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Food (good and bad) Is There Anything Left to Eat?

When it comes to the plethora of diets on the market today, we’ve entered the Twilight Zone. Starting with the Atkins Diet, then the South Beach Diet, and now the Hamptons Diet, there are a variety of diets to choose from. All are greater in protein and lower in carbohydrates, but the difference should be made based on carb quality rather than singling out one nutrient. If you’re following the Atkins Plan, the South Beach Diet, or any other high protein/low carb diet, just switch from poor quality carbohydrates like refined flour and sugar products (think: if it comes in a box, it’s probably low quality) to more whole-food carbs like fresh vegetables and fruits.

You decide between apples and apple jacks

I understand that the classic Atkins Diet discourages the consumption of fruit due to its high sugar content, but consider this for a moment. Although I believe that an apple is a healthy food, I believe that a bowl of Apple Jack’s cereal is not on the same level. One is highly processed and sweetened with white sugar and corn syrup, while the other is natural and sweetened by the sun. Which one would you pick? Don’t avoid fresh fruit for the sake of sticking to your low-carb diet. Eliminating nutritious, whole foods isn’t the greatest method to improve your eating habits, but substantially reducing your intake of excessively processed meals is. I came upon a website that referred to it as GM or MM: God Made or Man-Made. It begins to make more sense if you consider those words when making meal choices. No one says you can’t eat chips or whatever else you want, but keep them as a treat and consume GM items more frequently.

Common Sense Diet

The question of what to eat will be answered by common sense. Avoid processed foods, not natural foods, if you’re on an Atkins, South Beach, or other low-carb diets. Instead of using “instant” breakfast, try cooking entire rolled oats. Sure, you’ll have to wake up 10 minutes earlier, but that’s life. You deserve it! You can still eat a higher protein diet, but this one change will allow you to stick to your eating plan for the rest of your life rather than just a few months. If I couldn’t have my daily apple, banana, or other fruit, I’d go nuts. Fruit is my favorite. I believe that humans need sweet foods for a variety of reasons, including vitamin C and other nutrients, such as bio-flavonoids.

Can You Be Addicted to Fruit?

When I heard someone say they were “addicted to fruit,” I had to question what they were eating. People who refuse to eat fruit because it contains too much sugar are likely to devour cookies, crackers, and sugary cereals. They may even consume chemically flavored and sweetened beverages, but they refuse to consume natural foods grown on our planet? When you think about it, that makes no sense. Did processed foods help our planet flourish and thrive? No, absolutely not. They are relatively new in our world’s evolution. Quite recent. In reality, processed foods have only been around for fewer than 200 years, despite the fact that our planet is millions of years old. With our high obesity rate and high consumption of processed foods, it’s difficult not to conclude that one causes the other. You won’t hear big businesses argue that point since our economy is based on our purchasing things made by the corporations that employ us. Even if it were proven accurate, “scientists discovered refined flour kills” will never be publicized since it contradicts our way of life. The industry is required.

I can imagine a society without the mass-produced meat business after seeing the outbreak of foodborne diseases such as Mad Cow and now Bird Flu. Because the giant farm sector cannot ensure the safety of the food supply, it will come to be that only your local farm will be authorized to sell meat. The meat will become significantly more costly since there will be nowhere for prices to go but up once they can no longer mass manufacture it. So, do we complain and whine about our misfortune, or do we begin to think of meat as something to taste and enjoy, like the Sunday roasts we used to have? We didn’t eat meat every day back then, and we weren’t particularly overweight. We just consumed fewer packaged meals. Most of us grew up with our mothers preparing our dinners, lunches, and sometimes mornings.

Yes, technology advances, but when it comes to your body, common sense prevails. The Diet of Common Sense! Today, try it on for size.