The food industry is a highly competitive multi-billion dollar machine that’s bombarding us with messages showing beautiful, happy, skinny people eating junk food. The subliminal message is: If you want to be like them, eat this.
In the 1700’s we consumed about 4 lbs of sugar per person per year. That number jumped to 18 lbs in the 1800’s. Today it’s over 100 lbs! Sweet drinks and processed food are the major culprits…sugar (corn syrup, fructose, brown rice syrup, etc…) is hidden everywhere and it’s killing us. But, that’s okay because it’s great for corporate profits. We’re being manipulated.
You don’t have to fall in line. You can fight back and take control of your health. A great way to get started is to focus on the quality of your diet by taking a clean eating challenge for two weeks. It’s enough time to feel a change and enough time to examine your current habits.
1. No added sugar
2. No gluten
3. No processed foods
4. No dairy
5. No artificial sweeteners
What does that leave? Lean meats, chicken, fish, eggs, vegetables, fruit, potatoes & yams, brown rice, quinoa, nuts (except peanuts), beans, tea, stevia, and water…lots of water (64 oz/day).
I’ve just finished two weeks of clean eating and I’m amazed by a couple of things: First, my teeth are always clean. I feel like I just left the dentist’s office. And second, I’m sleeping more soundly. I also noticed that I was losing weight, not good for me so I countered by increasing my nut consumption (almond butter on apples is awesome). If you’re trying to lose a few pounds, skip the nuts and it will fall off of you.
In spite of the inconveniences (not having desert with my friends), I’ve liked it so much that I’m doing two more weeks. Why not do them with me? Your worth it.