decision to keep unhealthy foods
and ingredients out of your house
foods fill most of the shelves in the supermarket. Food
companies and restaurants advertise harmful foods constantly. They
create greasy, salty, refined food covered with cheese.
They tell us that these creations are nutritious....that they
provide the protein and calcium we need.
These statements are usually not true.
They are dishonest
advertisements designed to sell products.
friends and family members may eat unhealthy foods three times a
day or more.
It is socially acceptable.
But we want to
lose weight and be healthy.
For the best results, avoid the
following unhealthy foods:
- All animal flesh contains
cholesterol. Here is a list of high cholesterol
foods. You will be amazed at how much cholesterol is in
chicken and fish.
who have high blood cholesterol levels have high rates of heart
disease, cancer, and many other diseases. How important is heredity?
What are the
true causes of high cholesterol?
If we avoid all animal flesh we will avoid growth
hormones in food. Farmers use these to make animals grow
faster. If animals grow fast, they can go to the slaughterhouse sooner.
The farmer doesn't have to spend so much money on food and vet
If we eat food that contains growth hormones it will make us
can't avoid growth hormones by eating organic animal flesh.
Animals make natural growth hormones too.
- Fish are animals. Their flesh is contaminated
mercury, other heavy
metals, and pollutants. Wild fish and farm-raised fish are all
We do not need to eat fish to get healthy
omega 3 fats. Flax seed, walnuts, and hemp seeds are good
plant sources of omega 3 fat. Eat ground flax seed and leave the fish
in the ocean.
When we made vegan meals for the weight loss spa, some of the guests
demanded that eggs be added to the menu. They clearly did not
understand the egg facts listed
Avoid dairy products
Cows milk is nature's perfect food......for baby cows. Human breast
milk is the perfect food for human babies. Other animals don't drink
milk after weaning, and people shouldn't either. If you drink milk, please read these milk facts before
you have another glass.
Avoid added free fats
Every whole plant food contains fat, even
lettuce and apples. These
fats are bound up with the fiber, protein, and carbohydrates in the
plant. They are not "free." During digestion, enzymes in our stomach
and small intestine gradually separate these components. This natural
fat in plant foods is healthy and essential in our diet.
food industry takes foods
apart and isolates the fat into oils. These are free fats.
Food chemists treat the oils with chemicals, heat, and other processes.
They mix these processed free fats with other ingredients to make
thousands of unhealthy foods. Here are the foods and ingredients that
contain free fats:
These are not natural foods. The food industry adds hydrogen atoms to
unsaturated oils. This process turns liquid oils into solid shortening.
It creates saturated fats and trans fats.
The food industry likes hydrogenated oils
because they melt at a higher temperature than liquid oils. They are
cheaper than saturated animal
fats. Baked goods made with hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated
oils have a long shelf life. But they are very unhealthy foods.They
raise our cholesterol levels and clog up our arteries.
They are produced when unsaturated oils are partially hydrogenated.
They also occur naturally in beef, lamb, mutton, and dairy products. We
can even produce some trans fats when we fry foods at high temperatures.
Trans fats raise blood levels of bad
cholesterol (LDL) and lower levels of good cholesterol (HDL). They
increase the risk of heart disease. There is no safe level of trans fat
intake. Beware! Food manufacturers in the U.S. can list trans
fat as being zero grams if the amount per serving is less than
There are many different types of margarine. They are highly processed
foods that contain saturated fat to make them solid at room
temperature. Many contain hydrogenated oils and trans fats. Some are
even mixed with butter. Don't
try to find a healthy one.
There aren't any.
shortening. It is
just a type of margarine that is not colored yellow and contains no salt.
It is solid at room temperature. It contains saturated fat and/or trans
fats. Saturated fat and trans fat both raise cholesterol levels and we
should avoid them.
oil and all vegetable
oils. Oils are not whole natural plant foods. Bottles of
olive oil do not grow on trees. Olive oil is 100% fat and 100%
fattening. It is not a weight loss food!
Avoid white flour
Don't keep it
in your house and don't buy products containing it. If
the ingredients list says "wheat flour", it is white flour. If it says
"enriched wheat flour" it is white flour. If it says "semolina", it is
white flour. If it says "multi-grain", it probably contains white
It is hard to find bread or baked goods made of
wheat. Look in the freezer section of your natural food store.
Avoid isolated soy protein
This is used in many vegetarian meat substitutes.
highly processed using hexane and other chemicals. Meat
substitutes made of isolated soy protein may be vegan, but they are
Natural soy products like edamame, tempeh, and
are fine to use, although they are a little high in fat.
Avoid high frustose corn syrup
The food industry often uses this cheap sweetener
instead of sugar. It
has been linked with obesity, insulin resistance, and possible liver
damage. Sugar is an unhealthy food too, but it is more
natural than HFCS.
Avoid artificial sweeteners
The food industry is putting these in more and
more products, because
they are cheaper than natural sweeteners. Human
and animal studies show that there is a link between diet soda and weight gain.
Avoid the stuff. Natural sweeteners also lead to weight gain. Limit your
use of them.
Avoid food additives
If it sounds like a chemical we don't want to eat
includes artificial flavors and artificial colors. We also want to
avoid "natural flavors" because that is a code name for MSG.