Last week I discussed how the food we eat affects liver function. I believe that knowledge is power. So knowing the damage processed food, particularly ultra-processed food, does to the liver (and thus overall health) can empower us to make better decisions about food. When we choose Real Food, we are respecting our bodies. And choosing a path towards lifelong health.
Wherever you are on your Real Food journey -- whether transitioning to Real Food, or in the midst of a sugar detox or another clean eating detox program, or cruising in complete control of your Real Food destiny -- If you need a reason to keep on trucking', just think about this image of a happy liver.
The take another bite of that nutritiously delicious Real Food and celebrate your health 🥗🍏🥕🍗🍖🥓🥚🍳🙌🏽👊🏽💥💚
What Is Food?
But let's take a step back and consider the overarching question of "What is food?" We probably don't think much about this concept because our innate understanding is food is what we eat or drink, right? But if you "Google" this question, the definitions all discuss food in terms of nutrition:
Hmmmm . . . Now there's some food for thought 🤔 Food is way more than just what we eat or drink. Food has a purpose. To provide essential nutrients to the body. And the body needs these nutrients:
- For energy
- To maintain life
- To support growth
In other words, food is the delivery system for essential nutrients needed to sustain life. Real Food -- food that is whole, unprocessed, unrefined and closest to it's natural form is synergistically balanced to provide these essential nutrients that the body needs and can readily use for energy and life!
Real Food = Nutrients = Energy = Life!
But so much of the food sold in stores is processed. Don't believe me? Read this article 👉🏽 Mental Steps
So while food nutrition labels might provide the numbers to represent nutrition. And the marketing and advertising on the packages may promise nutrition. If the INGREDIENTS Labels list words (ingredients) that you don't know, don't understand, can't pronounce, or sounds like a chemical. This is not the quality of nutrition the body needs 😝😶👎🏽
I am not advocating to ignore the nutrition labels. Go ahead, if it's important to you. But the real truth about what is in that food item is listed in the INGREDIENTS 😀😍👍
Now, not all processed foods are bad. For example, frozen produce that only lists the whole food like spinach, broccoli, berries, etc. is still Real Food. But frozen foods with, say, a cheese sauce or some other sauce/additive is closer to the ultra-processed end of the spectrum. And ought to be avoided 😝😶👎🏽
If you are interested in learning more about the unhealthy impact of processed foods, particularly ultra-processed foods, read this 👉🏽 First Steps
Bottom-line: If you want a healthy, happy liver. If you want to eat food that delivers nutrients for energy and lifelong health. THEN EAT REAL FOOD. And the most effective way to do this is to "Read Words (Ingredients), NOT numbers" 🙌🏽🤓📖😍