Sunday, December 28, 2008

PROCESSED FOOD...An Oxymoron

Processed food has become a common staple in the American household but have you ever thought about the true meaning of the words PROCESSED FOOD?

The two words are indeed an oxymoron as they each cancel out the other in terms of meaning. Webster's Dictionary gives the following definitions:
Processed: to subject to a special process or treatment
Food: 1: material consisting essentially of protein, carbohydrate, and fat used in the body of an organism to sustain growth, repair, and vital processes and to furnish energy. 2: nutriment in solid form (nutriment: something that nourishes or promotes growth, provides energy, repairs body tissues and maintains life) 3: something that nourishes, sustains, or supplies.

Wikipedia defines processed food as the set of methods and techniques used to transform raw
ingredients into food or to transform food into other forms for consumption by humans. Food processing typically takes clean, harvested crops and uses these to produce attractive, marketable and often long-life food products.

When a food is treated by heat as in canning and aseptic processing or extreme cold as in refrigeration and freezing to alter its original form it loses all the vitamins, minerals and nutrients needed to sustain growth, to repair and to furnish energy.

Have you ever eaten a burger and fries or steak and potato and felt an urgent and undeniable need for a nap? That's because the body is thrown into a state of digestive shock. It requires large amounts of energy to breakdown a meal that essentially will never properly be digested because those foods weren't meant for human consumption; everything essentially needed by the body was either not included or processed in a way that made it an unhealthy food choice.

The food processing technique of the 19th and 20th centuries was developed to serve militaries. With that being said, consuming processed food was meant to be a temporary choice made from a necessity not a lifelong option.

Today, food processing companies have only one objective in mind; to capitalize off of the poor, uneducated and nutritionally ignorant. They create synthetic foods in “kitchen laboratories” and use the general public to experiment the affects of their non food ingredients, ie… genetically modified organisms, artificial flavors and colors, and a host of other ingredients that were made up to addict us to a tasty package of something that's quick and easy. They have never had the health of its consumer in mind as they are filled with additives and lacking the nutrition the body needs to sustain a long and healthy life.

Things you're sure to find in processed foods…

Let us begin by saying that most ingredients of processed foods begins in its natural state. However, canning, freezing, refrigeration, dehydration and aseptic* processing destroy most if not all that's good and wholesome in the product.

MSG is concentrated salt and is one of the main and most common ingredient in processed food. Salt is used to prevent spoiling and kill bacteria. During the last century many food producers began using other words to mask the fact that although MSG was not good for you they were continuing to use it. Things like hydrolyzed soy protein was on labels…who knew soy protein was something bad? MSG not only acts as a poison in your body, causing damage to your cells, but has been linked with causing nerve damage and vision loss as well.

The average American consumes almost 200 pounds of SUGAR per year and eating excessive amounts has been linked to Type 2 Diabetes, obesity and tooth decay and in studies shown to feed cancer cells. It has also been shown to be just as, if not more addictive than most street drugs!

High Fructose Corn Syrup or HFCS is added by more and more food manufacturers because it's a cheap ingredient to use to gain the desired taste of a product. HFCS increases your triglyceride levels and the bad cholesterol within an hour of eating.

Trans Fats or “Factory Created Fats” are unlike other dietary fats, Trans fats are neither essential nor healthy and, in fact, the consumption of Trans fats raise one's risk of heart disease. These fats have replaced natural fats and liquid oils especially in the fast, snack, fried and baked food industries. Trans fat remains in the blood stream for a much longer period of time and is more prone to arterial deposition and subsequent plaque formation. Replacing Trans fats with “good” fats could lower your risk of heart disease by over 50%! Trans fats or partially hydrogenated oils are used because they increase shelf-life and are an inexpensive alternative to other oils. So once again we see that processed food manufacturers are only concerned with their bottom line…not our health.

It's no wonder Americans have the highest rate of heart dis-ease, diabetes, high cholesterol, cancer, impaired brain function, just to name a few. According to the United Health Foundation, “When health in the United States is compared to health in other countries, the picture is disappointing. The World Health Organization, in its annual World Health Statistics 2008, compares the United States to the nations of the world on a large variety of measures. While the U.S. does exceed many countries, it is far from the best in many of the common measures used to gauge our healthiness and lags behind its peers in other developed countries.” The fast pace lifestyle of Americans has become the norm and in the “process” of our quest for convenience, “processed foods,” has become our best friend yet worst enemy…Another oxymoron to reflect on.

So we ask you, the next time you get hungry, what will be your food choice?

*Aseptic processing is the process by which a sterile product is packaged in a sterile container to maintain sterility for things such as milk. Sterility is achieved with a flash-heating process.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

You Get What You Ask For...


