Shapely Girl Countdown minus 2

Only two more days to starting our month of health with ShapelyGirl 

Today’s preparation is to Remove roadblocks to health!

Detox the cupboards and fridge!

Look for REAL FOOD …

This could take all day 🙂 –

But why not?  If I were having a life-saving surgery, there would be appropriate preparation before the surgery as well as planning for post-surgical health.

Our nutrients and exercise DO maintain our lives, so here goes:

Today’s Goal – Look for downfalls to healthy weight and energy and REMOVE THEM:

Why:  Many (especially the four white standards featured at most fast food restaurants) are chemically addicting, and some cause depression and anxiety – who needs that!

So:  Find a box, or shopping back and read labels to remove:

  1. Corn syrup – especially high fructose corn syrup (for me it is all corn products, and any other GMO grains)
  2. MSG – Monosodium Glutamate (also listed on ingredient panels in up to 40 different ways:
  3. Processed foods – read the list of chemicals in the label!  Yuck.
  4. White food – flour, refined sugars including sucrose and dextrose, shortening, and processed salt  (either get whole grain flour or consider going gluten free this month)
  5. Especially hydrogenated oil and partially hydrogenated oil of any kind
  6. Artificial Sweeteners – NutraSweet, Splenda, Aspartame, Sucrolose, Saccharin, etc.
  7. Nitrites (cause hormonal imbalances, allergies, food cravings, and lead to weight GAIN)
  8. All juices, bottled canned or in cartons – the only exception would be fresh home juicing to be used in recipes

What?!?  That was my reaction to the response of no juice after I proudly told my naturopathic doctor how healthy I was, replacing soda with pure fruit juice.

His response:  when God gave us fruit did He place bottles on the fruit trees?  He knew that I also knew why, if I’d only thought about it – I could consume A LOT MORE SUGAR from just drinking the juice instead of eating the whole fruit.  Not good …

OK – done?

Now, head for your garden or the farmer’s market, and bring in some real food!

Is. 55:2             “Why do you spend money for what is not bread,

And your wages for what does not satisfy?

Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good,

And delight yourself in abundance.

P.S.  One of the best health websites I have found is SELF Nutrition Data:

. Anyalyze your recipies, find your best diet, check the inflammatory reaction of each ingredient and more – make sure you are eating as healthy as you can!

And on the juice – a tidbit from Bellavitae – a Chef’s blog – about how juice is manufactured:

After the oranges are squeezed, the juice is stored in giant holding tanks and, critically, the oxygen is removed from them. That essentially allows the liquid to keep (for up to a year) without spoiling– but that liquid that we think of as orange juice tastes nothing like the Tropicana OJ that comes out of the carton.

In fact, it’s quite flavorless. So, the industry uses “flavor packs” to re-flavor the de-oxygenated orange juice.  When the juice is stripped of oxygen it is also stripped of flavor providing chemicals. Juice companies therefore hire flavor and fragrance companies, the same ones that formulate perfumes for Dior and Calvin Klein, to engineer flavor packs to add back to the juice to make it taste fresh. Flavor packs aren’t listed as an ingredient on the label because technically they are derived from orange essence and oil. Yet those in the industry will tell you that the flavor packs, whether made for reconstituted or pasteurized orange juice, resemble nothing found in nature.

These flavor packs are simply by-products that originate in oranges, so they are considered an “ingredient,” even though they are chemically altered.  What’s the point of drinking juice that is only palatable if it needs to be chemically altered?  Okay, it’s convenient, it’s consistent, and it tastes good.

Fruit juice is high in sugar, devoid of healthy fiber, and high-priced relative to fruit.  I think of fruit juice as a turbo-charged glucose and fructose injection

Drinking juice (or other sugar-loaded processed drinks) delivers sugar directly to the blood stream, which causes inflammation in our body’s cells, resulting in what scientists believe accelerates the aging process.  Oranges in one glass of juice: Three to four.  At 23 grams of sugar per orange (and 92 calories), one glass of juice has 69 more grams of sugar and 276 more calories than merely eating one juicy, satisfying orange.

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