Diet Change is a Process of Transformation

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Maintaining a Disciplined Diet After you have Made the First Step

Changing your diet is by no means a simple task. It is actually a process of transformation. One of the reasons that many of those that take this task on feel that they are not successful is simply that it is easily underestimated. Identifying, and eliminating toxic foods from the diet is the first step. In order to keep up resistance to toxic foods, you have to compose a diet that will address nutritional needs, as well as desires for certain tastes, or foods.

Addressing Desires, and Cravings of the Appetite

As a part of a balanced diet,

the taste for sweet things is natural. The best approach in confronting this part of the appetite is to give it equal attention. Anticipate that monster that inevitably will rise up, and demand cupcakes at unreasonable hours. Finding healthy alternatives can be satisfying, and stimulate the senses. Dried fruits, such as medjool dates, mission figs, raisins, and coconut are effective in satisfying sweet cravings, while delivering essential vitamins, and minerals. They make effective snacks, when paired with pecans, cashews, and, or walnuts. They are also useful for enhancing meals with naturally sweet flavor.

Balancing the  Diet

The concept of dessert has fostered many unhealthy eating patterns. It is better to include naturally sweet fruits, and vegetables by incorporating them in your meal, as part of the layers of the dish. The most important aspect to good food is balance. You can combine dried fruits to vegetables, in soups, stir fry with other vegetables, and fish, or in any variety of meal preparations. Try chopping Medjool dates, add pecans, tomato, green onion, cucumber, grated ginger root, and Romaine lettuce, Buttercress, Spinach, or Swiss chard for a meal on the go. In these ways, composing your own diet can stir up creativity, stimulate the mind to reach further to satisfy the appetite, and wake up the palate with nuances of flavor, and vitamin power.diet change; a process of transformation

Tips on Selecting Foods at the Market

Choose those that list simply the fruit itself, and no additional additives. This ensures that you have the most enjoyable experience in eating healthy. Select raw, unsalted nuts, when possible, and avoid those that contain added oil. Additives can weight your system down, instead of giving you the energy you need from food. Inspecting ingredient labels may seem tedious at first. Once you zero in on what you’re looking for in a product, breaking down labels becomes easier.

Additional Ingredients for a Healthy Diet

Dried fruits are only one example of whole foods that satisfy the appetite for sweet foods. There is a whole host of fruits that can deliver on this. Tangerines, mandarins, Asian pears, Bartlet pears, apples such as Fuji, Gala, and Honey-crisp, oranges, cantaloupe, honey-dew melon, watermelon, grapes, peaches, plums, and coconut are just a fraction of the healthy choices that are available. Beverages that contain higher natural sugar concentrations include, apple juice, (additive free), orange juice, (fresh squeezed), grape juice, (no additives), and pomegranate juice, (no additives). Due to their high sugar content, they are best consumed in moderation, supplemented with spring water to address thirst.

Toxic Food Trap; What you Don’t Know About your Food Choices can be Lethal

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toxic food trap; photo of hamburger orderYou want to stick to a healthy diet.  You may find yourself on the road, hungry, without visible options, other than a gas station, fast food restaurant, or convenience store. What do you do? The best solution is think ahead. Invest in a quality cooler, and buy groceries in advance. Life is not always so simple. Where you live geographically, and available transportation can influence your decisions. I can tell you from personal experience, it is possible to survive in the wild mystery food lands across America.


Some say that what does not kill you makes you stronger. Don’t throw your sense of caution out the window just yet. Here is your guide.

Hungry On the Road

Convenience stores, and gas station food are notoriously overpriced, and under represented. Maintain your scrutiny, and you will survive the inconvenience.

Road Food Additives

There are a few simple guidelines when purchasing food in the galaxy.

  1. Steer Clear:  Msg., and High Fructose Corn Syrup. 

Msg., or Monosodium Glutamate is a popular condiment used in fast-food, and particularly in Asian fast food in America, as well as a broad range of prepared foods commonly found on store shelves. Used as a flavor enhancer, and associated with an array of chemical reactions, resulting from it’s consumption. From migraines, indigestion, to mood swings,  the use of Msg. as a flavor enhancer, simply does not justify the results.

