Choosing healthful foods has not always been so easy for me. I have an intrinsic sweet tooth and intense carbohydrate cravings (which aren’t necessarily bad things if I stick to whole, real foods). Knowledge keeps me on track. I think knowledge helps keep us all on track.
Today, if you don’t already know, I’d like to share briefly with you about why
- choosing fresh vegetables, including root vegetables, and fruits;
- avoiding food preservatives found in foods and drinks; and
- limiting sweeteners and sweetened foods
In your intestines live trillions of bacteria which are supposed to be there. They are called your “microbiome” and they
- break down and beneficially use substances in foods that your own body simply cannot.
- transform toxins (and potential toxins–like any food dyes or pesticides you ingest) that you eat into something the body can get rid of.
- make substances to inhibit the growth of illness-causing bacteria that you may come in contact with, like Salmonella or stomach viruses.
- make your own personal nutritional supplements, like B vitamins, vitamin K, and necessary fatty acids.
- help you regulate blood sugars, obesity, and your moods.
Choosing real, whole foods supports these helpful bacteria. Eating sugar-laden, preservative-laden, boxed foods deprives your body of the help it needs from these bacteria. Every day, every bite is a choice. Will I choose to strip my colon of these beneficial bacteria, or will I take the high road?
Will I eat for me? Or for my tongue? Or for the person whose feelings will be hurt if I decline?
I know what makes me feel best day-to-day. I know about the bacteria in there. I know what harms them. I can share my knowledge with my kids and husband in a loving, kind way so that they may also have the knowledge and power to choose.
I can share my knowledge with you that maybe you can go about your life making better choices day in and day out.
Don’t obsess. Don’t fret. There are times to eat cake. There are times of joy and feasting. But day in and day out, I’ve got some bacteria I want to take care of.
How about you?
PS: I know there is SO much conflicting information out there about what is and isn’t healthy. Meat. No meat. Grains. No grains. Beans. No beans. Carbs. No carbs. Dairy. No dairy. If you are a person who gets lost and confused in all of this, simply focus on making your choices as close to nature as possible. Read EVERY label if there’s a label. Honest and pure is what you want. Just like your honey’s heart.
Questions (and comments) always welcomed on this safe spot. And as always, don’t use my blog information as medical guidance.