After attending neuroscientist (study of the brain) Caroline Leaf’s “Think & Eat Yourself Smart” workshop last weekend I wanted to summarise some of the key messages that I believe will greatly improve our relationship to food.
Think BEFORE you eat
Seems pretty straight forward but do we actually think about WHERE our food came from? WHO manufactured it? HOW it got from being a seed or a tiny baby animal onto my fork?
Chances are probably not. We so mindlessly choose our food according to what the big supermarkets put in front of us & this is not always the best way to approach our relationship with food. We assume we are making “healthy” choices for our family, (not just for our bodies but for our wallet) when in fact this can be quite deceiving.
So what questions should we be asking?
Did this cow or chicken eat the diet they were created to have & were they raised in a happy environment?
Research shows mass production has seen the rise of grain fed meat raised in cruel conditions to keep the bottom dollar low at the cost of our health.
Besides being cruel, when an animal is stressed out it can actually affect the nutrient content & taste. Grass fed & happy cuts of meat are always the healthier option. (Don’t turn your back on this for the cost of saving a few pennies please vote with your fork)
Was this veggie or fruit in season & was there heavy pesticide use involved?
Unfortunately these days’ fruit and veggies are picked before ripe & grown in depleted soils compromising their nutritional value. Additional to that, heavy pesticide use can be the cause of hormone imbalance. Organic fruit & veggies in season are always the best choice by far.
How much processing went into the food you are eating?
The real simple answer to this question is; check the food labeling. If you cannot understand the ingredients chances are it should not go in your mouth! Get smart and start to do your own research about certain additives & preservatives in so called “healthy” foods as eliminating these will do wonders not only for your health but also for your waistline.
Who picked & packaged this food?
Ensure your food is fair traded respecting the workers who produced it. Buy from local farmers (farmers markets are brilliant if you have a local farmers market please comment the location below) as it not only helps our economy, but it also helps to keep our food being compromised by mass production.
Is it manufactured in an eco-friendly way?
It is our responsibility to look after the planet for the next generations to come so a vital question to ask ourselves if we want to create a less toxic world. Most manufacturing companies will disclose this information on the packaging.
Some of the above questions will strengthen your value system about food manufacturing. It will give you more conviction to “vote with your fork” which is now my favorite saying. If you want to see the manufacturing of food become friendlier for our bodies & for our environment we need to be united in one mission & VOTE WITH OUR FORK!
Lastly, which I will elaborate on in a sequel blog is our eating routine…
Do we value a sit down dinner with family & friends where we actually experience love and food combined or do we watch reality TV with our dinner?
The top number one addiction in the world is LOVE over anything else including cigarettes & alcohol. FOOD is the number two addiction. So if we are designed for LOVE & we need FOOD we must have a healthy LOVE for FOOD in its most natural REAL form.
Do we give thanks and are we grateful that we actually get to eat food?
We are so very fortunate & daily reminders of this will strengthen our relationship with food.
LOVE eating REAL food & enjoy the process…
Yours in hormone health & fitness,