Convenience Foods – At What Cost to Your Health?

Years ago I proclaimed to my family that the next house we bought would not have a kitchen since we never seemed to spend time in it. Whew! While living life in the fast lane, our jobs and childrens’ organized activities jammed our schedule and there seemed to be no time for the “inconvenience” of food preparation. Does this sound like anyone you know? When was the last time you made a meal from scratch? What is so bad about a busy and thrifty person stocking their pantry with frozen dinners, or packaged and canned “goods” anyway? Let’s look at four reasons to rethink our choice of selecting convenience and short term savings over long term health and vitality. 1) Fructose This inexpensive form of sweetener in processed foods was introduced commercially about 35 years ago to replace glucose. It is now the number one source of calories in the average North American diet and a major contributor to weight gain. With high and long term use of fructose, the hunger hormone ghrelin is increased and the hormone that tells you that you are full (leptin) is decreased. Your brain keeps sensing hunger and prompts you to eat more. Do you wonder if the corporate food giants are aware of this physiological mechanism? Fructose also raises blood triglycerides. 2) Genetically Modified Ingredients GMO’s are causally linked in animal studies to infertility, immune system problems, gastrointestinal problems, organ damage, dysfunctional regulation of cholesterol and insulin, and accelerated aging. In the U.S., the American Academy of Environmental Medicine issued a memorandum recommending that all doctors prescribe non-GMO diets to their patients. 3) MSG...

A Quest for True Health and Wellness

Rosella [fictitious name] hated her body. For the past several years she had been fighting her weight with a net gain every year of 5 to 10 lbs and she was now uncomfortably and frustratingly obese. How could this happen, she wondered? She used to take pride in her athletic abilities and personal strength. But now, she felt that she was dragging through her days, just waiting for diabetes, high blood pressure or worse, to inevitably overtake her health and then what would she do? She was getting more and more depressed about her health and her life in general.   She had tried every weight loss fad, pill and exercise regimen that came along and God knows there are tons of programs on the market. But it all seemed like scams since they never seemed to work for her. She had reached overwhelm and just wanted to give it all up. She was just so tired of it all. Then, her hair started falling out. For Rosella, this seemed like adding insult to injury. She had always prided herself on her beautiful shiny auburn hair. And now she was worried about her thyroid. Her doctor wished to put her on Synthroid, but it felt to her that it would be the last step on a slippery slope of decline and she just couldn’t bring herself to do it. She knew there must be something else she could do. An article in the Connector seemed to jump out at her and her intuition told her to follow up on it. She attended a class where she learned that our bodies...