A Natural Approach to Health, with Rhonda Nolan, NTP

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Do As I Say, Not As I Just Did!

Do you ever really think about the foods you eat?  I mean seriously, the source of the food; where it was grown, how it was handled from the ground to your table?

Recently I gave a talk about GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms).  While researching for the talk, I was amazed at how many foods have been tampered with – even long before they are planted.  I was even more amazed at the long, long, and I mean really long list of foods and non-foods (prescription drugs, etc) that have GMOs in them.  Hidden.  Not labeled. Consumed unbeknownst to the consumer.

Another recent discovery I found was about the salt we use daily.  Additives like aluminum (for anti-caking). Even many of the sea salts are contaminated with lead!

What about the all pervasive BPA?  Not just in plastic water bottles, but also in the lining of canned foods. Now they’re even telling us BPA is on cash register receipts, contaminating paper money when we stash the receipt in our wallets. (In case you’re wondering BPA is a major endocrine disruptor).

And then there are laboratory creations to “improve” on the real thing. Chlorine (uh folks, that’s bleach!) added to create a low sugar sweetener (Splenda).  Approximately 90% of vegetable oils (corn, canola, cottonseed, soy) are Genetically Modified.  Then advertised and sold as “healthy”.  Partially hydrogenated oils (see GMO oils listed in previous sentence) are used to create fake butter, most often called margarine (gives new meaning to “it’s not nice to fool Mother Nature”).

Oh, and don’t forget all the un-pronounceable ingredients in packaged, processed and frozen foods. Yes, even the ones that are promoted as “healthy”.

Personally, the more I know about the contamination of mass produced and highly processed FrankenFood, the more I want to strive to eat pure foods.  Organic foods.  Foods my great grandma served her family.

Lest you think I’m a food purist, let me just clear up that misconception.

As a matter of fact, I’ve been known on occasion to eat something questionable. And I mean really questionable.  Not often.  But, I knowingly eat something I have absolutely no business eating.  Later, the Nutritional Therapist in me gets curious about what exactly I just ate.  So sheepishly I take a look at the ingredient label.  Uh oh.  Not good.  Not good at all!

Let me guess – you can relate right?

The good news . . . an occasional splurge most likely won’t do permanent damage.

The bad news . . . You can’t lie to your body.  What do you mean “it’s questionable?”  It’s poison!   And your body may just take revenge on you; upset tummy, migraine headache, or other unmentionable miserable symptoms.

Know something else about your body?  It may forgive, but it sure doesn’t forget.

Do yourself a favor; heed the warning bells.  Learn your lesson. I mean, how many times does your body need to remind you?  I guess some of us need to be reminded more than a few times.

Or to put it bluntly – do as I say, not as I just did. Twice last month.

Let’s eat real foods that nourish our bodies.  Include some raw foods daily, preferably organic.  Ever try cultured veggies?  They are live with enzymes and beneficial bacteria (probiotic foods) that help with digestion and assimilation of your foods. They also add complex flavors and pizzazz.  Consume nourishing foods, protecting foods.  Your body thanks you.

Eating and Living Right

Eating and Living Right is a Process . . .

It is NOT All or Nothing

I don’t know about you, but sometimes I can fall into the trap of “all or nothing”. Whether it is an exercise commitment, eating more veggies every day, cutting out the dessert. Whatever it is I set out to do, my plan is executed with great enthusiasm. I carry it out for days, weeks, months. I feel good about myself. Then something happens that gets me off track. With the occasional slip, I usually bounce back fairly quickly.

However, sometimes I fall prey to believing the lie I tell myself – what I call “The Excuse”. It’s usually a wimpy excuse; it’s too hot to cook, there’s company coming, it’s Thanksgiving, it’s Christmas, I’m too busy. That “fill-in-the-blank” excuse could be practically anything. And it doesn’t seem to take much sometimes to fool myself into believing the lie. (You’d think I would have learned this by now!)

Oh, having an excuse to loosen up a bit, in and of itself, isn’t really the issue here. What’s life it I can’t let my hair down once in awhile? No, my problem with this is that it’s very easy to allow “The Excuse” to linger far longer than it should. And that’s a classic case of the all-or-nothing mentality.

So instead of beating myself up when occasionally ”The Excuse” goes on for weeks, I need to remind myself that I am human. Humans slip up now and then. But that doesn’t define me! Neither does it define you!

Eating and living right really is a life long process. When what we do 80% of the time is right, then we shouldn’t allow the 20% to become a stressor! In fact, if we “plan” to relax with our diet for a weekend, or a week, or a holiday, we should enjoy every morsel of food that we are indulging it. Then stop lying to ourselves; it’s not all-or-nothing, it’s really about the process of living, loving (including ourselves) and enjoying life.