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Processed Foods Linked to Autoimmune Disease

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The China Study

The China Study (Photo credit: Earthworm)

Eating a plant-based diet and avoiding processed foods helps avoid autoimmune disease. Vegans have known this for a long time. It’s a very powerful combination. Plant-based foods provides our bodies with the nutrients it needs to be healthy just like good gas helps keep our cars running properly. Processed foods use unhealthy techniques to prepare the food and preserve it. These foods can lead to autoimmune disease. Avoiding them and eating more plant-based foods will lower your risk of autoimmune drastically. Help your body keep you healthy! The book, “The China Study” got it right. If you haven’t read this yet, READ IT!

How do you fare on healthy a food diet?

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What is healthy food these days? If you listen to commercials, it’s everyone’s product. We know that isn’t true don’t we? The solution is to STOP watching commercials! They are designed to lie or at least manipulate the truth to sell you a product. We should be eating mostly what God or nature made not what man makes for a profit. Here are some tips even for non vegetarians:

  1. Meat should be the smallest portion on your plate not more than once per day
  2. Substitute fish for meat. Tuna looks and tastes like a steak
  3. Substitute veggie burgers for hamburgers. There are a large variety of veggie burgers out there. Try them and choose one you really like. Load it up with tomato, onion, lettuce but avoid ketchup (it’s high in sugars)
  4. Try veggie hot dogs. Whole Foods has some great ones that you can’t tell from meat versions.
  5. Vegetables should be a large portion not with butter or salad dressing and slightly cooked so they are crunchy
  6. Fruits should be eaten often as a snack or breakfast
  7. Nuts and seeds are very good for you, mix up the types but avoid peanuts
  8. Avoid bread but if you do eat it then buy artesian type multi grain
  9. Avoid desserts at all costs eat fruit
  10. Don’t eat a lot of potatoes or corn
  11. Mix up your vegetables and fruits. Try new ones. Pick from a wide variety of colors.
  12. If you must eat dessert choose something not very sweet or make bananas in a blender with ice until it is ice cream consistency. It is sweet and delicious but it contains only fruit and water
  13. Don’t over eat! Eat 5 small (very small) meals instead of 3 larger ones
  14. Limit alcohol to one glass of wine a day
  15. DO NOT EAT FRIED FOODS
  16. DO NOT EAT FAST FOOD
  17. DO NOT EAT MOSTLY PROCESSED FOODS FROM A CAN, BOX or FROZEN PACKAGE
  18. DO NOT EAT SAMPLES AT SUPERMARKETS
  19. DO NOT EAT OUT OF A LARGE BAG OR CONTAINER! YOU WON’T BE ABLE TO STOP

 

English: Veggie burger eating competition, Slo...

English: Veggie burger eating competition, Slovakia. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

How Hard is it to Eat a Healthy Diet?

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Lucky sugar

Lucky sugar (Photo credit: waɪ.tiː)

Diet means something different to everyone. Your idea of a healthy diet may be totally different from mine. TV commercials constantly tell us something is bad for us and then it’s good for us. Coffee is a good example of this. We have so many different interest groups and testing healthy eating is difficult to interpret. The sugar industry wants us to believe all sugars are the same. They are not! Some sugars (like cake and candy) rush into our bodies, overwhelm us and can lead to diabetes. Others sugars like in fruits are mixed with fiber which causes them to be introduced at a very slow rate. Are bodies are use to this type of sugar. We are marketed to eat only processed foods. Why, because there’s a lot of money to be made there. Processed foods loose natural ingredients and have bad elements added for taste or to preserve the food. The only real natural way to eat is the way Mr. & Mrs. Caveman ate. They ate no processed foods. They ate a lot of nuts, fruits and vegetables because they were relatively easy to find and didn’t fight back. Meat was occasional since we probably got eaten more than we ate other animals. How do you eat? Are you really eating healthy?

Mountains of Salt Everywhere

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WebMD talks about Americans eating too much salt. It is NOT the salt shaker that gives us too much sodium (salt). It comes from other non-natural sources like processed foods. Most foods in boxes, cans, bags, etc contain salt and sugar. They usually have the natural fibers removed by the processing. Why do we eat these foods? We believe that cooking takes too long but that isn’t true. We can cook meals much quicker than running to a fast food restaurant. We can cook meals from fresh raw ingredients in about the same time as from a box, bag or can. If we eat some meals as raw foods, as we should, there is no cooking time. Our health is faltering because of the increased salt. Remember the big 3 no nos to good health: 1) Reduce salt intake, Reduce sugar intake and 3) reduce saturated fat intake (animal-based foods). Low fat, low sodium, low anything means the addition of something else like sugars. Eat what nature gave us, it has been at it a lot longer than man.

Salt, Salt … Too Much Salt

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Table salt (NaCl) crystal

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WebMD recently said Americans eat way too much salt. Our excessive salt is not coming from the salt shakers. About 75% of our salt intake comes from commercial foods. We are eating too much processed foods and it’s killing us. Excessive salt is linked to high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke. This 75% intake of salt doesn’t even add flavor to the foods it’s in. It is mainly a preservative. Many people then add more salt on top of it for flavor. Eating real food, not from a box, bag or can, is healthy and adding a little salt for flavor is fine. Watch the hidden salts. They are lurking in the shadows everywhere.