In this life... you get what you ask for…
As beautiful or harsh as that reality may seem, it is true.
Words and thoughts are powerful.
Each time you utter one or think one it is vibrated into the Universe
on a frequency matter that the average person would not understand.
It’s not understood because it’s not seen,
but it is heard and it is felt by the manifestations of your silent actions.
So when shit is not what you think it should be in your life,
sit down and think hard about your silent actions.
Does fear consume you?
Does money and greed beguile you?
Is sickness ravishing your body?
Are economic hardships always in your way?
Are you always the victim?
Think about it.
How do you react to the opening statement?
Perhaps you just lost a loved one and you might be saying,
“Yeah , right, I asked for so and so to die…”
But did you?
Stop thinking you’re thinking and think!
THINK HAPPY,
THINK PURE,
THINK SINCERE,
THINK DETAILED,
THINK SPECIFIC,
THINK SIMPLE,
THINK SUNSHINE,
THINK HEALTH,
THINK LOVE,
THINK PEACE…
THINK ANY GOTDAMN THING YOU WANT…
BUT KNOW THAT…
IN THIS LIFE YOU GET WHAT YOU ASK FOR.

I THINK YOU ARE WONDERFUL!

PEACE-N-LUV!

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Who are Your Jones'?

or better yet… What are your Jones’?

Have you ever wondered who your neighbors, “really are?” Think about it… We smile, we wave, our children play together but what’s really going on with the Jones’. I’m not in any shape, fashion or form suggesting for anyone to be nosy, that in itself is annoying but I pondered upon this question when recently a friend shared an interesting story with me. If you can; imagine your neighbor, the perfect soccer Mom. At her children’s school so often, you’d think she’s on the payroll. You notice that her husband is in and out of town on business. He works to support the house and she stays home to “take care” of the house (pun intended). On occasion however, while hubby is out of town, between the hours of 9am and 1pm (weekdays), conveniently while the children are in school and neighbors working, another man often visits the house. Hmmmm. Perhaps she’s having an affair… That would be safe to assume. But then you notice that even when hubby is home, the same man visits, during the same hours. Maybe its business you conclude. But then it begins to happen more frequently. The truth however, is that her and her husband are into, “cock holding”. Yes, C-O-C-K H-O-L-D-I-N-G. Let me explain… Her husband gets off looking and hearing other people “pleasure” his wife. Wow! Now that’s freaky! Who would have imagined, the perfect soccer mom would have a freaky bone in her seemingly innocent body. I guess innocent is a relative term.
So I ask you… Do you really know your neighbors? If you have any interesting stories, please share them.


Note: “The term is actually "cuckold" . It is believed to allude to the habit of a female cuckold that lays her eggs in the nests of other birds. References to cuckolding dates as far back as 1372 in Geoffrey Chaucer's
The Canterbury Tales.” Source: About.com

A RAW FOOD DIET...A sign of the times

Like miniskirts and platform shoes, raw food diets are making a comeback. Unfortunately it has taken a little longer than the latest fads in fashion with consequences that could prove deadly. Being groggy, tired, or disease stricken has made people think twice about what they are putting in their mouths.
Raw Food Advocates believe eating raw is the only logical diets for humans as it supports the enzymes and nutritional values needed to aid the body in maintaining a healthy digestion.
If done properly, the benefits of a raw food diet is endless. Weight loss is one of the most obvious benefits though not a mandatory result. Most raw foodists eat a large amount of plant food which lowers calorie and fat intake. However the increased consumption of seeds and nuts can reduce or eliminate this factor all together if it's not desired. Improved digestion, increased metabolism and energy are yet more benefits of eating raw. One of the most important benefits of a raw food diet is its protective effects. Scientific evidence supports the lowered risk of several types of cancer. Raw foods with an emphasis on fruit possess properties that help to reduce the risk of developing cancer. Fruits highest in fiber include, raspberries, pears, and apples; highest in vitamin A and C include apples, avocados and bananas. All of these are especially good for fighting cancer. The raw food diet has countless other benefits, that sadly we don't get from the typical "American Western Diet". For instance, a raw food diet contains fewer trans fat and saturated fat, it is also lower in sodium but higher in benefits such as potassium, magnesium, folate, fiber and health-promoting plant chemicals called phytochemicals. Phytochemicals are plant-derived chemical compounds under scientific research for their potential health-promoting properties. "Phytonutrients" are plant-derived essential nutrients scientifically confirmed as important to human health.
Whether you decide to go completely raw or incorporate raw into your lifestyle the benefits of eating "healing" foods in their natural state far exceed eating the all too familiar synthetic foods created in modern corporate kitchens. Remember food is meant to "heal" not "kill."