You Are What You Eat

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Our bodies need fuel. But just like an engine your body needs the correct fuel. If you accidentally put E10 gas in your vehicle that doesn’t like E10 you can get the gas tank drained and the filters replaced. But if you consistently use the wrong fuel you’ll mess up your vehicle.

Working on the truck
Working on the truck

The same holds true for your own well-being. This doesn’t mean you can never have burgers, fries, and a malt. With most things, moderation and balance are the keys. Get that greasy takeout, just get it less often.

Too much fast food, or even home cooked foods that are high in the bad fats, or heavy in carbs and calories can be bad for you, over time.

sugar
sugar

As a nation, we consume slightly more than three times the amount of sugar used in 1900. The average American takes in 17 teaspoons a day. That’s slightly less than TWO CANS of soda. You and I know that most soda drinkers consume at least that much in a day OR MORE. Not to mention all the other items ladened with sugar. Try substituting a processed sugar item for an item with natural sugars, such as a piece of fruit.

Many conditions are aggravated by heavy sugar use. These include acne, aging, type 2 diabetes, Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, heart disease, obesity as well as increased risks for certain cancers and depression.

You can help yourself and your family by reading labels. Sugar is in many products. Cut back where you can. Substitute natural sweeteners when possible such as agave syrup, honey or fruits.

I do store sugar in my long-term food storage. Making a sweet drink or dessert in times of stress can help your family cope. Most food-storage sites suggest a combination of sugars, white sugar, brown sugar, molasses… totaling 60 lbs. If your eating habits change you may not need to store as much.

Long term preparedness doesn’t just include food storage. One needs to be in good shape. Eating too much fried and greasy food can also do you harm. Consuming too much fatty food can lead to clogged arteries, high cholesterol and blood pressure, nutrient deficiencies as well as weight gain and stroke.

whole okra fried
whole okra fried

Sure, deep fried foods taste great but they soak up a lot of fat. So do some pan-fried foods. For instance, pan fried okra and squash really soak it up! When choosing cooking oils choose oils that are better for you such as virgin olive oil, or avocado oil. Consider alternative methods of cooking. Grilling, when grilled outside over a wood fire really tastes good, even the vegetables! Consider steaming, baking and air-frying.

Avoid highly processed foods as well. The closer to the way nature made it the better. Read your labels when shopping. Keep the ingredients simple. If you can’t pronounce it do you want it in your body?

We’re experiencing a smaller selection of foods at the stores right now, especially meats. Consider supporting your farmer’s markets and locally grown meats/fruits/vegetables. The small farmer is stepping up to fill the shoes of the large processors. Help them out by helping yourself when you choose locally grown, closer to the source foodstuffs.