High fructose corn syrup, (HFCS), incorporated into American food, and beverages, as a less expensive substitute to sugar, and as a texture agent in processed foods. Sugar has been historically more costly to import in the US., due largely to tariffs imposed by international, and domestic politics. This laboratory manufactured substance is not properly metabolized in the human body, and when accumulated in the system, attacks the linings to such major organs as the liver, and kidneys. The threshold for accumulation can vary from person to person, and is influenced by factors, such as the density of the organ’s linings, which may be pre-determined by heredity. Continued use of HFCS can lead to symptoms associated with such diagnosis of cancer, diabetes, and organ failure.

Salt is as lethal as sugar when it accumulates in the body. Both make the blood more acidic. Acid’s action is to eat away at whatever matter is in it’s path. If you find yourself face to face with the fast food industry, order with discretion.

Customize your Order

Order sandwiches plain, so that they might be cooked fresh. Request your burger, chicken, sandwich, fries, or anything cooked, without salt.  This further increases your chances that the food is fresh-cooked, and you can add salt using your own discretion. Many establishments think nothing of going overboard with the salt shaker. Avoiding the condiments means avoiding  further mystery. Bread, biscuits, batter, sauces, and seasonings often contain HFCS, regardless of whether they are white, wheat, artisan, or sourdough breads, or gourmet etc.

For foods that are deep-fried, such as fish, or chicken, ask for no batter. To this request, anticipate the shock, and uproar. Some foods, common at many fast food, particularly at chicken restaurants are already pre-battered before being cooked. Though if you catch the site of a cook with a pan of flour, make your request. Batter is worse than the fine print in a contract. Not only do you not know what’s in it, the retailer is not required to notify the public.

Know Something About your Food Choices

Ask if the fries are actually cut from real potatoes. Dehydrated potato flakes don’t have the same chemical reaction in the body as the whole food that contains essential vitamins, and minerals. If fries, or foods contain seasoning, ask for no seasoning, or for the seasoning on the side. This will at least give you the opportunity to look at what you are avoiding.

Additional Notes on Food

For pizza, request extra light sauce, thin crust, and minimal toppings. If there is sauce in the dish, common in most cuisines, request it on the side. Some hamburger restaurants make burgers that contain a higher ratio of additives to ground beef in hamburger patties. These burgers may resemble something like a slice of meat loaf, (mysterious meat). Meat bi-products, and an array of fillers make up a large portion of these additives, and subsequently contribute to a higher ratio of fat. 

  • Skip the biscuits. Many baked goods, including buns, and biscuits are made with HFCS, which doubles as a sweetener, and enhances the texture of the bread, and bread products.
  • Avoid sweetened coffee creamers, particularly flavored sweetened cream.
  •  Thinking about ordering from the breakfast menu, be careful. It is a little known fact that some fast food breakfast menus will make you drowsy.
  • Look carefully if your selecting a salad. Don’t buy salads that don’t look fresh.
  • Avoid snack cakes.

Healthy Beverage Options

Skip the soda fountain. One of the largest segments of the American food supply that contains HFCS is the beverage industry. Skip the ice. Go for bottled water, or juice. For bottled water, choose a brand you recognize. They are not only sourced from different locations, additionally, the type of source indicates the method of purification, or filtering., that often varies. At convenience stores, fast food restaurants, and gas stations, choose juices that don’t contain added sweeteners. Always select 100% fruit juice, when possible. V-8 may be a better option than soda. Don’t assume, read the labels. Those .99 cent can teas usually contain HFCS. Skip the dairy products, which can create much inconvenience, and turn your good day into a nightmare. Natural products will give you more energy to handle driving conditions.

If you are on a gluten-free diet, have food allergies, or health issues, it is best to purchase whole foods at grocery stores, markets, and road side stands.

RESHAPING YOUR APPETITE

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appetiteHow to Change Toxic Eating Habits

Toxic foods and substances wreak havoc on the human body with or without ones awareness. If a bag of chocolate candy lays beside you, chances are you might eat more than you intend. Chocolate candy appeals to your appetite, by stimulating your body’s reward centers. When I eat a piece of chocolate, I feel its reward in the moment I am actively eating it. After it passes through my palette and on its way through the digestive process, this feeling of reward disperses.

