Symptoms Linked to Addictive Foods
Have you struggled with stress, fatigue, headaches, brain fog, skin problems, constipation or bloating?
All of these symptoms have been linked to addictive foods we eat. These are foods that are packed with sugar, food additives and/or preservatives. It’s strange, but you think you feel better when you eat them… only to find your energy goes south after you indulge yourself. You may feel exhausted or even feel a headache coming your way.
Why You’re Better Off Saying NO to Convenience Foods / Fast Food
Fast food and convenience foods may seem like a friend to the busy family trying to save money. However, it’s really not as friendly as you might think. Eating these foods regularly has consequences that greatly outweigh its benefits to your lifestyle.
Here are a few problems to ponder about fast foods/convenience foods:
- The average fast food/convenience meal can have as many calories as you need for an entire day.
- These meals tend to be high in saturated fat – that’s the fat that causes heart disease.
- Food from fast food restaurants tends to have high amounts of preservatives.
- Some fast food restaurants serve meat with fillers known as “pink slime” that are treated with harsh chemicals.
- Fast convenient foods may not contain the necessary vitamins and minerals for good health.
- These meals may not contain much fiber which helps to keep digestion regular and lowers cholesterol.
- The cost of treating medical conditions caused by a poor diet are much greater than any money you could save on a value menu.
- For the first time in history, children are having problems due to obesity that once plagued only adults such as type 2 diabetes and high cholesterol.
- While it may seem convenient and inexpensive, the real cost of a convenience food/fast food diet can be devastating for your health.
- Many restaurants are offering better choices which may be more expensive. However, as consumers, we need to be diligent and prepared to ask the right questions when ordering.
What You Eat Matters!
Start connecting the dots and you just might come up with a pattern… or start keeping a food journal with what you have eaten and how you feel after you eat.
Start reading food labels and avoid foods that have a long list of ingredients. The fewer ingredients the better… and be sure that you recognize those ingredients.
Isn’t it time to seriously think about a healthy eating plan? Too many people think it means some kind of rigid diet. They might understand that it has some great health benefits, but they associate it with something negative. This is a big mistake, and because of that, many people miss out on the enormous benefits of healthy eating.
The Benefits of Saying YES to Healthy Eating
Once you let go of the fast convenience food habit and replace it with clean foods, you’ll begin to see immediate benefits. First you may notice that after meals you no longer feel weighed down by heavy foods. Healthy foods tend to leave you feeling light and energized while fast food tends to make you feel heavy and lethargic.
You may also enjoy one or more of the following benefits:
- Clear Thinking and No Brain Fog
- Metabolism Improves
- Lower Cholesterol
- You Feel Strong and Energized
- Your Skin Is Healthy
- Less Stress
- Less Bloating
- Your Digestive System Improves
- Lower Risk of Heart Disease
- Reduced Risk of Diabetes and fewer problems if you’ve already been diagnosed
- Your taste buds will start changing and you realize that you now crave real fresh clean food!
You will be choosing a life that’s free from many of these health problems associated with a diet high in calories, fat, and sodium. Eating healthy when you’re busy can be a challenge but developing new habits will help you to succeed!
When you start planning your meals with more clean whole foods and stick to it, you’re on the path to enjoy the important things in your life! Not only do you release nasty toxins that have found a home in your body, but you jump start your metabolism into high gear and you are more energized.
Planning your meals and snacks is an essential part of your success and lack of planning will have you in the fast food drive-thru in no time. You’ll be tired and hungry, and that natural instinct will kick in and steer you sideways.
How Do You Know If Making Healthier Eating Choices Can Help You?
Get tuned in to your body. How do you feel when you wake up in the morning? Do you feel exhausted? Maybe you’ve been having some body aches. Do your muscles feel tired? Are you experiencing “brain fog” and just not able to focus? Are you stressed out? How is your digestion? Are you easily agitated?
When you start connecting the dots with the food you have eaten and how you feel, as mentioned above, you need to increase your awareness and recognize the foods and beverages that have their “hook” in you! How do you feel after eating certain foods?
This awareness can help you make healthier choices, and it will help you recognize the changes that will take place in your life. You will begin to understand that our bodies are constantly bombarded with toxins and eating more whole nutrient-dense foods is like having a gentle cleanse to keep your health moving in the right direction.
When you start choosing more nutrient-dense clean whole foods, you can break the chain that keeps you tied to the foods that may produce long-term health problems for you.
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