You Are What You Eat

You know the old saying “You are what you eat”?  Have people forgotten about that? In today’s world everyone is in a big hurry and we want everything now. Our lives have become so busy. Everyday people are driving fast, eating fast, preparing low quality foods fast, sleeping less, and moving less. Convenience is top priority for most these days. I admit, I am guilty of a couple of these and I want to change it.

When did washing an apple and eating it as a snack become such a pain in the a**? I never really see anyone walking in the park or an outdoor mall just snacking on an apple or any other whole food. People ask me many times what are some healthy snack ideas? It puzzles me a bit.  Have they forgotten that grocery stores sell fruit and vegetables and many more wholesome foods. I tell them a few whole food ideas and they often reply “I don’t like that.” Really? The more I have talked with people about this, the more I realize that these days going to the store or the farmers market, buying some fruit and veges, taking them home, washing and cutting them up for snacks is a pain in the a** for some folks. Well here is the deal, let’s all slow down, start going to the farmers markets, shop the perimeter of the grocery store for fresh whole foods, actually prepare them for cooking, cook them and sit back and enjoy them. Do your body good:)  You might find that you feel better and are less cranky. You might just start to enjoy these healthy foods.

Whole Foods vs Processed Foods

Whole foods are foods that come naturally from their source whether it is a plant or animal. Whole foods contain all of their original ingredients. Whole foods will provide you with all the vitamins and minerals your body needs. These foods have a short shelf life, they are full of flavor, have bright vibrant colors and are rich in texture. Whole foods contain antioxidants and fiber.

My summertime salad/Arugula, honeydew, raspberries

Processed foods have had many of their natural nutrients removed in order to be used in other products. Many processed foods contain added artificial ingredients, preservatives, sodium and sugar. These ingredients are put into food to extend the shelf life, enhance flavor and/or color, and maintain food consistency. There are still questions on the effects that these additives may have on our bodies. Why chance it with these foodstuffs? Do you think it is easier on the body to breakdown whole foods with their natural nutrients or processed foods with all of these creepy ingredients?

Processed food label with creepy ingredients

So what was your snack or lunch today? I would love to hear your thoughts:)

Food I am obsessed with right now:)*some info provided from www.healthteacher.com and www.naturalnews.com

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About nthefitzone

Hi, my name is Allyson. I am a 40 something yoga and Pilates teacher. This blog documents my passion for yoga, Pilates, running, strength training, nutrition, and healthy cooking. I hope to inspire others to find their inner athlete, to get strong and healthy, to set goals and reach them. Age doesn't matter. Anything is possible with hard work, determination, drive, commitment and passion. Follow along for some healthy fun and find your inner athlete. It's in there, just waiting to shine :)

Posted on July 24, 2012, in This vs That and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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