Monday, July 14, 2008

Eating Real Food...

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They Say "You are what you Eat". If that's true, most Americans are a Thin crust - Ronald McDonald with a shot of High Fructose Corn Syrup, topped with a sprinkling of genetically -modified substances.

Over the last year, I've been making a real effort to only give my family "real food" not over processed, chemically altered substances intended for human consumption.

I've completely banned any form of trans-fats from our pantry. I used to check a label and if it listed "0 trans fats" I would look no further and assume this would be fine for my family. That is...until I was listening to Flylady's radio show one day and Leanne Ely the Dinner Diva at Saving Dinner gave this analogy...

"If I were to offer you an ooey gooey brownie made with the finest chocolate, and I told you that there was only just a little bit of dog poop in it, would you eat it? If you couldn't taste it, and it was undetectable (showed up on the ingredient list, but showed up on the nutrition list as 0 grams dog poop), would you eat it? The nutrition info is going to tell you it's not showing up, but the ingredients list lets you know it's there. You know what I'm saying. Now you need to make up your own mind on what's acceptable for you to put into your body or not. Next time you're tempted to eat something overloaded with trans fats, just think about my icky dog poop analogy. That'll stop you!"

(read her article about trans-fats)

So I've become a detective at the supermarket, reading the label of every product I'm not familiar with. If the word "hydrogenated" appears anywhere - it's not real food - it's back on the shelf!

I've learned other things about healthy eating from the Dinner Diva...

For instance, everyone is doing their best to cut out bad fats and oils from their diet, switching to good old canola oil, presuming they're doing their body good...WRONG!!

Canola Oil has been the subject of lots of speculation. 1. The canola is usually genetically modified (same goes for the corn used in corn oil). 2. In order to get the oil, they must use chemicals. Now I don't know about you, but I really don't want chemically laden, genetically modified oils going into my children. I now only use Expeller-Pressed (mechanically pressed not chemically extracted) safflower oil or olive oil. I know these oils are good oils are real food that our bodies know what to do with when we eat them. Nut and seed oils are fine too, as long as they're expeller-pressed.

I've tried to switch to as many organic products as I can, especially milk and produce. I know lots of milk touts itself as "RBST free" and that's great, but unless it's organic, those pretty cows are still eating feed and grazing from pastures that have probably been treated with chemicals of some kind. I just don't want that in my children's bodies (or mine, for that matter).

All the chemicals and hormones in our food supply is causing girls to start puberty earlier than ever. At a few weeks short of her eleventh birthday, Collette is already beginning puberty. Poor thing, she shouldn't have to deal with those grownup kind of things so young! In my day, (wow, I sound old huh?) but in my day, girls were at least 13 or 14 before puberty started. I know it's too late for Collette, but if I can help Lauren, it will be worth it. Who knows what else all these chemicals and additives are doing to our children.

Do we still have fun food in our house?...Yes, but I try to get it from Whole Foods Market or Trader Joe's where I know that nothing in their stores contains these off-limits ingredients.

Robert Orben once said "Old people shouldn't eat health foods. They need all the preservatives they can get." and someone else once said “Health nuts are going to feel stupid someday, lying in hospitals dying of nothing.” I don't consider myself a health-nut, just someone who is trying to do the right thing and feed my kids real foods...call me crazy...

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