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So it’s 2015 at last.
It means you’ve survived the stress of the holidays and everything they entail: spending loads of money, rushing everywhere you go…and maybe putting on a few pounds in all the hustle and bustle.
It’s not at all surprising that after all the fattening treats of the holidays, the most common New Year’s resolution would be dropping a few pounds. The New Year begins and suddenly every gym around is bursting at the seams. Soon you’re in the mix: counting calories in and calories out, becoming besties with your elliptical, and giving a big fat “NO” to all the foods you’ve come to love in a determined bid to finally see a slimmer waistline.
Let’s consider: what if you’re just plain and simply starting out with the wrong mindset? All of that determination to purge the bad, fatty foods from your lifestyle seems motivating and productive. But how sustainable is it? What happens after the time of for New Year’s resolutions has passed, and you’re back to your regular, every-day life? If you lose the pounds, what happens then?
Take a moment to think about some of your favorite foods. Could you perfectly reproduce them at home from scratch? Or would you need your very own chemistry set? Are the ingredients simple? Or are those ingredients themselves so complex that it would take a house-call from Dr. Frankenstein to bring them to life in your own kitchen?
The truth is that a lot of today’s foods really are monstrous enough to pass as one of Frankenstein’s creations. If you’ve read our blog post about enzymes, you know that most of the food available to us doesn’t have the enzymes necessary to allow our bodies to utilize nutrients, even if the food has plenty of them. Maybe they even have artificial sweeteners, some of which are known cancer-causers. These are only two examples on a list so long Rapunzel’s hair would be jealous. In fact, we now know that populations that consume highly processed foods suffer invariably from obesity, cancer, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease. And almost every occurrence of these diseases (with the exception of cancer, at 33%) can be linked to regular consumption of these ubiquitous, edible monsters, and they’re seriously out for blood: four of America’s top killers are diseases brought on by a processed-food diet.
With everything that’s happened to our food over the past few decades, it seems fitting to put it all on the chopping block to lose those extra pounds. You can imagine yourself replacing that mini bag of Doritos with a zip lock full of fresh cucumbers and celery sticks…and it truly is a good idea.
But the next question is this: why on earth should it be temporary?
We think of the word “diet,” and a brief intervention comes to mind—a temporary venture into a changed lifestyle to achieve a very specific result: being twenty, thirty, forty pounds thinner. But the word doesn’t need to have that implication of something fleeting, and neither does the practice. Once that extra weight is lost, and you’re feeling like you’re at the top of your game, why should the healthy practices stop? Why should feeding our bodies correctly be a brief venture into self-discipline and will-power?
Time to re-evaluate.
Heading into 2015, think about your food differently. Should your favorite food really be your favorite food? How is it treating your body, and does it fall into the category of something prepared by chemists instead of cooks?
Here’s the thing: tossing all of those monster foods out of your home and into the nearest Arctic wasteland can mean a near-complete reversal of the damage already done. Studies show that people who only moderately reduced their intake of processed foods decreased their chances of the resulting diseases quite drastically—by eighty percent for heart disease, and ninety for type 2 diabetes.
Extend your resolutions. Re-evaluate your food, because when you’re eating simply, that thinner waistline will come—and you’ll be waving an enthusiastic and permanent ‘sayonara’ to a host of the biggest health problems America has to offer.
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