I started this food blog because
I LOVE food.
I love cooking food,
eating food and
shopping for food.
I think my lust for this necessity of life, has led me down a path of occasional laziness.
Partially to blame for my laziness is the evil, PROCESSED FOOD INDUSTRY.
The Food & Drug Administration has determined processed foods as being:
a. Anything that has been modified from its raw form
b. Any substance has been added to the food, such as sodium-containing additives, which makes the product less healthy.
Shocking Facts about Processed Foods
Research has shown, the increased consumption of processed foods by Americans over the last 50 years, directly relates to increased rates of heart disease and diabetes.
All those sugary and salty processed foods stimulate dopamine in your brain.
Your body reacts the same way, as if you were consuming an opiate drug.
F0od companies know this … and purposely engineer their products to have this effect; so you will keep buying more.
OMG, Is That in my food?
Cellulose, which is actually ground-up wood pulp, is often used as an anti-caking agent in bagged cheeses.
Sodium bisulfite, a toilet bowl cleaning chemical, is also used in potato chips.
Hydrogenated oils (PHOs) are chemically engineered products, which the FDA has deemed UNSAFE.
Sodium Nitrite is prevalent in most processed meats to delay oxidation. During the process of cooking these meats, sodium nitrite can combine with other compounds forming a carcinogenic N-nitroso compound. Two large cancer research studies concluded when ingested, these compounds are associated with cancer,
Now, I am as guilty as anybody else, I love potato chips, snacks and fast food, but I have got to make a change.
- to sleep better
- to lose some weight
- to feel better
My 7-Day Eliminate Processed Food Challenge
Starting today, I am going to try my damnest to eliminate all processed foods, for 7 days. Then, I will evaluate how I did.
Lisa Leake’s amazing book 100 Days of Real Food: Fast & Fabulous: The Easy and Delicious Way to Cut Out Processed Food
will guide me through this challenge. Click link to purchase your own copy.
But I am a realist…I know I have to take baby steps. I will fail if I take a full elimination dive.
Read my review of Lisa Leak’s fantastic book
My Challenge Rules
1. No refined grains, only 100% whole grain
2. No refined sugar
3. Ingredient list must be real foods, no chemicals, no words I cannot pronounce
4. No deep-fried foods
5. Beverages limited to water, milk, all natural juices, my ONE cup of coffee daily.
6. Heavy on fruits and vegetables
Six simple rules to this 7-Day Eliminate Processed Food Challenge.
Do you want to join me?