Toxic Foods Exploit Appetite



The reward lies only in the moment. This is the principle of toxic substances. They lure our nearsighted appetite, engaging our physical senses at the entry point of the body, smell taste, touch. As the process of digestion unfolds, we’re faced  with the toxic substance’s path of destruction: Tooth decay, bloating, joint pain, joint stiffness, dry, brittle skin, hair and nails, weakened immune system, abdominal discomforts, bladder and kidney affections, irritability, lack of mental clarity, headache, high blood pressure, irregular moods, and vision disorders are a few examples of the destructive impact of these toxic substances in our system.appetite; toxic foods, soda bottles on a store shelf

If your health is already compromised,  such as if you have migraines, arthritis, injuries, certain sensitivities of mind, body or mood or any of the conditions listed above, you will feel the path of destruction in the affected areas first. Controlling your appetite is one of the basic actions you must take to combat toxic food’s exploitation of your physical senses. Just as important as it is to eat the foods that aid in your body’s natural healing process, it is equally important to eliminate toxic foods from your diet.

Understanding How Toxic Foods Manipulate Appetite

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Drinking lemon water can help your body in healing, and detoxifying

Consuming water and fruit or the juice from raw fruits for one day can flush your system and reset your palette. In order to understand the level of toxicity in many common highly sweetened processed foods, try this for 2 and 1/2 days. After the second day, continue with this pattern, though for lunch, eat a donut or a snack cake. You should immediately feel the toxic strength of sweeteners that flood your system. If you were to continue for 4 days in not consuming processed foods loaded with additives and sweeteners, drinking only water and consuming raw fruits, your understanding would be even greater when you pick up one donut and prove to yourself how fiercely these toxic foods enter the blood stream. This demonstrates how the process of detoxification works.Your understanding is necessary to start to change your eating habits and regulate your appetite.


If highly processed, sweetened, refined foods are your default diet, your body builds up a tolerance to these foods. Your appetite adjusts to accommodate higher levels of sugar and salt in your diet, at least until that accumulation causes a malfunction. When you reset your appetite by detoxifying, you will taste your food as it is, and can make food choices based on the perceptible results. You will become more sensitive to what you put into your system and your senses will become more acute. If you continue to eat more fruits throughout the day, you will begin to successfully eliminate cravings for toxic processed foods and refined sugars.

Improving Appetite; Avoid the Toxic Food Trap

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In order to keep up a healthy diet it is necessary to discuss the barriers that have made a path for an unhealthy diet. Level of availability, prices, transportation, lack of information, time constraints all play a part in long-term poor eating habits. When people know that they can buy healthy foods, they do so regardless of social or economic status, demographics, education level, race or nationality. What you find in many of the statistical information is a snapshot of current conditions. If produce is unavailable to a segment of the population, the statistics reflect that. That is not to conclude these conditions are necessarily desired.

Cost, availability, and quality are three of the major components to maintaining a healthy diet. The price is frequently an invitation or a barrier. Knowing that you can afford to buy enough fruit and vegetables that you do not have to eat junk food in any part of your day can significantly reduce unhealthy eating choices and reset your appetite. One method of addressing cost is buying fruit and vegetables wholesale.

Save Money by Eating Healthy

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You can save up to 50% off of your grocery bill by purchasing fruits and vegetables wholesale. One 40 lb. case of apples may cost you anywhere from $25-$40 depending on the variety, seasonality, and the wholesaler. In comparison apples purchased retail can cost $2-$3 per pound. Oranges by the case may cost anywhere from $18-$28 for a 40 lb. case. A 25 lb. case of fresh tomatoes costs approximately $14-$20. A 50 lb. case of fresh potatoes can cost around $18, far less than the $1-$1.50 per pound price at the grocery stores.

You can also select your desired condition of fruits and vegetables. If you buy your tomatoes green they will last longer, turning red as they ripen over the course of up to a week and a half. Always buy bananas green as they have a brief storage life, usually no more than 6 days. The storage life of these commodities will depend as much on the conditions in which they’re stored. It is advisable to do some research on commodity specific storage methods and recommendations for best results.

By investing in fruits and vegetables you effectively stave off hunger, offset craving for processed foods, snacks, and desserts, and readjust your appetite to eliminate future cravings for toxic foods.

                                                                                                                                                        

 

 

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