I met with a nutrition client this week and our main discussion was gut issues, as in, she has Major Bloat every day, has for years, and it’s affecting her life. Not a surprise, Bloat is epidemic; these outward symptoms ( bloat, skin problems, heart burn, allergies, etc) are SIGNALS from our body that “all is not well” inside. Everyone, listen to your body when it talks to you – seriously, it’s important.
The average disease, from cancer to diabetes to heart disease to an auto-immune condition, takes about 20 years to manifest. Usually, those 20 years are spent taking either OTC medications to suppress the symptoms, or prescribed medications to suppress the symptoms. Taking medications for your symptoms allows the REASON for the symptoms to continue on quietly, plus, you get to accumulate all those medication side effects ( for example, Tylenol – #1 cause of liver failure in the US) Don’t let that be you; the temptation to quickly suppress symptoms so you can continue unbothered is very strong, but the end result of that is never good.
Back to Tina. This case was easy, she’s a new client, just diving into Real Whole Foods, and she eats a lot of “bars”. Oh, the lure of the Bar….. I’ve been there. Sometimes I still miss my bars…. even though they made my stomach bloat to about a 5 / 6 month pregnant roundness every afternoon. Actually, that was the bars plus the whole box of Kashi I used to eat in 2 days. In addition to the Bloat, was excessive farting – which never happens any more Thank God! ( my family Thanks God too.)
I keep digressing, bars bars bars. Bars have an undeserved healthy reputation, after all, the weight lifting/fitness industry created them. Zero Carbs, or Zero Fat, Tastes Like A Snickers!!!! What’s not to love? The ingredients – pure poison!
Here’s some of the ingredients for a Carmel Nut Blast Balance Bar: soy protein isolate, fructose, glucose syrup, sugar,fractionated palm kernel oil, maltodextrin, soy lecithin, carrageenan, artificial colors, artificial flavors, glycerine, soybean oil, and dextrose. After that there’s a whole slew of synthetic vitamins made in China. Sound like a solid food for building a healthy body? Not. Something to pack in your kid’s lunch box so that their brain will focus well? This is “anti-brain function” food!
What about the Doctors Carb Rite Bar, it has the word Doctors in it, so maybe it’s good? Nope. Here’s some of the ingredients: isolated soy protein, maltitol ( several times), sugar free white coating, hydrogenated palm kernel oil, maltitol syrup, polydextrose, lecithin, natural flavors, and glycerine. Bring on the Bloat.
Let me finish with Quaker Oats Granola Bites, Chocolate Flavor: WHOLE GRAIN ROLLED OATS, WHOLE GRAIN PUFFED CEREAL (WHOLE GRAIN WHITE CORN, WHOLE GRAIN OAT FLOUR, WHOLE WHEAT FLOUR, WHOLE GRAIN BROWN RICE FLOUR, SUGAR, CALCIUM CARBONATE, SALT, BHT [A PRESERVATIVE]), SUGAR, PARTIALLY HYDROGENATED PALM KERNEL AND PALM OIL*, NONFAT DRY MILK, HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP, POLYDEXTROSE, SOYBEAN OIL, DRIED WHOLE MILK, SOY LECITHIN, COCOA, COCOA PROCESSED WITH ALKALI, MOLASSES, HONEY, SODIUM BICARBONATE, NATURAL AND ARTIFICIAL FLAVORS. This is gross, just like the first two. They’re all candy bars loaded with artificial and real sugars, grains, and chemicals. I made this the “ugly” bar because it’s so obviously marketed to kids, so this isn’t just a “diet” gimmick, this bar is supposed to make you believe it tastes like candy but actually has health benefits for your child; in other words, feel good about letting them eat this. Oh please.
They’re all created in labs by brilliant food scientists who want to addict us, and advertised by brilliant marketing executives who know how to appeal to us. These fake foods will always cause harm and disease for our body, always.
What to do? Eat Real Whole Foods. Need something fast for your kids? Buy nuts, dried fruit, and dark chocolate chips in the bulk bins and throw together your own mixes. Make a big batch of homemade cookies or bars, cut up, baggy up, and freeze. Fruit/celery and nut butters; meat and cheese. ( It’s not complicated, just a different way of thinking.) Are there any good bars on the shelves? Oh yeah! Read the labels and find ingredient lists that contain ONLY Real Whole Foods, like nuts and seeds. If there’s words you can’t pronounce, don’t buy it. Plan, shop, cook, and pack. You can do this, honest.
On a different note, I get asked about my morning smoothies a lot, so I’m going to post them for the next couple of weeks. Here’s this mornings: Raw Milk Keifer, chia seeds, frozen avocado, frozen banana, frozen chard/dandelion greens, carob powder, raw egg, gelatin ( Great Lakes brand), spirulina, ginger, nutmeg, and coconut flakes, and *** something new I just learned last night is great for the liver: carrot seed oil!! Have I told you I’m really into Essential Oils? I’ve been using the Carrot Seed Oil ( along with several others) on my face…wrinkle prevention. This morning, it’s in our smoothies.
Hey, don’t forget, guest post by Mark coming this Sunday. He’s turning 50 on Saturday, and he’s promised me he’d write a post on how to stay fit, energetic, and full of Testosterone despite 80 hour work weeks and long commutes. And being old enough to get an AARP card!