Make Food Your Friend

Take a few minutes to conjure up in your mind the image of two women.  One thing they have in common is that they both love to eat.  The first woman loves the food she’s known all her life – Big Macs with the side of fries and the extra-large Diet Coke, of course.  It might be Wendy’s another day, Kentucky Fried Chicken the day after that.  More often than not, she grabs her food in a bag handed to her through a drive through window, and will have finished the meal before she gets home.  She doesn’t cook – she’s usually too hungry when it’s mealtime to take the time to cook, and anyway, the food tastes better soaked in lard and fried in grease.  She may socialize with comfort food, fried chicken and potato salad at a church social, followed by apple pie that is likely to be bought at the grocery store, where they’ve been sitting prettily on the shelf thanks to the preservatives used to keep them looking good.  This woman’s approach to food, the food she loves, is almost frantic.  She loves it so much, she just can’t wait to eat it.  During the day, she may curb her hunger between meals with a Snickers bar or maybe even a “healthy” granola bar or serving of sugary yogurt.  She can’t go to bed without a helping of Ben and Jerry’s – that stuff is to DIE for.  She eats it as if she would die without it, and the fact is, she’s dying because of it.

Can you picture her?  She may be skinny, but more than likely she’s overweight.  For sure her skin isn’t as clear and bright as it could be.  She isn’t grounded.  Food rules her life, and she loves this food.  But it doesn’t love her back.  She suffers from many issues including digestion, stress, hormone, sleep, hair, skin, and mood.

Picture the second woman.  She loves her food, too.  But she loves it in a wholly different way.  She strolls through the farmer’s market on a Saturday morning.  She takes her time inspecting and admiring the fruits and vegetables in the produce bins.  She loads her basket with carefully chosen greens, artichokes, carrots, onions, organic peppers and sweet potatoes.  She adds fresh strawberries, kiwi, melons, and apples.  She might choose an organic chicken and some duck eggs from the same farmer.  She talks to the farmers, asks about their crops and harvests.   Whatever she can’t find she picks up the local grocery store – a little quinoa, spices, olive oil, beans and a bottle of organic red wine.  Perhaps she even has her own garden, where she grows her own eggplant, tomatoes and bib lettuce.  When she gets home she takes her time cooking an organic veggie chili. She cuts the onions, peppers, sweet potatoes and carrots, puts them in the crockpot with the beans adding some tomatoes, kale and spices.  The house fill with the aroma.  She uses her mothers favorite recipe to bake her artichokes.  She makes a salad and pours some wine.  Her company arrives to a meal they’ll all share and savor together.

I’m sure you can picture this second woman, too.  A healthy glow to her skin, a genuine smile.  A peace and serenity about her.  She’s not frantic. She’s not sick.  She’s at peace with herself, and with her food.  The two go hand in hand.

Now – who loves food more?  I mean, truly loves it?  Respects it?  Honors it?  And enjoys it in a peaceful, dignified, grounded way?

The first woman claims she loves food, but the food is her enemy.  It controls her, and if she wanted to “diet,” to lose weight or otherwise get control of herself, she would easily see food as an obstacle to her goals.  Right now, food is something she is panicked about, desperate for, and grabs when she feels she is empty and needs to fill herself up – very much like a dysfunctional relationship, in fact!  If she wanted to change her habits, food would be something she’d have to manage, deprive herself of, conquer and defeat.  It would be a constant struggle, because of her mindset.

The second woman already sees food as her friend, and she doesn’t seem deprived at all – does she?  She takes her time, appreciates the food – the way it looks, feels, smells.  She cooks it carefully, and serves it in the midst of joy and happiness.  She makes it with love.  And the best part?  The food she loves DOES love her back!  She’s healthy and happy, and the food fuels her.  When she eats, she spends more time thinking about what she’s putting in her body so she can live and thrive, not what she’s depriving herself of.

Food – real, whole, nourishing food – is your friend.  Thinking of  your food that way is important for health.  So go to your favorite farmers market and  discover the foods you love, and they will love you back.

Know your food-Because Real Food Changes Everything!

