The standard American diet is synonymous with overly processed, high salt, fatty foods. When you start focusing on eating real food, as it’s found in nature, you’re automatically cutting out a lot of metabolism-busting nutrients and adding back in the nourishing factors like vitamins, minerals, fiber, and heart healthy fats.
If you can’t picture the food you’re eating growing on a tree (there’s no such thing as a candy bar tree, sorry) or coming from an animal, it’s technically not a real food as nature intended us to eat. Sure, the foods you eat could have originated as a plant, but then they are processed beyond recognition into a non-real food, like a potato that becomes potato chips or French fries. Your body simply doesn’t recognize these man-made, artificial products in the same way it recognizes real food and it responds in ways that can be harm-ful to your health.
It’s important that when you pick up a product, you read the ingredients label. If there are more than five ingredients and you can’t pronounce half of them, that’s a cue that what lies within isn’t a real food. Also stay away from these additives: Trans fats. A man-made fat created by hydrogenating oils so that they’re solid at room temperature, trans fats are found in fried foods, commercial baked goods, and many processed snack foods. Trans fats have been shown to increase cholesterol levels and risk for heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes.
Sodium nitrate. Nitrates can be toxic to our bodies. They’re found in many processed meats such as hot dogs, bacon, deli meats, and smoked fish. Refined sugar. Eat too much refined sugar found in white breads, sugar cereals, candy, and soda, and your body converts the excess into triglycerides, increasing your risk for heart disease. Food coloring: Added to make foods look brighter and more appealing to eat, food colorings like Blue 1 and 2, Red 3, Green 3, and Yellow 5 and 6 have been linked to behavioral problems in children, allergic reactions, and cancer. Cook at home. To be 100 percent sure of the food you’re eating, start prepping meals at home.
Until tomorrow: The artist must bow to the monster of his own imagination.