Eating Fresh: The Fruits and Vegetables Conundrum
Updated: Aug 27, 2019
When did society stop eating fresh fruit and vegetables? I mean, really, why is that Americans eat so bad? Well, it’s not a simple answer. There are few things going on: One, is how our brain reacts when we eat sugar and salt. It’s like a drug, and in fact scientists agree that we react to sugar like we react to cocaine. Two, we’re constantly being advertised and programmed to think what’s delicious, and usually that food is not good for us. And three, if you don’t know what you’re doing, vegetables and fruits don’t taste as good as they should. Aside from cooking, many people don’t know how to pick fresh foods, which sometimes results in produce not being quite as tasty.
Trust me, I know. I do my best to eat as many fruits and vegetables as I can. As you get to know me, you’ll see that I am not vegan or vegetarian, but I eat a lot of meals that are. I believe another huge problem in America is that we eat too much meat. I’m not saying you have to go vegan or vegetarian, but avoiding eating meat with every meal is not a bad thing. A lot of people already do it with breakfast, having coffee and a bagel, a bowl of cereal, or maybe fruit and toast. I know you eggs-and-bacon people are out there, but how many times have you had eggs and bacon and felt sick after you ate that meal? I will go into the Hay diet a little to explain why this is so. Essentially, starches and proteins require different enzymes to digest, when you combine those foods it’s makes it harder to digest completely. Think about the last time you had steak and potatoes, and how long it took for you not to fill full and miserable? That’s because your body has to put a lot of energy into breaking that food combination down.
So, what is the solution?
Well, living in the city, the solution is to go to the downtown market and buy very expensive local organic market produce. Realistically, that simply isn’t an option for everyone. Instagram has been advertising a bunch of “imperfect” organic product to order online, and I’m thinking about trying it out, but the problem is, do they still pick their produce green?
I believe that the solution is vertical gardens grown hydroponically without chemicals. One big thing that Dr. Hay expressed was to limit your exposure to chemicals. Petroleum bi-products, such as the wax on apples, pesticides, and fertilizers are not good for you. These chemicals were developed during war, now they’re just moneymakers, they are not good for humans. We now are now constantly exposed to synthetic chemicals that we’ve just been introduced to the past 100 years. As you know, cancer and autism have risen something like 3000%.
Now to stay politically correct, you can’t just go blaming without scientific research. What you can do is be actively aware or what you put in and on your body my friends. As far as a solution, vegetables are still not expensive, and you still need them, a lot. What science has shown us is that our body functions better with a good diet and exercise. While we’re figuring out the solutions to the big problems, you still need to eat your organic vegetables and fruits.
What is a healthy diet? 10-20% protein, 10% carbs (not from veggies), and 70-80% veggies.
Carbs feed your brain and spine, protein helps you rebuild muscles, but veggies keep your system clean. If your veggies are clean, your body will be cleaner. If you can’t afford organic veggies, my best advice is to wash everything with vinegar or food-grade hydrogen peroxide (but that stuff is super basic, so you must add water before you touch it!). There are lots of ways to sneak veggies into your diet, any vegetable, even if it’s not organic.
There are so many ways to get these things into your diet. For more information, please check out my recipes. Please leave any questions and comments below. This blog is meant to be interactive, and I want to know what your thoughts, ideas, and personal goals too!
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