It is fascinating and remarkably bombarding and confusing how many “diet” books are available to the market, that Good Morning America promotes a different nutritional finding each day, that there is an entire isle at the Giant grocery store dedicated to weight loss products and low-cal/fat food.. and yet America’s masses are only getting larger. It doesn’t seem that we’re living in ignorance, how could you with headlines shouting about Bloomberg’s soda ban or the sky-rocketing increase of childhood obesity? I don’t believe we’re sitting in our homes bingeing on McDonald’s and washing it down with a 20 oz Coke, but perhaps I’m giving us too much credit? I do think American’s are trying to be healthful, that a growing number are embracing plant based food, leaner proteins and the recommended whole grains. But why isn’t that working? Perhaps it’s not what we’re eating, but what what we’re eating is comprised of that is the culprit.
I don’t have the medical or scientific background to explain this as eloquently as I’d hoped, but I suppose in laymen: the wheat we consume in our bread today [even whole grain] is not the same as what our great-grand parent’s had access to [it’s been genetically modified over time for durability], the fish we consume are often grown in tanks, the snacks we find in the isles in the market are primarily factory engineered. And though these foods look like what they ought to, their chemical composition’s have altered so greatly over time that our bodies are no longer able to recognize them or digest them properly, leading to weight gain and the diseases that accompany it.
So what do we do? I stay away from foods with labels and shop the perimeter of the market [the produce section, and fresh seafood and poultry for Andrew]. I buy organic, seasonal and locally grown produce when my budget permits to limit my pesticide intake and any GMO’s present. I ensure that the animal products Andrew eats are organic, seasonal and wild caught fish and free range chicken. When I do buy packaged snacks I ensure I am familiar with every ingredient. If it wasn’t in my great-grandmother’s pantry, you’re not going to find it in mine!