Healthy Eating 101
Generally speaking, there are four pillars to health: Food, Sleep, Exercise, and Emotions. The four pillars are all related. if you lack sleep or feel very stressed, you might crave unhealthy food. If you get good sleep and exercise, your emotions will be healthy and you will naturally want to eat healthy. If you eat unhealthy food, you will have worse sleep, lack energy to exercise, and your emotions will be more negative. I’ve done a lot of research on healthy eating over the past year or so because I got quite sick, and I want to share a short summary of what I’ve learned in this article. This article will talk about
- Foods to Avoid
- Foods to be Careful About
- Healthy Foods
Foods to Avoid
Most of eating healthy is actually avoiding unhealthy food. In our current society, unhealthy food is everywhere. Unhealthy food is easier to access than healthy food. Why? Because unhealthy food is addictive, and businesses can make lots of profit on unhealthy food. No one knew how harmful these foods are in the long-term, so no one banned these foods.
Chronic illness and mental illness are both higher than ever before in history, and our unhealthy food system is a major reason.
1: Fast Food
Almost everyone knows fast food (KFC, McDonald’s, etc.) is unhealthy. But people still eat them because the taste is addictive and they don’t feel anything bad one day after. But if they keep eating that kind of food, over many years, they will get serious health problems.
2: Packaged and Processed Food
Pretty much every doctor and health professional agrees that packaged and processed foods are the first foods to cut out. These are any foods that are processed in a factory. They usually come in a box or bag, such as cookies, chips, ice cream, chocolate, canned food, frozen dinners, etc. The reason these foods are unhealthy is because the companies add a tone of artificial sugar or salt or other flavoring to make it taste addictive. They also add a lot of preservatives so that the food can stay “fresh” for years. Think about that…if the food can stay fresh for years because of the preservatives, just think what those preservatives will do to your body!
3: Cheap Restaurant Food
Restaurants are businesses, and most of them nowadays care about profit and not the health of their customers. In particular, low-priced restaurants are very likely to use cheap, unhealthy oil in their cooking. They also add lots of flavoring like salt and MSG to make the meal taste better, but that’s very bad for the customer’s health.
Foods to be Careful About
Meat is not the same as 200 years ago. In our modern society, meat comes from factory farmed animals. These animals are injected with growth hormones to make them extra big and grow really fast. They live in extremely crowded spaces with no hygiene. They barely have breathing space. They live extremely stressful and short lives, so their body is full of hormones related to fear, stress, and anger. So when we eat meat from the grocery store or a restaurant, we are also eating all those growth hormones and other hormones related to fear, stress, and anger.
Non-Organic Produce (Fruits and Vegetables)
Even produce is not the same as before. They have been genetically modified to be bigger, prettier, and resist bugs. Their taste is also much more bland as a result. Fruits and vegetables are grown in sick soil that’s filled with chemical fertilizers. These fertilizers are like the growth hormones injected into animals: they make the plants grow faster and bigger, but it’s not natural. The chemicals in the fertilizers hurt the soil, which then hurts the plants, which then hurts the people who eat them.
The farmers also spray the fruits and vegetables with A LOT of pesticides. They use so much that they have to wear full-body suits with masks because breathing in those pesticides is harmful. And farms will have a “Do not enter” sign because it’s dangerous to breath all those pesticides. Dr. Mark Hyman talks a lot about it on his website.
When we eat fruits and vegetables, it’s very important to wash them thoroughly because we can’t see or feel the pesticides on the produce, and eating it is very harmful.
Now that we’ve looked at some unhealthy foods, let’s talk about the healthy ones.
1: Organic Food
When you buy fruits, vegetables, or meat, try to get organic. It’s more expensive, but it’s much healthier for you and for the Earth. Organic food also tastes so much better. You will enjoy the taste of the actual food and not want the taste of sugar, salt, or artificial flavors.
For example, I compared the taste of store tomatoes with organic tomatoes from my garden. The store tomatoes look nice and big, but have almost no taste. My garden tomatoes have 100 times more flavor than the store tomatoes. That’s the difference between organic and non-organic.
2: Home-Made Food
Instead of eating fast food, packaged food, and restaurant food, try to eat home-cooked food with fresh ingredients. Why? Because you know exactly what went into your meal. You know there’s no artificial flavorings or preservatives.
Cooking can be very easy and simple. Just cut up a bunch of different colored vegetables and stir fry them in pan. Add a bit of salt for flavoring, and you have a great tasting meal. Now, for many people, the meal might taste bland, and that’s because their tongue is so used to the excessive artificial flavors from fast food, packaged foods, and restaurant food. But if you stop eating those unhealthy foods for some time, your tongue will be able to taste vegetables again. And if you use organic ingredients, the taste will be very rich.
3: The Holy Four (Based on the book Life Changing Foods by Medical Medium)
1. Fruits fight cancer. Examples: Apples, bananas, berries, grapes, lemons, mangoes, melons, oranges, papaya, pears
2. Vegetables clean the body. Examples: Asparagus, celery, broccoli, leafy greens (spinach, lettuce), potatoes, onions, cucumbers, sweet potatoes
3. Herbs build the immune system. Examples: Garlic, ginger, turmeric, cilantro, licorice root
4. Wild foods help us adapt to stress. Examples: Aloe vera, seaweed, mushrooms, coconut, raw wildflower honey, wild blueberries
Most of healthy eating is actually avoiding unhealthy food, which are extremely common in our current profit-driven society. We should avoid especially processed foods and cheap restaurant foods because they are made to taste really good but are very harmful for our health. We also need to be careful with non-organic food. Finally, we should try to add organic and home food foods into our diet, especially fruits, vegetables, herbs, and wild foods.