Why do some foods cause horrible side effects on the body and brain? Particularly within 24 hours of eating breads, fried foods, and sugary desserts, I feel bloated, gassy and experience brain fog. My ability to think is impaired quite a bit and I am more irritable and fatigued than ever. These feelings after eating certain foods often impair my otherwise good mood and energetic nature. Over the years I have realized that eating these foods at the expense of feeling optimal is not worth it. Thankfully, I have learned the importance of eating whole foods full of nutrients, staying clear away from processed foods and rancid oils. By eating this way, I thrive both mentally and physically. And most importantly, I LOVE eating this way.
So What To Eat?
If you google ‘healthy diet’ the search engine will bring up over 185,000,000 results! Within that total, I would guess there are over a million different types of ‘healthy diets’ being advocated. So for the average Joe (or Josephine) who rightfully is seeking to follow a ‘healthy diet’ there is a high chance that he or she will fall prey to many false claims selling quick fixes or products.
Fortunately, the solution is more simple than most people think: just eat whole foods. When I say whole foods, I mean food that is as close to nature as possible. Things that only have one-ingredient are a prime example i.e. what are the ingredients in an avocado? Avocado. What about a container of strawberries? Just strawberries. Sounds simple right? Although an easy concept to understand, to the newbie trying to follow the path of whole-foods eating, the task can be quite a difficult one. Food manufacturers put so much junk in foods including sugars, soy, wheat, and rancid oils. A chicken vegetable salad from the local Cafe can be packed with inflammation causing vegetable oils and sugar in the dressing. In this instance, without any knowledge, good intentions can wreak havoc on one’s health.
What Foods Cause Issues?
In a nutshell, sugar and refined carbohydrates, plant oils, soy, gluten/wheat, and even non-glutinous grains and legumes can keep one away from their goals of optimal health. For those that are sensitive, dairy can be a culprit as well. Many of these foods lead to fat gain, heart disease, diabetes, inflammation, accelerated aging, autoimmune conditions, congestion, sleep issues, etc. Simply removing these foods from the diet has been shown to reduce, if not reverse, many of these ailments.
With this blog, my goal is to expose you to the world of whole-foods eating: the benefits and the good it will bring you in all aspects of your life. As a foodie (someone who absolutely loves food), I can assure you that eating exclusively whole-foods is a luxury in my life. I do not feel like I am missing out on life because I choose to say no thank you to crappy, nutrient-poor food. In fact, I am sitting in a local Oakland coffeeshop that is offering free samples of brownies and something they call “cookie muffins”. People are coming in, curiously taking a bite and then greedily ordering 2-3 of each. I guess they are that good? I can absolutely positively say that despite any indirect peer pressure, I do not have any desire to eat those “treats”.
For one, I am satiated from a whole-foods meal I ate close to 3 hours ago (that’s the beauty of eating good food: it keeps you full and satisfied and cravings-free).
Secondly, I know that if I take even a small bite, it will probably lead to a 2nd and then a 3rd (sugar is addictive if you didn’t know).
And thirdly, I just don’t want any and I am completely fine with that. It used to perplex me how people could say no to free food. Now I am happy to report that I am one of those people.
What about you? What are your thoughts about eating wholesome foods? How do you deal with temptation and peer pressure? Share your thoughts in the comments.Follow @soulwholesome