What You’re Really Eating (this is kinda gross)

WARNING: THIS IS GROSS, BUT YOU NEED TO KNOW IT.

Before the first detox in September I told you about pink slime; the unsightly chunks of sinew, cartilage, bone, fascia and other musculoskeletal system innards that are tossed into a centrifuge and end up in YOUR food.

Many people after learning about the pink slime swore off beef.fear

But it’s not that easy.

You see there is PLENTY of gross stuff in all kinds of processed foods.

For instance:

Flame Retardant–Laced Soda -The toxic flame retardant chemical brominated vegetable oil, or BVO, was initially used to keep plastics from catching on fire.

Scientists have linked too much BVO to bromide poisoning symptoms like skin lesions, memory loss, and nerve disorders.

For decades, the food industry has been adding it to certain sodas, juices, and sports drinks to keep the artificial flavoring chemicals from separating from the rest of the liquids.

Paint Chemical in Salad Dressing -Titanium dioxide is a component of the metallic element titanium, a mined substance that is sometimes contaminated with toxic lead.

The food industry adds it to hundreds of products to make dingy, overly processed items appear whiter.

Commonly used in paints and sunscreens, big food corporations add it to lots of things we eat too, including processed salad dressing, coffee creamers, and icing. [Read more…]

What Your Typical Diet Is Doing To You

I hear this all the time: I can’t afford to eat “super-healthy” foods. Does it really make that big of a difference?

My usual reply: sure cheap white bread, big boxes of cereal and gallons of milk are pretty cheap but you’re going to pay for it later with your health.

The truth is that the average North American diet is a breeding ground for health issues and diseases.

I pulled this right from ajc.nutrition. org it states: In the United States, chronic illnesses and health problems either wholly or partially attributable to diet represent by far the most serious threat to public health:

-Sixty-five percent of adults aged ≥20 y in the United States are either overweight or obese
-More than 64 million Americans have one or more types of cardiovascular disease
-Fifty million Americans are hypertensive
-11 million have type 2 diabetes
-37 million adults maintain high-risk total cholesterol concentrations
-In postmenopausal women aged ≥50 y, 39.6% have osteopenia
-Cancer is the second leading cause of death (25% of all deaths) in the United States, and an estimated one-third of all cancer deaths are due to nutritional factors,
including obesity.

There is no mistaking, the average diet is truly detrimental.

Not to be a Debbie Downer but here are some more health issues linked to the typical North American diet: [Read more…]

What You Need to Know About Pink Slime

WARNING:  THIS IS GROSS, BUT YOU NEED TO KNOW IT.

Pink slime is not a theory or possibility; it’s a fact. There is a picture below that I’m sure you’ve seen. But read on to see how that comes about…..it’s not pretty and may change the way you see some of the foods you eat.

You as the consumer have a right to know the facts behind what goes into your body.

Maybe you figure that what you don’t know won’t hurt you, but once you know what pink slime actually is, you may think otherwise… [Read more…]

7 Ways To Crave Less Sugar

If I were to award a single food item with the title of ‘Fastest Way To Pack On The Pounds’, hands down the winner would be refined sugar.

And its no surprise that we are eating more and more of it. It’s crazy!

Back in 1822 the average person ate only 6.3 lbs of sugar per year, compared to 130 lbs of sugar in 2012. No wonder we are bigger than ever…

But even those of you that would not classify yourself as a “sweets eater” are in trouble cause refined sugar in some form is included in virtually EVERY SINGLE processed food.

So those seemingly healthy crackers…flip over the label you’ll find sugar. Salad dressing….sugar. You name it, sugar!

If you eat processed foods you are taking in more sugar than you think. This is yet another reason that it’s important to cut those processed and packaged convenience foods out of your diet.

Cutting sugar from your diet and detoxing in general is easier said than done.

Once it is a part of your daily diet, cravings strike, causing you to eat it even more frequently. But there is hope. [Read more…]

The BEST Detox Plan

Back to school time is just about as popular as new years for getting a fresh start on your exercise and nutrition.

I keep seeing all kinds of juicing and “detox” post on facebook and I have to tell you that I am not a huge fan of the typical juice and detox plans I see floating around.

Most equal nothing more than a prolonged laxative effect. Meaning you feel “cleansed” but really it’s not TRULY cleaning you out.
[Read more…]