Connie Rogers is a Certified Integrated Holistic Health Coach and Wellness Writer. www.bitesizepieces.net

Expert in toxins that can disrupt our metabolic and endocrine health.

Smart & Natural

Ever wonder how huge Corporations convince us toxic products are really good for us?  They use words like “Natural” or “Smart Drinks or Foods” when reality is, truly smart people, see right through their expensive ad campaigns.  We see through their bright colors and cute jingles and are quite aware, these must be related to the same companies that convinced us that cigarettes and DDT, were good for us.

Here’s a great example of a product, that paid their packaging team to entice consumers with well crafted words.

“Is it really SMART to let yourself fall in love with a snack?  OF COURSE IT IS! ESPECIALLY WHEN IT’S SMARTFOOD™. “You know you want it.  You know where to get it.  Now go out there and be SMART about it.”   And their slogan:  “Smartfood Popcorn - Sign of an INTELLIGENT Life.”  It only took two seconds to glance at the nutrition fact label to see that this is really not smart to eat.

  Let’s read this ad for Velveeta ™ Advertising Campaign “When creamy is what you crave.”

  What does a naked woman have to do with our decision to buy cheese?

Or how about “Betcha can’t eat one.”  Frito-Lay ™ is permitted to make all kinds of claims about its fat laden/ fried products, claiming that Lay’s potato chips are now “heart healthy.”

Do you sit on the sofa, watch TV and regret eating a whole bag?  You have been programed.

Moving on we seem to desire sliming ourselves fast.  Find the Slim-Fast® “Strawberries N Cream” product.  You won’t find “strawberries” or “cream” on the label.  Sure sounds delicious, but after years and years of research, chemists have discovered how to satisfy our taste buds, with chemicals.

Special K® “What will you gain when you lose.” and "Satisfy your sweet tooth.”  Before we buy into a million dollar ad campaign, maybe we should do some due diligence first!  Sugar, sugar and more sugar, artificial flavors, toxic vegetable oils, GMO’s and chemicals.   Sugar toxicity ends up in the circulatory, endocrine, immune and lymphatic systems.  Sugar is a poison to our metabolic system.

Vegetable oils are found in practically every processed food, from salad dressing to mayo to conventional nuts and seeds. These oils are some of the most harmful substances we can put into our body.

And then we have diet foods. Diet-artificially sweetened soft drinks have been associated with obesity and metabolic syndrome.

Is Dove ™ appealing to your body image?  The people at Dove have exploited a void in the marketplace. By introducing so-called women with “real” bodies, they distinguished themselves from their competitors. The down side: Whatever toxins we put on the skin, will go trough the skin, be absorbed into the blood, to be filtered in the liver.

If we as women became content with our appearance – accepting our body size, (including breast and thigh size) wrinkles, gray hair, entire industries would collapse. 

What ever happened to Truth in Advertising? 

If these products put the words:  poison, toxic, chemically processed, Genetically Modified, on the labels would you buy them?  Some ingredients have been shown to increase heart attacks, cancer, diabetes, autoimmune disorders and more.

Searching for the “Wake Up Button”?  It’s time to make Smart Choices with a rock solid resolve to become totally awake about how choices we make today, will impact our lives in our future. It’s Spring Cleaning time.  Time to think about eliminating and discarding these “toxic waste products” from our pantry.

There are hundreds of products that need our attention.  For blogging purposes, I offer you a handful to begin with.   Connie Rogers founder of Bitesizepieces.net

Footnotes:

 www.sott.net/article/216727-The-Addictive-Opioids-in-Wheat-and-Dairy-Foods

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1038/oby.2008.284/abstract;jsessionid=08CFC090C1C9CFE4AB7F969832B81A17.f01t02

http://theillusionists.org/2013/04/the-problem-with-dove/


Connie Rogers is an Expert in toxins that can disrupt our skin, metabolic and endocrine health. Lifestyle Educator, Reiki Master, 37 years Certified Cosmetologist/Esthetician, Certified Integrated Holistic Health Coach, Accredited through American Association of Drugless Practitioners, Published Author, Wellness Writer, Owner Reverseage Wellness Essential Oils

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