You can include, micronutrients, minerals, organics, glutens, non-glutens, whole food sweeteners and a list of options. Some options get very specific and really need intense study to make sure you are managing your chosen lifestyle properly.
Here’s a starting point.
Just say NO to corporate food!
What does that mean?
Packaged, pre-cooked, assembled elsewhere, boxed, just add water, instant, heat and serve…all code for we have left the nutrients in a drain in another city. You can eat these things, but you cannot honestly call them food. They ceased to be food long before they reached you.
Even micronutrients cannot undo the damage corporate food is doing to your body. Combining nutrients with poor quality nutrition is better than nothing, but you have to get the concept that commercial, corporate products are often just not food any longer. They do provide calories and your body does burn them, but it is low grade fuel at best.
Then factor in the hidden fructose, fats and the carcinogenic chemicals that you cannot pronounce. Eating a few greens won’t help you recover from a diet of processed, corporate food.
Restaurant eating is a little tricky. Ingredients are unknown to you, but that is no excuse for eating chemicals. Finding restaurants that use fresh ingredients is helpful. But, generally if you indulge in chain restaurant foods, even high end chains, your food was made miles away and shipped to the location nearest you. You are being filled with preservatives, chemicals, sugars and fats that you cannot identify.
Avoiding low end chains restaurants is a good start. A greasy spoon has much more chance of including some nutrient value than a low end chain. “Food” cannot be purchased for a dollar. It just doesn’t work that way. If you’ve ever been in a market, you know better than to believe you are being sold “food” for a dollar at a drive-thru. Calories, fats, preservatives and carcinogens, yes; but you are not ordering what you can consciously classify as food.
If you just can’t stop eating at your favorite location, do it knowing that you are feeding yourself and not your body in that moment. If you choose fast, chain food, knowing it is not food, you owe your body a meal.
A good trick in a restaurant is to ask a few questions. In a conventional restaurant, meaning non-chain, always ask about the salad dressings and desserts. “Which ones do you make on-site?” That question is code for….which ones will be fresh and made without chemicals or preservatives. If table mates fuss at your questions, you can say what I say…”I’m just trying to stay alive”.
If you have never experience health, it is hard to describe why you should bother. Words cannot describe the vibrancy and a clear outlook on life that a healthy body provides. It’s a small state of nirvana. Oddly enough when you reach it and feel great, you try to see how many of your old habits you can enjoy again. People fall off and get back on the ride back to health. It’s like quitting smoking; even a day of health is better than nothing.
Once you experience the vibrancy of health, you do want more. You also understand the goal in a new way. It’s impossible to tell a junk fooder that they don’t feel well because they believe they feel fine. They have no comparison and frankly, the vision takes awhile to appreciate. It’s a blind faith challenge in the beginning.
A good way to discover the feeling of vibrant health is to fast for a reasonable period of time. Get some help in finding a fast that suits you, with juices and the nutrients you need. After cleaning out the body, you begin to feel yourself recovering. When you reintroduce foods, you will be counseled to start slowly with quality foods, fruits and vegetables.
When your body is clean it is easy to feel how different foods fuel you. You will taste the sweetness of vegetables and things you never considered as sweet with the changes in your palate. Eat small amounts to truly realize how food fuels you as you reintroduce them.
You will feel the power of the first protein reintroduced into your body and how it feels to fill up on different nutrients. Inevitably an unhealthy choice will find you. If you are still extremely clean, you will feel the response, or lack of response, your body has to it. It just won’t provide you with the fuel you need. If it is sugar and white flour you will likely get to experience what it really does for you when it takes you for a high ride, only to be followed by the low.
Ultimately, we all know that we should aspire to increase health and fertilized our bodies with as many nutrients as possible. Just do one thing to begin and let the rest take shape in a journey. What you understand you will do more willingly.