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Do You Choose Taste Over Health?
What if I invited you to lunch and offered you one of three dishes: A bowl of crunchy potato chips, a bowl of juicy red grapes, or a bowl of leafy greens – which would you choose? My mother asked me this question yesterday as we debated my role in convincing society to change their eating habits.
I personally never saw my stance on health as a threat or even an aim to convince anyone. I only reveal my truths and hope to have a positive impact on others. However, when it comes to my family, I do feel a sense of responsibility to their well-being.
So, when my mom said that she would choose the chips because life is short, I became frightened. “Why do you really think you’d choose the chips, and do you really think they taste good?” I wondered. She replied by telling me that no one in this world wants to change and start adapting new ways. “It’s just hard,” she said.
How Do We Find Balance?
My mom is so right. Life is short, and it is hard to change. Chips taste good (to some). But, chips don’t taste the same to me anymore. I recently splurged a bit and had some Jays. Actually, I had a lot of Jays. That’s right, I couldn’t stop eating them. Until I got sick. But, I didn’t just get a stomach ache.
Why So Many of Us are Addicted to Junk Food
I asked my mom to consider that the genetically modified foods and artificial meals that we find at the grocery store feed viral, fungal and yeast infections; that they cause disruption and chaos in our systems. And, that once we eat them, we want more because infections want to thrive. In a sense we become addicted to these non-food foods and they begin to taste good to us.
I personally noticed that although I always ate my greens and seriously decreased my sugar intake eight years ago, I began craving sugar and chips like nobody’s business after my sixth round of antibiotics last year. At the same time, I knew it was wrong to eat these things when I was ill, but green beans and spinach tasted like metal to me at the time. Just before going to the doctor on my near death bed, I ate 3 Dunkin’ Donuts. I felt as though my body had been invaded by sugar loving aliens.
So many of us think that veggies are gross and that Thin Mint Girl Scout Cookies hit the spot. But why is this so? If you read the packaging and recognize that many of the ingredients in our food are not actually food, why do you think our bodies crave them?
I struggle with the idea that life is short and chips are good. I wonder if I hadn’t gotten sick if I’d still eat chips now and then. I can say that I’ve been detoxing heavily for about nine months now. I still get sick, but my mental clarity has never been at this level. Releasing toxins makes us sick, and it’s hard for some to find a reason to change their diets.
Eating Pure Opens the Mind
Eating pure foods has given my body a chance to recover from years of toxicity. It has made chips and candy look like lima beans do to veggie shunners. When you experience something as profound as this, it is hard not to share the joy and accomplishment with others. And, when you see others suffering with headaches, joint pain, infections or any other ailment, it’s hard not to try and help.
So, I’m not here to change anyone. And, I know that life is short. But, I think it’s important to always keep an open mind. Consider why we are told that dairy is healthy, or that we have to pasteurize milk. Consider who is paying for the advertisement for Healthy Choice Meals. Why don’t all doctors agree on nutrition or medicine? Is it because doctors are human and fallible? Is somebody making money at the expense of your health?
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Gina Laverde is a Chicago-based writer and researcher whose expertise in natural health stems from her experiences with Body Ecology Diet, Blood Type Diet and homeopathic remedies. Gina believes that we’re in the midst of a serious world health crisis, and that the key to survival lies within our guts.