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.