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So you think you eat a healthy diet, do you? Well, if you can place your hand on your heart and say in all honesty that you are at your correct weight and you are healthy, fit and feel good, then we can believe you. But… if you are overweight and not so fit or healthy, there might be some underlying cause. That cause is more often than not diet related. So let’s look at what you might need to be avoiding in your diet even if you think its okay to include it.
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In my last post in this mini series of looking at how healthy certain foods are in our diet, The Health of Our Meat, I took the meat industry by the horns and spoke a few home truths! Well, now its the turn of the dairy industry, as if you aren’t still reeling from all this stunning knowledge!
Most of us in the West have grown up on cow’s milk and its derivatives such as yoghurt, cream, butter and cheese, but is it as good for you as the so-called experts keep telling us? Well, not to deflate you any more after learning that meat and vegetables are not up to scratch, but there are one or two thing you need to know about cow’s milk and what use it is in our daily diet. After reading this, you might change your own views on the need to even continue consuming dairy produce in adulthood.
The last post here, The Health of Our Crops, looked at the crop farming industry and how organic farming can turn things around with regards our health and wellness. So here, I’ll look at the benefits of eating organically produced meat and poultry and the downside to intensively reared and farmed meat.
First, let’s look at what we already know about intensively farmed livestock. Knowing exactly what is in your food can make a big difference to your overall health. Cows and pigs, which are herbivores, are fed with protein rich feed that can also contain ground up flesh and bones of dead farmyard animals. Many people simply don’t know this, or if they do they choose to ignore it because the idea is pretty disgusting to have to think about. If this isn’t bad enough, these poor abused animals are also regularly fed a diet rich in growth hormones and antibiotics which make the animals reach maturity much faster than they would naturally.
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The last post, Healthy Despite It All, took a swipe at what is wrong with the farming industry and the food that is produced for our tables. It also looked at solutions that are available in organic farming practices. So in this post, let’s carry this subject further by taking a look at the way in which our crops are farmed organically.
With better soil to grow in and far fewer chemicals to leech into their flesh, organically grown vegetables herald in an era where slowly but surely, farmers are realizing that they can return to traditional farming methods whilst still employing modern technology to make it all easier. Make no mistake, it is hard work making this transformation and comes at a dollar cost, but in most cases that cost can be offset by higher profits down the line.
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It is an aspect of modern life that many people want to take the easy way out whatever the task at hand may be. When it is a case of having to lose weight, then they look for the simplest diet they can find and look upon exercise as something that they will avoid at all costs. So they turn to what are often referred to as convenience diets, or those diets where a company makes all your food and ships it to your home.
There are several different weight loss diet companies that provide their customers with convenience diets that are designed to make the dieters’ lives as easy as it is possible to be. At least as easy as life can be when you are on a calorie controlled and often portion restricted diet that is designed to help you lose weight. Which you choose is often down to either personal preference or in many cases as far as your bank or credit card account will allow you to spend on one.
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If you have done any research into the alkaline diet then you will have learned that it is in essence a fairly simple dietary protocol. The idea behind it is that over the centuries, Western diets have continued to move away from the consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables and towards a more processed acidic diet. These days we consume more empty calories than ever in soft drinks and fast foods. The alkaline diet simply proposes consuming more fruit and vegetables as part of our daily diet. This is really just common sense with some supporting scientific evidence.
Acid forming and base (alkaline) forming foods are classified based upon the nutrient and mineral content of the foods not the actual pH of the foods themselves. A typical example is oranges. These are of course acidic but when eaten exert a base effect upon the human body. This is due to the relatively high potassium content.
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