Today my passionate plea to you is to GET REAL, meaning stop eating processed foods and eat real foods instead!
After all, the first directive of our mantra “ENJOY” is to Eat Real Food!
So, why the sense of urgency here? Because recent reports are telling us that a whopping 61% of the calories consumed in the US are not just processed, but ultra-processed!
Ultra-processed foods in no way resemble real food; they are nothing more than various chemicals combined with things chemically extracted from real food. Ultra-processed foods are notoriously high in salt, sugar, unhealthy fats, refined carbs, and chemical additives – the very things that makes us sick and kill us before our time–and that are notoriously low in nutrients, fiber and phytochemicals, the compounds that allow us to thrive and heal.
What’s more (and not surprising), the list of modern day maladies now tied to consuming processed foods includes: food addiction, weight gain (especially in the belly), heart disease, obesity, dysbiosis (disruption in healthy gut bacteria), high cholesterol, high blood pressure, some cancers, mental illness, brain inflammation, and death from all-causes.
Thus, I cannot stress enough how vital it is to focus on whole, real foods as the pillar of your and your family’s diet. Based on thousands of published studies, we can say with certainty that the two essential features in the healthiest diets are:
I’m so passionate about getting the word out on the perils of processed foods that I have prepared a free mini e-course on the topic. Click here to join! You can view it in just 15-minutes.
And of course, pass this message and this free e-course on to your friends and loved ones, because one of the greatest gifts we can give is the gift of better health. Thank you!