Monday, January 30, 2012
My New Years wish for all of us...
Recently I cut out sugar and booze (any kind) and gluten and fats that don’t come virgin or cold pressed. Added more fish and beans and veggies and fruit, yup I have lost weight (quite a bit actually) and weirdly I seem energized and quite happy about the way I am feeling. They say when we clean up our diet we have a health crisis. I notice I play a bit too much tennis and need to balance out the sport with more cross training and a day extra of easy active rest, my health "crisis" is tennis elbow and sore knees, ouch. Still I seem to be unable to take complete rest since I have two giant dogs that need to move everyday and they prefer me to go along with them, lucky me. My point is we are constantly reminded to eat food in magazines and ads that flood the airwaves both on television and online. Late at night the television is flooded with food commercials promoting sugary high fat foods that if eaten will be detrimental to us at anytime, especially at night.It seems evil to me that these ads are legal. It's at night when we are alone and sleepy and probably most vulnerable to want bad things. Shouldn't we be protected? Food commercials followed by commercials promoting pharmaceuticals for almost every ill that if you were to list what those ailments are they stem from eating too much of the wrong food. These pills with the fast voiced warning read by the fastest speaking voice-over genius warning of death. These potential side effects are pretty bad most are even worse than the original ailment. Are we insane? So let’s get this straight if we reduced what we consumed by half without cleaning up the menu we lose weight, it’s a fact. So if we clean up what we eat with say less processed foods, more live organics and maybe stay away from gluten and sugars we lose weight and feel better. If we reduce these foods by half we lose weight and reduce the chances of diabetes among a long list of potential ailment its fascinating, it’s a fact. I know curing illness isn’t a simple dietary fix but from being free of sugar and booze and gluten (30 days so far)I feel amazing and I sleep deeper and longer. I think the foodies who are religious about a veggie based diet may be onto something. Don’t get me wrong I know not all illness comes from a crap chemical filled diet, still it does seem that those who consume processed food 100% of the time are getting sick a lot. Just imagine you are filtering some dangerous chemicals into your body daily that the FDA support not because they are safe but because it is big factories like General Mills with lobbyists in Washington spending millions on policy who don’t have our best interests at heart. So maybe it is simple to think just clean up your diet and you will look and feel better and ward off cancers of all kinds or not. I know that I am a big fan of good wine the taste of interesting reds but I dislike the next day after effects. The hangover, the bloat, the weight gain. I dislike feeling fat and chunky and never seeing the scale budge lower. Will I ever take a sip of wine? Yes, probably but I have a goal weight, will I make my goal? I hope so, I am certainly open to getting there and open to failing too because I am not perfect. Still I think we deserve to have a processed food free media and portions sizes could be reduced by 2/3rds. It pains me to sit down at a good restaurant and look at a plate that could feed four comfortably yet it is meant for me alone. Yes, my husband and I we share an entrée’s when we eat out otherwise it feels like a huge waste. So my New Year’s resolution isn’t just for Obama’s reelection or world peace and an economic recovery? I want those things too but I also want or wish for all of us to be inspired to eat better, be more active and love our bodies by eating clean. Health, Wealth, Love and perfect Self expression I wish this for all of us. Ho!
Posted by Rae Dawn Chong at 12:04 PM