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There’s no one way to eat food, and no one way to prepare it. Food is the essential human truth – we all need it to survive, to sustain ourselves, and we can all delight in the ways that we fuel our bodies. Sadly, the idea of food as fuel has been perverted, shifting from whole foods and the primal delicacies that our bodies are genetically programmed to enjoy and focusing instead on how many ways we can deep fry a Twinkie (or an Oreo, or bacon, or whatever).

That’s bullshit.

Humans are bound to crave fats and sugars because when we were living in caves those things were hard to find. We are literally programmed to gravitate towards those foods because they provide us with energy, both in the short-term and the long-term, giving us a better chance to survive through tomorrow. But guess what? Fast food is actually hurting your chances to survive. Something that’s processed beyond being recognizable as its original form will never be good for your body. So why would we fill our bodies with this processed crap?

Part of it is, as I mentioned, the primal instinct to reach for fats and sugars to fuel ourselves – these things used to be rare. But nowwe have margarine (a fake oil product designed to mimic butter), canola oil (a genetically modified organism that is processed from rapeseed oil), and high fructose corn syrup (basically the devil itself and also makes your stomach fat. No, really.)

Part of it is the amount of advertising we’re subjected to, yes, but that’s a matter of self-control and impulse control. It’s also an issue of the sped-up life – the idea that faster is ALWAYS better, and a meal for four from the drive through is quicker (and therefore better) than a meal for four prepared from fresh, whole ingredients at home.

When did we start valuing our health less than the time it takes to preserve it? TWITTER PINKTEXT

So how can you make this better? Reach for whole foods – things that came out of the ground, or off an animal or a tree. Things that you can point to where they exist in nature. There’s no high fructose corn syrup tree. Chickens aren’t normally shaped like nuggets.

If you can’t point to where it came from, don’t put it in your body.TWITTER PINKTEXT

Here are some basic guidelines for eating clean (that is, choosing the least processed foods for the best possible nutrient absorption):

Want ways to get more veggies into your diet? Try making a veggie stirfry and top it with shrimp or another healthy protein!

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July 15, 2013

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