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Count Chemicals Not Calories

Count Chemicals Not Calories

Potato chips

 

Why do I say count chemicals not calories? I hear people on a daily basis talk about their diets and watch them eat “diet” foods. I’m sure you have either seen or tried some of these foods, the Weight Watchers, Special K, Fit & Active, Diet Soda, Fat Free, Sugar Free, etc. Microwavable dinners are convenient and quick for the busy person and yes it comes in a small portion usually but counting those calories should not be your goal for a healthy body. Processed foods are filled with preservatives, fillers, GMO’s, MSG, sugar, and chemicals that are banned in Europe but allowed here by the FDA.  The chemicals that are in the foods can cause cancer over a long period of time, now if that doesn’t bother you than it should.  Food should not be made in a lab.

Processed food products

 

Walk through your local grocery store and take a look at how much food comes in a can, box, freeze dried package or bag versus the food you can get fresh from the produce section and butcher. Read the labels! Don’t just look at the promise on it that it has less fat, less salt, less sugar etc. Big companies get paid big money for marketing products to consumers with false information. The ingredients should be less than 7. If the box lists more than 7 ingredients, put it down and walk away. If you wish to eat seafood, great but do research and ask questions about whether it is wild caught or farm raised. Whenever possible choose wild caught and research the type of fish you prefer to ensure you are not consuming more than a safe amount of mercury. You can check out this website for an idea, http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/tc/avoiding-mercury-in-fish-topic-overview.

tiny meal consisting of one shrimp, a tiny potato, and a single short asparagus stalk
tiny meal consisting of one shrimp, a tiny potato, and a single short asparagus stalk

 

Diets are about restricting your calories. Some give you a list of foods that you are not allowed to eat that are high in sugar, fat and carbs. Our bodies require a certain amount of calories to process our foods and distribute nutrients to our muscles, bones, and organs. The lowest body fat for women should be 25% and 20% for men. Diets don’t work, using portion sizes and consuming more vegetables and protein than starch does. There are tons of books out there on various diets that promise you will lose weight quickly. Losing too quickly can harm your body. Everything is a process and it takes time. The average is 2 pounds per week and the first couple of pounds will be water retention.

Tight fitting pants

 

What bothers me most is the sheer fact that people truly believe they have to starve to lose weight. At one point in my life, I did stop eating 90 % of my daily food. I was heart broken and had no appetite at all, I lost a pound a day for a few weeks. I didn’t do it to lose weight but it worked at the time, I was looking good. It was not at all healthy and since then I learned how to eat right. Stress as we mention in the emotional eating post is a killer on our appetite. I have gained weight from stress and struggle more often than not but cutting our the processed foods and eating my vegetables helps a lot.

 

Anti bloat food chart

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10 thoughts on “Count Chemicals Not Calories”

  • Hi Candice,

    You hit this one right on the money!! I totally agree and can relate. People have no idea what is in their foods and hygiene products. I myself wrote a post on this issue more directed to beauty products though. Great job on getting the word out, Consumer Knowledge is key so people can make wise and healthy decisions. Love this…

    Cheers
    Agnes

    • Thanks so much Agnes.  I have one geared toward the personal products on my holistic home site.    Great minds think alike!

      Best

      Candice

  • Hi Candice,
    I love your article. So many people are counting calories. You made us aware that we should be counting chemicals too. Nowadays, it is difficult to find boxed food that has less than 7 ingredients. We are consuming lots of chemicals indeed.
    Thank you for creating the awareness. I will be counting my chemicals. If I can’t find less than 7, will go for the least then.

    • Thanks for the comment Sharon.  I always recommend fresh organic foods.  Food in a box is processed and is imitation.

      Best

      Candice

  • Interesting article. I definitely agree with you that people should be more careful about the ingredients that are in the food they buy. There are too many harmful ingredients that should not be used. Thanks for the awareness.
    When people count their calories they do so to lose weight. Chemicals don’t make it harder to lose weight, do they?

    • Chemicals definitly impact our weight loss.  If you consume foods with MSG in them, this will change the way your cells process the proteins, vitamins and minerals.  MSG is addicting and is known to cause cancer.  GMO’s are cancer causing and has been scientifically proven to change human DNA.  I lost 15 lbs alone from getting rid of all the processed foods in my kitchen, my hubsband lost 30 lbs.  Processed foods can be natural food that was stripped of it’s vitamins, and added artificial ones in, colored, filtered etc.  Our bodies are not equipped to digest the large amounts of sugar, sodium, food dyes, pesticides and bleaching that happens to commercial food products.  I will edit my post to add more information.

      Best

      Candice

  • Hi there
    Many thanks for the great informative post. This is a big issue today, as people are bombarded with books and online courses and what actually happens is they are overwhelmed with information.
    I like your advise and as you say we don’t need to starve ourselves today in order to lose weight.
    Education is half the battle in my book and the other half is proper goals and guidelines.
    I know that there are some great inroads being made at schools today, as a lot of parents are really concerned for their kids.
    I think that if we get it right at the schools, going forward, we will have taken great steps to combat this issue.
    Thanks for the great post
    Cheers PB

    • Hi Phil, thanks for the comment.  Education on nutrition does start when we are kids but I believe it should be done as a family unit.  School lunches are severly lacking in proper nutrition and I can understand why to a point when it comes to the financial budget.  Organic food is expensive and feeding hundreds of children 3 times a day is immensely expensive.  I would personally love to see more gardens where the children and families can grow the food and understand where it comes from.  Understanding how food is processed by our bodies is another task for the schools but there is a fine line, hence why a nutritionist is a much needed person in everyone’s life.

      Best

      Candice

  • Being diagnosed recently with diabetes I am always looking for great sites like this to help me out with eating decisions.

    The world became so difficult with what I could eat and couldn’t, that’s why I m greatful to people like you for providing me with such great information. Thank you

    dale

    • Looks like we are in the same boat Dale, I was recently diagnosed with Diabetes type II as well but I refuse the medications they keep pushing.  I have been studying alternative medicine for a few years now and I can control my numbers if I watch what I eat, drink, exercise and reduce the stress. Have your metabolism level checked as well, I know mine is slow and there are ways to speed it up.  Keep in mind that different sugars will be processed differently in your cells.  Feel free to message me anytime for help.

      Best

      Candice

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