Check out my pinterest boards with dozens of foolproof and delicious recipes! Real Food Defined So what is real food? I consider real food: Food that is as close to its natural and original state without any alteration of any kind. But before I give you more detail into what you should eat and what you shouldn’t eat let me give you some very powerful information and statistics. Can eating a healthy diet prevent chronic disease? Here is one of my favorite quotes ever. There is an undeniable correlation between nutrition and disease.
A general conclusion that can be drowned is that reducing and modifying an unhealthy lifestyle will substantially decrease, if not eliminate, risk factors in developing chronic disease. If we obtain the proper nutrition, the body, the cells, and genes, will become more resilient and capable to conduct the complex mechanisms of the human body and at the same time detoxifying and preventing disease. There are thousands and thousands of studies that have made the correlation that poor nutrition is linked to chronic disease and yet, after knowing this valuable information, there are still millions of people dying from it. The quality of food we eat has a huge impact on our well being as a whole. By studying molecular genetics I was able to see this first hand. When you feed your genes right, your genes change. You turn on genes that prevent disease and turn off genes that promote it and simply evolve your body in such a way that you maximize your body’s full potential. Chronic diseases are the leading causes of death and disability in the U. 7 out of 10 deaths among Americans each year are from chronic diseases.
Obesity has become a major health concern. 1 in every 3 adults is obese and almost 1 in 5 youth between the ages of 6 and 19 is obese. US population are obese, one quarter of the population! Coronary heart disease is the most common type of heart disease, killing more than 385,000 people annually. Every year about 935,000 Americans have a heart attack. Diabetes continues to be the leading cause of kidney failure, non traumatic lower-extremity amputations, and blindness among adults, aged 20-74. We are getting sicker and sicker. The US is predominantly sick, and sick care is what we have upon us. We are ultimately the ones to blame, but there are also contributing factors to this sick care society, these being the food and pharmaceutical industry for sure. These two giant industries are profiting from a sick population.
They are, and will continue to make that their mission. Because of the big influential food and chemical lobbyists that exits in the white house, keeping a toxic and sick population is their main concern, goal and aim. Making cheap, unsafe and poisonous food is a huge business and to make sure that the food and pharmaceutical industry can continue to do this is where lobbyists come into place. Do you want to guess how much money these lobbyists spend a year making sure you and I have a greater chance to be and remain sick? There is a total of 3. 28 billion dollars spent by lobbyist each year in Washington making two of the biggest ten lobbyists the agribusiness and big pharma industry. Agribusiness lobbies represent a diverse collection of special-interest groups, including large food manufacturers like Kraft, huge agricultural companies like Monsanto, and tobacco companies. 150 million each year, funding campaigns and pushing legislation through Congress. On the other hand, the pharmaceutical and health products industries have been one of the biggest and most powerful lobbies in Washington. Drug companies enjoy more power and influence in America than with any other government in the world.
Sure these industries play a huge role in determining what is in our supermarkets, restaurants, pharmacies, schools etc but we all ultimately still hold the key to our own health. They can make it as hard as they would like it to be but I will never give up and bend to their nonsense policies and money making food strategies just because they are every where. The good news is that people are starting to catch up and demand better quality products. Slowly but shortly we are seeing more organic and natural products out there and sending a message that perhaps will reshape how these companies think in how they conduct business. Understanding that eating healthy should become a priority and not falling in the sick care trap is key. Increasing health care costs, an obesity epidemic that is upon us, private industries that profit from a sick population, and suffering from a chronic disease that can decrease once quality and expectancy of life are reasons enough to want to turn things around, don’t you think? With a rich real food diet you will obtain an array of needed nutrients that will contain a high concentration of antioxidant phenolics, fibers and numerous other phytochemicals that may be protective against chronic diseases. Eating real food it simply a win win situation.