Updated: May 23
A living being CANNOT expect to live a long and disease-free life while consuming a diet made up of processed, artificial and lab-synthesized "food". They may survive but they certainly will not thrive. Though there are many contributing factors, poor diet choices are the greatest factor in why the average American suffers from one or more lifestyle-related diseases (ie. diabetes, obesity, heart disease, anxiety, abnormal cholesterol levels, etc.)
The #1 reason as to why we need food is to acquire nutrients that get turned into quality fuel for our bodies to function properly, yet somehow our priorities lay with what satisfies cravings instead. We're missing the whole point to the building block of health and wellness.
Do any of the following sound appealing to you?
Improved Quality of Sleep
Easy Weight Loss That Stay Off
Weight Loss Without Deprivation
Improved Memory and Problem Solving Abilities
Satisfying and Easy Bowel Movements
There's absolutely no magic pill but the answer to how you can acquire all the above and more is quite simple:
Avoid that which comes prepackaged, canned and frozen. Yes, you're right in thinking that most of the foods found in grocery stores fall into one of those categories. Remember: Just because these foods are common does not make them healthy! The food industry does not have the interest of our health in mind. The packaged goods do show to have protein, carbs, fats, and all the other macro nutrients we were taught to look for on a nutritional label; however, these nutritional values are exactly just that, values. They represent the value of a particular nutrient present in the food but this does not account for what your body is actually able to properly digest and absorb as quality energy. Take away message: Your body cannot extract the same quantity or quality of nutrients from a processed food as from a freshly derived, once living, organic matter.
Eat meals consisting of freshly cooked vegetables, fruits, legumes, nuts, grains and meats. Yes, it will take some thought, learning and getting used to on your part; however, on the other end you'll discover what it means for your body and mind to THRIVE. There is no rush. One day at a time. :)