Thanks to an inspirational family and close friends who share an affinity for staying informed on nutritional issues, as of recent years I have tried to stay away from the following harmful substances:
#1 Hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils
#2 Artificial sweeteners
#3 High fructose corn syrum
#4 MSG (monosodium glutamate)
Rather than explain the health risks of each and every one of these, if you are truly interested in the negatives effects of any of these food substances, just google them!
Now, as a raw foods-dominant vegan, I have added a few more things to my list of poisons:
-Refined sugar or sweeteners or all kinds
-Artificial anything in my food, including artifical colors and flavors and preservatives
Many feel that this diet is extremely confining, but I feel just the opposite. I feel a wonderful sense of liberation knowing that I am taking control of my body and my health and possibly preventing diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and various autoimmune diseases. Did you know that the above listed diseases kill 80% of all Americans? Incredible, isn't it? But it doesn't have to be that way! With a diet that gets back to nature, we can take back our health and our lives and live the way God intended us to do so. I'm not saying that I think God wants us all to be vegans, but we could all stand to eat a few more natural foods, right? What a freeing feeling it is to be eating in a way that so close to the way nature intended!
Another way I feel free is that I have overcome ALL of my food addictions. I no longer HAVE to try everything at the dessert table at our church activites or HAVE to have a bowl of chocolate ice cream while I blog as a way to "wind down". Today, at a Boy Scout banquet, fajitas were served. Whereas they smelled wonderful and it was fun to watch the meat, onions and peppers being fried in an authentic Mexican "disco", I had no desire to consume any of it! I had shared a bowl of Raisin Bran with almond milk and strawberries with the twins and the toddler right before the dinner, and I felt completely satisfied with no desire to even have chips and guacamole, which is a favorite vegan snack of mine. As I got to thinking about why I wasn't hungry at all, even though I'd probably only had about half a bowl of cereal for dinner, a little light bulb went off in my head. Perhaps I have felt so satisfied and rarely hungry or tempted to eat things that are not good for me because my body is finally getting the nutrition it needs via vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, beans and grains. When I consumed the standard American diet (SAD), I was depleting my body of key nutrients and I believe my body was always telling me to eat more in a desperate attempt to get the nutrients I was missing. It makes so much sense to me that that is why my appetite has decreased so dramatically!
Just thought I'd share that with you. I'm so happy about this and thanks for listening!
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