Wayne Dyer said in his blog post: “Change the way you look at things, and the things you look at change.” This simple observation of Dr. Dyer’s is really quite profound. I am going to use this idea as it applies to our eating habits.
Two posts that I read this week have stuck with me. My wonderful assistant, Juli, & her friends were lamenting the price of eggs. They have gone up & are expensive. The other was a comment by Samantha Adams: “My new motto is count chemicals, not calories.”
Using Dr. Dyer’s observation let’s look at the “price of eggs”. One afternoon several years ago I was buying produce at Jimbo’s when I overheard a woman complaining that a head of organic romaine lettuce was $2 & she refused to spend that much. I looked in her cart & saw 2 Green & Black organic candy bars…$3.89 a bar at that time. If we are willing to spend $4 for one candy bar then why aren’t we willing to spend money on organic produce? Today’s average price per egg is $0.22, it has 58 calories, 5 grams of fat, 6 grams of protein & NO SUGAR. The average price of a 3 ounce Snickers bar is $1.00 & it has 215 calories, 11 grams of fat, 3 grams of protein & 20 grams of SUGAR. Look in your cart & see what your Snickers is 🙂 Let’s begin our grocery shopping list with the mindset that organic produce is the healthiest food item we can eat & compare each purchase to our “Snickers”.
The Dirty Secrets of ‘Clean’ Labels Samantha Adam’s quote can be found in this very good article about the ingredients found on labels. The authors explore how & why the big corporations & the FDA have changed labeling. Why these changes? “It boils down to one thing: Consumers don’t trust companies anymore,” says Lynn Dornblaser, director of Innovation and Insight for the market research firm Mintel. Mintel recently surveyed grocery shoppers. Only 38% said they trust what companies say about their products on food labels. “That’s 62% who don’t,” she says.” Wow, 62%! This is great news. Companies are only hurt when their bottom line~$$$~is affected. Then, & only then will they make changes in our favor. This is why your buying habits matter. You vote every time an item is scanned at the checkout counter.
Again using Dr. Dyer’s observation; what are you looking at when you buy products with labels? Are you checking the Nutritional Facts Label for sugar, calories, fat or fiber? Maybe that isn’t how we should be looking at these labels.
I happen to agree with Samantha, I only look at the ingredient list. I am looking for chemicals & “things I can’t pronounce”. When I buy peanut butter I expect to see only peanuts on the ingredient list with maybe a bit of sea salt. Jiffy Creamy Peanut Butter’s ingredients: MADE FROM ROASTED PEANUTS AND SUGAR, CONTAINS 2% OR LESS OF: MOLASSES, FULLY HYDROGENATED VEGETABLE OILS (RAPESEED AND SOYBEAN), MONO AND DIGLYCERIDES, SALT. After reading this ingredient list who cares about the calories, fat & sugar content! Would you want to put all this into your body? Focus on that ingredient list. Simple is always better. Another tip is to compare the ingredients in the popular brand to the grocery stores generic brand. Generic brands are cleaner; fewer preservatives & chemicals.
What is clean eating? Clean Eating — Why You Should Be Doing It “Healthy eating should be easy, right? But with seemingly simple or so-called “health foods” containing ingredients we can’t even pronounce, the whole process isn’t quite as straight forward as it used to be. That’s where clean eating comes in. It’s not a diet or a fad — it’s a way of life and one we all should consider giving a try.” This is a very good article. Eating “clean” is not a fad or a diet, the author says it is a lifestyle. If we change the way we look at what we eat then what we eat becomes our Lifestyle choices. Choices meant to last a lifetime. So choose wisely.
If we change our lifestyle to focus on a strong immune system & being as healthy as we can be the rest will follow. We know that a healthy lifestyle includes a balanced way of eating, exercise & stress reduction. Instead of changing your eating habits to fit into a bathing suit or to reduce the risk of a specific disease, change it to be as healthy as your can be. Each day be mindful of your food choices. Cut out the processed foods as much as you can. Eat more fruits & vegetables, buy organic, & within those parameters eat what you like. If you don’t like broccoli then look for another cruciferous vegetable in that group that you do like. This lifestyle is yours, not mine, not your best friends & certainly not the Kardashians 🙂
With this healthy lifestyle comes having fun, enjoying your family & friends plus eating out. Let’s change the way we look at eating out. It is not “bad”. It is simply a night without having to cook & cleanup. Enjoy it! The following day you continue with your healthy lifestyle. No guilt over what you ate or drank the night before.
This was our dinner last Tuesday from our garden. The edible flowers are Nasturtium & Borage. We were tired & going for simple.
This was dinner the following night! We took a drive along the coast & found a cute little cafe that made awesome vegetarian pizzas. Delicious & no guilt. Enjoyed every bite.
I have seen that the worse guilt over what you eat comes after you have been diagnosed with cancer, heart disease, diabetes etc. The next guilt trip is when your friends & family start telling you what “Super Foods” you should have been eating. At this point you vow to start fresh & throw out all your favorite foods & everything in the pantry. Then, you discover that you are too tired from chemo, medications, surgery or whatever to make those healthy “Super Food Meals”. More guilt. Now you not only question every bite you eat but you are now STRESSED OUT!
The first item on your healthy lifestyle should be stress reduction. This is more important than what you eat. According to the American Psychological Association, chronic stress is linked to the six leading causes of death: heart disease, cancer, lung ailments, accidents, cirrhosis of the liver and suicide…. During & after your treatment focus on stress reduction through gentle exercise such as Yoga, QiGong, Tai Chi, or swimming. Learn a relaxation technique: meditation, mindfulness, QiGong or simply take a walk, garden or read. Check on SDCRI’s Resource page for ideas & contacts in the San Diego & North County area.
When YOU are ready to address a cleaner eating lifestyle, check this/our website for information on how & where to start. Craft a lifestyle that you are comfortable with & that you can see yourself doing from now on. Next week we will look at your plate & see how it can be “cleaned up” without falling for “natural/healthy/superfood/fad” items.
Somewhere along the line we have forgotten about quality of life. Society is more focused on quantity. My motto? “Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming, ‘Wow! What a Ride!” ~ Hunter S. Thompson In my version I will be holding a cup of coffee in one hand & dark chocolate in the other……Mary