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January 22nd & Processed Vs. Fresh

Obviously, when we speak of processed food compared to fresh food, it is no secret that fresh food is the route to take. Speaking in terms of easiest to access, buy, and make - the competition is a little closer. If we take any care for what we put into our bodies we know and can attest that processed foods are not the healthiest decision and negate much of the work that we put into making ourselves healthy. Our bodies have trouble breaking these foods down, as pointed out yesterday in the comments of yesterday post, processed food can also have much sodium attached to it. When you sodium intake is poor - poor health conditions thrive (such as heart attack, exhaustion, stroke, etc.). This topic of Sodium will be discussed at another time though because right now I'm still learning. So, what I want to do is get some more opinions on the idea of Processed Vs. Fresh foods. Today...let's discuss the benefits of Fresh food. If you have additional information -- please comment below!

Fresh foods...

- ...contain natural vitamins and essentail nutrients
- to build immune system
- ...will help fight off harmful bacteria entering the body on a daily basis
- ...are able to be grown by the consumer (you)
- the digestive track (better digestion)
- ...lowers chances of obesity (a person can still get fat on fresh foods though)
- ...increases your chances of fat loss
- ...contain natural sugars which provides for the sweet tooth (fruits)
- ...provide energy

Now, these are not all of the benefits and I'm sure I am missing a few vital positive benefits of fresh foods. Please fill me in if I am. I would not be doing any justice if I just said that there are no setbacks to fresh foods. While they are the healthiest route - buying fresh costs money. If you are not able to grow your own vegetables or fruits and have no local farmer's market -- then you are left with the grocery store in which can charge crazy prices for very little quantity and/or quality. This is my solution though - stop spending the money at fast food joints and you will have more to buy healthy foods with. It's an idea.

Food Intake:

1. 1 1/2 cup of Cornflakes with 1/4 cup of walnut pieces.
2. 1 Banana
3. 4 oz chicken in fresh salad (romaine lettuce, cucumber slices, carrot shavings, tomato) w/Italian dressing
4. About 18 petzels
5. 12 oz diet pepsi
6. 3 peanut butter cookies - (small girl scout cookies)
7. 5-6 oz garlic herb chicken
8. Mixed cooks vegetables (squash, carrots, brocoli)
9. Sweet & salty peanut bar
10. 20 oz sprite
11. 60+ oz water
12. 1 cup plain yogurt blended with 1 banana, strawberry slices, mixed with frozen blueberries, blackberries, raspberries


Treadmill: I did not get to work out today-----not cool.

Miles til Goal: 982.76


-J.Darling said...

This may be a by-product of fresh foods, but I've found that, with the equalizing of body chemistry that comes from eating fresh foods, emotional well being is increased, the logical mind is clearer and it's easier to focus.

A great challenge is to eat fresh for 2 weeks - and not stray. Then see how you feel. :)

(Often times too, I've found that buying fresh, on sale foods, boots financial wellness as well, and offers variety! I just made a parsnip, turnip, beef stew/soup in my crock pot that was AMAZING. Root veggies were on sale - so I tried something new and found out that tasty roots can often substitute for carb heavy potatoes and they are more nutrient dense!) :)

Great discussion!

-J.Darling said...

Forgot the link about connections between depression and processed foods. Just "food" for thought. ;)

-J.Darling said...

One last tip on buying fresh foods - AVOID the big grocery stores unless there seems to be a really good sale. I've had great success in cutting spending (and buying fresh - and mostly local) by heading to places like Henry's, Wild Oats, etc. ;)

seth said...

The majority of our fruits and vegetables come from grocery stores such as walmart, country market (just a small store)
. About 8 months out of the year a local farmer's market sets up shop and hey are rather inexpensive. There is also an Amish bulk store which sells there produce rather cheaply.