Our Overall HealthFeatured, Health & Wellness — By NUG Magazine on September 20, 2010 at 12:00 pm
By. Tiffany Janay
As a consumer of all things cannabis, it is assumed that you are the one that likes to take the natural approach to caring for your body.Â Our overall health and well-being is probably the most important thing on oneâ€™s mind, hoping that in everything we do we are making the best possible choices.Â Sometimes itâ€™s hard to avoid the â€œbad things,â€ either because itâ€™s conveniently located or because we know itâ€™s bad, but donâ€™t know why.Â We often convince ourselves that we are too busy, too tired, and too overworked to really get on the right track and start taking optimal care of ourselves.Â Who has the time to research the new low fat diet, to count calories, or to find out how many grams of fiber they need daily?Â It gets confusing!!
About 5 years ago I was 50 pounds heavier than I am today.Â I had these same dialogues going on in my head until one day I decided to put my mind to unraveling the great mystery of living a healthy lifestyle and ending the continuous battle I had with my weight and health.Â Itâ€™s been a very slow progression for me and Iâ€™m still learning daily, but there are a few recommendations I have for you that can make a tremendous difference in your life; easy and understandable things that donâ€™t require much to figure out.
First and foremost, you must get comfortable with reading ingredients.Â Itâ€™s important to understand what is being used to create that food product you are picking up. READ INGREDIENTS AND NOT THE MARKETING!Â What I mean is that products are often marketed as â€œlow fat,â€ â€œhealthy,â€ â€œall naturalâ€ or â€œgood for kids,â€ when this is not necessarily the whole truth.Â When you read ingredients and get familiar with specific foods, it cuts down the confusion of whether that product is good for you or not. If there are ingredients youâ€™ve never heard of or canâ€™t properly pronounce, odds are, theyâ€™re not REAL food and are probably not a good choice to eat.Â Living a healthier lifestyle and feeling better about yourself can be as easy as eliminating 4 things from your diet.
Partially Hydrogenated Oils
Partially hydrogenated oil or plain hydrogenated oil can be found in many of the foods you probably enjoy today.Â It is added to food to help keep it fresh for a longer period of time.Â You can find it in baked goods, prepackaged food, and at most traditional restaurants.Â Unfortunately, it is detrimental to our health.Â Because of the way this oil is created, our digestive system has no way of breaking it downÂ and as a consequence,Â some of the problems it can cause are obesity, heart disease, cancer, clogged arteries, diabetes, high cholesterol, immune dysfunction, and birth defects. It raises bad cholesterol and lowers good cholesterol, and our bodies become chemically addicted to it too.Â Itâ€™s estimated that there are 50,000 premature deaths a year due to partially hydrogenated oil.Â To avoid this harmful ingredient choose cold pressed organic oils instead.Â Some of my favorites are coconut oil, olive, sunflower and sesame oil.
High Fructose Corn Syrup
Almost all juices, sodas, and flavored waters you buy are laced with this stuff. You can find it in just about any kid product like snacks, cereals, breads, soft drinks, and condiments.Â In short, itâ€™s like a sugar, syrup substance that they sneak into almost everything that has a sweet taste.Â It has also been linked to causing diabetes and obesity as well.Â If you love sweet beverages, invest in a juicer and make your own because then youâ€™ll know exactly what you are getting.Â Fruits are already sweet enough and donâ€™t need artificial sweeteners, thatâ€™s just unnecessary.
They say the best way to hide the truth is to put it right in oneâ€™s face.Â The marketers for the major food manufactures knew this detail to be true and are using it to their advantage. When artificial flavors are used, companies will always list it on the front of the package in plain view!! Itâ€™s not like other toxic additions in our food that are hidden in small print or in the list of ingredients.Â The problem is that they use all sorts of eye catching tricks to defer our attention, and after all, if they are blatantly telling us that itâ€™s in there, it must not be that bad, right?Â Wrong!!Â Artificial flavors are summed up into those two words with no further disclosure as to what actually went into making them.Â I honestly donâ€™t have the answer because in my search I learned there is a limited amount of information on the topic.Â What I do know is that they are using an assortment of chemicals to mock a certain flavor or scent, and often times they are imitating fruits and vegetables.Â Since we donâ€™t really know exactly what it is they are doing, and given that REAL fruits and vegetables are easily accessible, itâ€™s best that we stick to the real thing and stay away from anything artificial.
Artificial=fake and fake is not the new real!
White products are white bread, white flour, white sugar, and white pasta.Â The white I am referring to is traditionally referred to as â€œenriched.â€Â To enrich food means that they strip the natural grains of their nutrients and add in synthetic ones.Â This is an unnatural, man-made process, so there is much room for error.Â From my research, many of the foods that are enriched are fortified with iron, but the iron that they put into the food is actually not the good type of iron we should be consuming; itâ€™s metallic, which is more useful for building something rather than for our consumption.Â You can find this in many breads, tortillas, cereals, and pre-baked goods.
Eating any of these foods or ingredients alone can cause several undesirable reactions, so if you are eating marijuana to help treat certain illnesses or aliments, it would be a wise choice to select edibles that do not contain such ingredients.Â Eating edibles that contain harmful ingredients is not what you should be choosing to consume when attempting to heal yourself.Â Â Eating an edible may provide temporary relief, but down the road you are more than likely to cause more damage to your body or even irritate the initial problem you sought treatment for in the first place.
Often times our bodies break down or have aches and pains, which are signs of internal damage and possibly a direct result of what we eat.Â If you consume large amounts of poison and your body has a negative reaction, it is toxic to then medicate your body with more poison.Â You are causing an internal war, so make good decisions in the beginning to avoid this problem.
I find that there is a ton of information out there about whatâ€™s right and whatâ€™s wrong, and often times the info contradicts itself depending on where itâ€™s coming from.Â With that being said, the information I provide you with is based on my own personal research and should not be taken as complete truth.Â Instead, use it as a starting point into a lifelong journey of discovery.Â Allow my findings to welcome you on a new path of personal enlightenment.Â Take this information and expand your knowledge beyond this article.Â In order to make deep-rooted changes in your life you need to know this information for yourself, find the meaning, and make your own interpretations.Â The only expert one should rely on is oneself.
Itâ€™s not about what is being sold; itâ€™s about what is being bought.
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