the quality of your skin and life with the food you eat. We tend to cure our ailments with pills and medication while the answer may be in changing the way we eat. Food nourishes and heals. The film resonates with me because it encourages people to eat whole, fresh foods, something I advocate to my clients and readers all the time.
Here are some of the takeaways from the movie, but you should still watch it for yourself!
Diets don’t work. Diets are temporary. Often they eliminate an essential food group. Even the first three letters of the word diet spell “die”!!! I tell my clients to rearrange those four letters and “edit” what they eat instead. According to the movie, one third of all women and one fourth of all men are on diets. Oftentimes people who go on diets gain all the weight they lost back and then some. The reason is because they think they are “on” something temporary and then they resort to old habits when they are “off” of a diet. And so many diets just aren’t healthy for your body or mind. By eating “diet foods” we are chronically starved of nutrients so we keep craving more calories, eventually gaining more weight and feeling bad about ourselves. Aim to eat for health instead. It’s a permanent way to live. Diets create a feeling of “I can’t have,” which makes you want it more. Instead, change your thinking to I can have it, but I don’t want it. By choosing real foods and eliminating the over processed and sugary foods, you can lose weight, heal illness and literally change your life.
People consume too much sugar. “Fat doesn’t make you fat. Sugar does.”– Hungry for Change.
People are now consuming 150 pounds of sugar and sweeteners per year because it’s in everything. And that translates to 22 teaspoons per day. Sugar and high fructose corn syrup are found in everything, even foods you might not suspect if you aren’t glancing at the ingredient labels. Our desire for convenience foods and fast foods has created a diet-laced in sugar. In addition, if you are avoiding sugar and instead consuming large quantities of artificial sweeteners, you may be no better off. There might be zero calories in your diet soda, but it can lead to weight gain because you will be craving carbs. Plus, aspartame has been found to cause cognitive problems and a slew of other side effects.
Related: How to Read Nutrition Labels
Sitting too much is dangerous.“Our bodies aren’t meant to sit at desks all day long under fluorescent lighting, eating processed junk food.” – Hungry for Change.
Whether you are stuck in a long commute or stuck in a cubicle, find ways to move more. Carpool to give yourself a break from the stress of traffic and get some sunshine once in a while if you are stuck in the office too long. Get up during the workday at least once every hour to move around.
Move away from processed foods and toward whole foods. As the movie contends and as I always say, we need to eat more foods that come from plants, animals and trees. According to the movie, people who live in hunter/gatherer type countries, have high nutrition and low calorie consumption, while Americans have the opposite, low nutrition and high calories. Eat less bread, pasta, cereal, pancakes, cookies and muffins. Eat a diet high in plant foods. Eat more: green vegetables, green leafy vegetables, raw and organic foods. Eat healthy fats, sea plants, fruits and drink enough water. Consider a juicer to help get eight servings of veggies and fruits a day. Focus on getting more veggies first, and then fruits.
Evaluate your food. Hungry for Change puts it like this. Ask yourself these three questions:
- Where does my food come from?
- What went into it?
- Does it support me?
Ultimately, your health is about loving yourself. “Whatever you hold in your mind on a consistent basis is what you experience in your life.” – Tony Robbins.
Look into the mirror and repeat two times per day: “I love myself unconditionally right now.” Sometimes change takes time, but if you do this repeatedly, twice a day, you will begin to support that person in the mirror and treat yourself in a way you always have known you should. As the movie says, “Wouldn’t it be great if we could have a rampant epidemic of self-love?” When you realize you are precious, you take care of yourself.
“The body only wants to heal.” – Hungry for Change