Ignorance is bliss when it comes to the world of “healthy” eating.
I think a lot of people think they eat healthy. Sometimes when I talk to people about my decisions regarding the food choices I make, it seems they don’t really take it in and understand why I’m making these decisions. Why I choose to search and search until I find eggs from pastured hens that are not supplemented with any soy, corn or grain in their diet. They don’t understand why I choose to find meat and raw dairy products from cows that are 100% grass-fed. They simply say, “Yeah, I mean, I eat pretty healthy too.”
But do they?
– Do you choose to drink raw milk instead of pasteurized milk (this includes raw dairy products too)? Someone please tell me why they have to add synthetic vitamins to pasteurized milk (because it’s dead of all things good for you, obviously)? Shouldn’t we be able to drink something that has naturally occurring vitamins and beneficial bacteria and enzymes in it?
– Do you choose to use healthier oils like coconut oil and extra virgin olive oil that is unfiltered, unrefined and cold pressed?
– Do you choose to know what vegetables should be purchased organic?
– Do you choose to eliminate health-robbing, sugar filled soda from your diet?
What about meat??
Do you just buy “free-range” and “organic” meat and egg products simply because of the title, “free range?” Or maybe you don’t even bother for the “organic” meat products.
On the outside it may see you are eating the right way. You know, if you go about your daily life eating your fruits and veggies and make sure you have some sort of meat on your plate. You sometimes eat sweets and occasionally you’ll pick up dairy queen or mcdonalds if you’re in a hurry or if that’s what you’re craving.
People, that is not eating healthy! Eating healthy is about knowledge. You have to ask questions about the food you’re eating.
You need to know and understand where the animal came from. You have to actually think about the process the animal had to go through to get where it is now- on your plate. Was that animal treated humanely and allowed to roam free, grazing on what nature has intended it to eat.. grass? Or was that animal a freak show, confined and pumped antibiotics and hormones? Fed things like soy, corn, grains and sometimes even a mixture of dead remains of other cows!? Animals that are chained up are not happy and NOT healthy.
What about vegetables? You need to know how your vegetables were grown. What type of soil was used to produce these health giving foods? Were they grown with love or were they grown with just money in mind? No wonder tomatoes at stores don’t taste the same as the ones grown in the garden behind your house. There is no love and passion when producing these vegetables.
Eggs are a common misunderstanding because it is easy for a manufacturer to label them free range. Did you know “free range” or “cage free” can simply mean they are not in cages? But there are still thousands of birds stuck in a warehouse with only 1 2×2 foot opening for them to graze outside. Some chicken farmers claim their birds don’t like to be outside. Chickens are meant to be outside! They are meant to forage on insects and grass and to be outside in the sun. So, to eat healthy means to know the difference between a “free-range” egg and pastured egg. Please click here and watch this short video about the difference between a free range egg and a pastured egg.
What about the toxic cleaners you use? The toxic laundry detergents, shampoos, body washes, toothpaste, deodorant, lotion!? Your skin is your largest organ and if there are toxic ingredients on the clothes you wear, the lotion you put on your skin, the shampoo you wash your hair with… what makes you think those toxins won’t absorb into your body? This is a whole other topic that I will go into on a different post but I thought it would be beneficial to get you thinking about this too.
You are what you eat. Plain and simple. How healthy is it to eat an animal that was chained up and unhappy their whole lives? If the chicken eats soy, you eat soy. If the fruit was grown with use of pesticides, you eat the pesticides. If the cheese you eat comes from cows that are pumped with artificial hormones, you are consuming those artificial hormones.
I’ll say it again, to eat healthy is to have knowledge. It’s about asking questions. Not about doing hours upon hours of research. Don’t know what questions to ask? Ask someone what questions you should ask. There are many people around to share information.. the right kind of information. Your health is crucially dependent on what you choose to nourish yourself with.
Don’t use the, “Well, my ______ has eaten like that and they are fine.” Or, “We were fed that as a baby, and we’re okay.” I can’t tell you how much I can‘t stand when people say this. Yes, genes play a factor and you may be the lucky one that got strong genes passed on. But not every one gets that lucky and just because you are okay now, does not mean 5, 10, 20 years from now (with the type of “healthy” eating you’re doing) will you be okay. If they jumped off a bridge and survived, will you jump off of it hoping you will survive too?
Do yourself a favor and know what is in your food. Put things in your body that have been grown with love and passion.
When you know and understand what you are putting into your body then you know what it is to eat healthy.
Until next time,
Loriel – Healthy Roots, Happy Soul
p.s. Don’t feel bad if you have never thought about what goes into your food. It’s not your fault you didn’t know. But now you know and now you can make a change.