Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Processed Foods --- Natural Foods -- Learning is a Process

I remember back when I used to prepare meals out of a box, packaged dinners, frozen dinners, and store bought desserts. And I thought I was doing well for "cooking at home" instead of going out to eat at a restaurant. The commercial Yoplait yogurt I bought was good for me, right?

And then I realized there were certain ingredients I wanted to avoid, no matter what. They included MSG and Aspartame. So I started reading labels. And that meant that there were fewer "packaged" foods for me to purchase and make. No more Rice A Roni, Hamburger Helper and Stuffing mix for me.

And then I realized that there were SO many ingredients that hide MSG, like autolyzed yeast extract, hydrolyzed vegetable protein, maltodextrin, natural flavors, etc. Holy cow. What I once thought was healthy, was SO NOT HEALTHY!

And this was before I even realized how bad store bought milk was for you! (Well, I had switched to organic milk but still didn't know the extent of how bad it is for you).

I then started to make things from scratch. I was making homemade yogurt, I was making homemade bread. I was making beans and rice, and seasoning it. I cut out all soda pop, and white bread. No more sugar cereals, either. And dessert was for special occasions only.

Eventually I graduated to using raw milk (man, I was missing out all those years! This stuff is DELICIOUS!) I have made my own butter and I make my own raw milk kefir every day. I have even started buying grassfed beef, pastured eggs and poultry.

The reason why I am explaining these steps that I have taken to get to where I am now, is that it would have been so hard to go from eating packaged foods directly to making my own bone broth and fermented vegetables (which is where I am now). So don't despair. Just slowly make changes in your life, and eventually you will look back like I do, and wonder what you were thinking!

Learning is a process. It isn't like a light switch where you just flick it on.

And while I don't have any chronic health issues related to my diet, I still have issues. Sure, I am pretty healthy, and I don't get sick much. But I can't sleep well at night and I am under continuous stress all the time. Those issues result in a myriad of other problems that are created, which I am currently dealing with. I can't wait to report on that in my next blog post!

And all the while, I feel pretty well detoxed thanks to my detox foot pads. You should try them. No matter where you are on your journey to health, the detox foot pads will help you.

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