Archive for March, 2010

Conspiracy Theory
March 23, 2010

What has happened to us? The majority of consumers seem to be determined to find foods that are easier and quicker to cook. Your next meal is just a poke, rip, slice, shake, or nuke away from being served in record time. What would we do if ever we lost our scissors or can opener, why actually… we just might shed some unwanted fat! Unfortunately as time goes by, we acquire new gadgets that consume more and more of our time, it is then harder and harder to find the time to cook a proper meal. Yes, I will admit cooking good healthy food, and preparing it well does take more time out of your day, but it’s time well spent I must say.

It’s all just a big conspiracy; it’s not all your fault. Ever wonder why grocery stores dedicate such a large percentage of their floor space to unhealthy foods. Well besides the obvious reason, because people keep buying junk, so they keep selling junk! There is a more sinister force at work here however, the higher you go up the business ladder, the less those individuals care about their consumers’ health and well-being and the more they care about money. More and more money is spent on trying to make foods last longer on shelves and less and less attention is given to how these foods impact our health. Spoiled or overdue food means smaller profit margins; as a result they have done a great job of making food last for months on end.

So yes it would be quicker to grab something out of a box, throw it into the microwave and presto, and it almost even tastes like real food. Please, do yourself a favor and try to imagine that man fully clad in his white smock and goggles, mixing various chemical concoctions in attempt to create something that is somewhat similar to what we now view as food. As a general rule, if you can’t pronounce more than half the words labeled under the ingredients, then you might just want to put it back.

There are other options out there; you do not have to support the system. If we don’t buy it they won’t sell it, and hopefully someday soon we will have a little more healthy options to choose from. Remember, you in effect cast your vote every time one of your items passes the scanner!

“Supermarket” photo provided by Flickr user: lyzadanger

“Chemist” photo provided by Microsoft Office Online Clip Art

Does healthy = bland?
March 15, 2010

No! Healthy does not have to equal bland. Two of the biggest culprits contributing to this unfortunate misconception, are the unprecedented amounts of sugar and salt in our day to day foods. This has led us to believe that the only foods that taste good are fast foods and highly processed ones.

Foods with alarming quantities of either sugar or salt are highly addictive, and if consumed regularly can easily leave one depending on them. When it comes to salt, we Canadians even outeat our neighbors in the United States. Don’t think for one minute you can simply boycott fast food chains and live a salt free lifestyle, because it’s everywhere! Why? I’ll have to leave that answer for my next post as I don’t want to get side tracked.

In the meantime, to illustrate the difficulty we face, make sure to grab a soup can from your kitchen and read the nutritional facts on the label. One of the healthier foods you can choose from in your home, right? Well… it still remains a better choice than other highly processed foods, but just look at those sodium levels! Many canned soups will give you upto half of your recommended daily requirements of sodium, so eating more than the serving size and finishing the whole can will be your daily requirement of sodium in one sitting! For more information on this sodium epidemic, Statistics Canada has done a study on Salt Consumption.

The good news is that taste buds adapt to whatever you throw at them. For example, how many of us really liked coffee, wine, olives, oysters or fine cheese the very first time we tasted them. Most likely those foods took a little getting used to because they are an acquired taste.

Well fortunately a balanced diet is much like building up an acquired taste for unfamiliar foods. Healthy foods do require your taste buds to adapt, but you will soon love foods that you never thought you would. Believe me it gets easier with time, and you will soon see your likes and dislikes changing completely. This is great and very important to your progress, because you won’t stick to anything if you don’t like the food you’re throwing down the hatch.

*Photos provided by Microsoft Office Online Clip Art

What it takes
March 9, 2010

You must say good-bye to the present you, and be prepared to enter into new territory. This is the start of a brand new person; a completely new, balanced life will not only change the food you eat, but also your likes and dislikes, habits, goals, and interests. If you are not quite ready to let go of your current lifestyle and the foods that go with it, you will never succeed! In fact you will be stuck in a never-ending battle against fat, a lifetime of disappointment.

*Photo provided by Microsoft Office Online Clip Art

**Photo modified by Stew-Art-Prints

It’s time… Give Up the Wheel
March 2, 2010

Maybe it’s time that you swallow your pride, pull over to the side of the road and let someone else drive. Why? Lets be honest, YOU’RE LOST!

Being you and doing things your way has gotten you to where you are now. How’s that working for you? Are you happy with the results of your decision making? If not, then maybe it’s time to let someone else take the wheel.

*Photos provided by Microsoft Office Online Clip Art

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