What do your favorite dessert, a juicy cheeseburger and a Mocha latte have in common? Delicious as they may be and as comforting as they are going down, they are wreaking havoc on your body.  Do you seek out certain foods every time you’re stressed at work, or have an argument with your spouse?  Do you find comfort in eating chocolate, wolfing down a greasy meal at your favorite restaurant, or fueling up on caffeine every time you need a boost in energy or happiness?  The truth about the matter is if you keep eating what you’ve always eaten and drink what you’ve always drank to satisfy your cravings, you’ll continue the vicious cycle of food addiction.  And unfortunately, that’s the intention of food manufacturers.  While you can remain ignorant about some things, you can no longer afford to turn a blind eye to what’s in your food.  Why?  Because it has the power to cause you to become addicted to harsh chemicals, deplete your immune system and liver, and over time cause a wide number of illnesses.  In today’s newsletter, I’m going to spell out for you just what is in the foods you love so much and have likely become dependent on eating.  While many foods are truly healthy and provide your body with good fat, carbs, amino acids and protein, most of what’s now on grocery shelves does not.  Sad but true, the foods you may eat daily are filled with more of the bad stuff than anything good.  It’s time you knew the truth about what’s really in your food so that you can make a change to your diet and reap the benefits in a positive way!

The Truth About Juice and “Healthy” Sports Drinks

Athletes have become dependent on energy and replenishment drinks, and it’s common for them to drink one or two during a game to recharge and refuel. These drinks may be loaded with electrolytes (a hydrating component), but they are also loaded with sugar and excessive amounts of sodium.  The bottom line is, while they are hydrating your body, they are also stuffing it with added sugar and salt!  Juice, which is a beverage marketed for children, is delicious but loaded with sugar as well.  Take a look at the list of ingredients on a bottle of apple juice, and you may be surprised to discover that often the second ingredient listed is high fructose corn syrup.  Remember what I said in a previous message about the dangers of high fructose corn syrup.  Bottled juice also contains natural flavors, beta-carotene, modified food starch and a long list of ingredients that should leave you scratching your head.  Why does fruit need any added sugar?  It’s there because high fructose corn syrup is highly addictive, which allows us to crave it again and therefore buy it again and become dependent on bottled juice as our preferred beverage of choice.  Try this instead: Blend up some of your favorite whole fruits with nonfat plain Greek yogurt, low-fat or almond milk, and almond butter to enjoy a healthy smoothie.  This means along with all the natural sugar you’ll be getting the fruit fiber too.  Add protein powder to make it a well-balanced meal replacement, or a guilt-free dessert.

The Truth about Low-Fat Foods

Low-fat foods are tempting to purchase when you’re trying to lose weight. And it’s even more tempting to eat more of them – after all, it’s ok to have twice the amount since they’re lower in fat, right? Wrong! Low-fat foods may have a lower amount of total fat grams, but usually make up for it in bad carbs, salt and sugar.  Take a look at the labels of a fat-free food, such as crackers, and compare it to its regular version.  If you notice, the fat-free version of the food will have a long list of added ingredients that make up for the lower amount of fat.  Which one is better for you?  Would you rather fill your body with a few more grams of fat and less chemicals, or more chemicals and less fat?  I know which option I prefer – the one with a little more fat and less, or no scary chemicals.  Whether you’re picking up yogurt, crackers, cream cheese, bread or a frozen meal, consider the whole package.  When it comes to your body, do you want to fill it with high-quality ingredients or the alternative, a nutrient-lacking quick fix?  With every food you eat, there is always a trade-off.  Eat more of the real, whole foods (which are higher in quality and quality ingredients!), and eventually you’ll be able to eliminate the chemical-stuffed foods altogether.

The Truth about Your Favorite Restaurant

For many people out there, it’s easier to just go to a restaurant, order a meal that excites your palate, and let someone serve it to you with a smile. Unfortunately, your delicious meal isn’t just loaded with a pleasing presentation and aroma.  It’s also loaded with an excess of butter, sugar, salt and fat that will stick to your ribs, your waistline and your thighs.  Did you know that sugar is sprinkled onto restaurant-served fish to make it appear glossy?  Or that your cheeseburger that you enjoy so much may have been injected with sugar to prevent the patty from shrinking?  Even a grilled chicken dish served at a restaurant may be loaded with MSG and added fat, equaling up to 1,500 calories.  That’s a whole day’s caloric intake, but you’re getting it in just one meal!  Eating out once in a while is fine, but make dining at restaurants a frequent habit, and you’re doing more than packing on a few pounds – you’re actually causing illness and disease to follow.  When you focus on loving yourself and respecting your body – and what goes into it – no empty promises from gimmicky foods will take you down.

I hope you enjoyed today’s newsletter, and that it shed some light on the foods that you may be eating. Now you know the truth about food preparation, and so now you can do something about it!

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