- Refined ‘white’ grains
- Processed meat & dairy
- Refined Sugar (corn syrup)
- Corn/Grain Derived Packaged Foods
- Hydrogenated Oil
- Artificial Preservatives & Flavoring Additives
Eliminating products containing these slow poisons from your kitchen will almost guarantee you a high-energy, weight-loss, pro-health diet.
You can forget about kale smoothies and wheat-grass; just cut out the garbage.
These ingredients make the body fat, the mind slow and the gut agitated.
They make up your all around pro-inflammation, pro-aging, pro-fat, diabetes, diet.
An anti-diet devoid of nutrition.
As I am sure the good reader is painfully aware, this list accounts for 2/3 of the slop sold at franchise restaurants and supermarkets.
To avoid these things is to be hungry often.
Filled With Filler
The market demands the cheapest filler with the most calories and agri-corp delivers.
And whatever agri-corp can do to cut costs, they do.
Amidst constant pressure from investors, they get creative in their penny shaving.
One of their tricks is lobbying the FDA to change the definition of food.
Hershey and Nestle lobbied the FDA to change the definition of ‘chocolate’ so they could cut out the cocoa bean and replace it with vegetable oil.
So now instead of magical chocolate in your mouth, you’ve got sticky, pasty shit.
Chocolate is not that sweet.
“Chocolate” is so sweet it hurts your mouth.
But now they get to tell you what chocolate is.
But all you’ve got to remember is that agri-corp will substitute real ingredients with fake filler anywhere they can get away with it. And they lobby daily to push those limits.
There are a lot of poor people demanding cheap food, so I suppose we’ll have to hate the game of capitalism and not the corporate player.
Meat Vs. Meat
Hippy-dippy vegetarians tell me all the time how red meat is anti-health.
They are half-right.
A steak cut from a grass-fed, open-range, happy cow is a superfood. It is one of the most nutrient dense things you can eat and is thus pro-health.
But a 99 cent hamburger patty from McDuck’s?
Your imagination is not capable of conceiving the nightmares that bovine experienced.
A single hamburger patty can have meat from 100 different cows! Holy shit!
Them feed-lot cows are raised densely packed in a field of shit, shitting all over each other and eating genetically modified grain covered in shit. Add to that a weekly pump of hormones, antibiotics and steroids.
The beef inside them cows goes on marinating in a bath of stress hormones and chemicals for years while they get XL fat on herbicidal corn and sleep in a shit pile.
Result? Bad karma, bad taste, upset gut and a beef patty with low-nutrient density. Based on my person experience and research.
High-impact nutrients like omega-3 fatty-acid, carotenoids, linoleic acid are depleted.
The WHO has likened the consumption of processed meat as having a carcinogenic effect on par with smoking cigarettes.
The pro-health properties are reduced in feed-lot beef and the anti-health properties are magnified.
You can argue grass-fed over grain-fed all day. It’s not so much the feed, which is questionable enough, but the inherent implication of how feed-lot beef is processed.
Factory farms put dat beef on a long assembly line where it is exposed and manipulated in questionable ways. Contamination is normal, but chemicals like ammonia gas are introduced as ‘processing agents.’
This article is about health, so I won’t even get into the ways in which the cattle industry is destroying the environment. Giving up beef would reduce your environmental impact more than giving up your car.
So how do you know whats what if it’s not labeled?
Trust your senses. Beef sourced naturally is colored a beautiful shade of deep red where as the mass-market beef typically has a light brownish color. Same in comparing red wild-caught salmon to pink farm-raised.
To me, natural beef tastes and smells better when cooked.
Trust your gut. Have you ever eaten a bad hamburger and had indigestion? I have a sensitive stomach and this always happened to me when I’d eat a cheap mass-market patty.
Nay-sayers will go around and around with you trying to disprove the science behind organic vs. non-organic, open-range vs. feed-lot etc. … Truly, there is a lot of science-free hype out there.
All I can say is that if you are in touch with your gut, you might feel a difference when you eat high-quality versus mass-market.
Can you feel the nutrients surging through your bloodstream?
Can you feel the boost a clean piece of meat gives your brain?
With beef and other food, I generally assume that the larger the production scale, the lower the quality. Farmer’s market on the positive end of that grid.
Consider The Source
It is unrealistic to seek perfection in avoiding things on the anti-diet list above.
You’d have to make near every meal yourself with the utmost discipline. Or drop some serious $$$ at places like Whole Foods for pre-made dishes.
More to the point is considering the source of what you are eating.
I like white bread and alcohol.
I get a baguette from a local French market where an old lady makes them the traditional way in a small oven (good baguette is a thing of beauty).
Is she using the same flour as the bread you get at super-mart? Maybe. But she isn’t adding baking soda or strange filler to have it rise faster and shelf longer. I do not eat bleached hamburger buns or rubbery sub-sandwich rolls.
When I have a drink, it is single-malt scotch, fine-wine, or a German lager (purity law).
I do not drink miller lite, plastic-bottle vodka or bottom-shelf whiskey. Budget alcohol is derived from poorer quality ingredients and the fermentation process yields a higher number of impurities.
For a sweet tooth? I seek out cane-sugar products and ditch the corn-syrup. Syrup gives me an upset stomach and puts a drag on my brain. I think this has something to do with the way it is metabolized.
The gist is, in most cases, if you are buying the cheapest food, you are getting the cheapest ingredients.
And in the modern era, many of those ingredients are not even food. Whether they are fit for human consumption is up for debate
Consider the source and eat well.