So, so true! My husband and I recently spent a whole week where we had little control over the food that we ate, and we felt terrible the whole time. It was really discouraging! I thought that I had found the first downside of eating a whole foods diet. But really it's not a downside at all, is it? I love the perspective that you give in this post! Our preference for whole, nourishing foods help us to stay away from processed junk food, because when we eat them we feel so yucky!
My husband was a smoker for many years and 10 years after he quit he developed short of breath at exertion and frequent wheezing. As a nurse I knew he likely had COPD from smoking but many other expected signs where not there. As we progress in eating healthier all of a sudden his wheezing vanished as well as the short of breath!!! We narrowed the culprit to something in commercial breads, cracker and such. Needless to say we never eat these anymore. It has been alot of fun as we've experimented on homemade items and now grind our own wheat. We also are 20 pounds lighter each and are lovin life at 55 and 67. REAL food for a better life.
Great timing on this post. I was beginning to think that I was developing new allergies but maybe I am just now becoming super sensitive to chemicals, additives and such. Anything with an artificial scent also seems to give me headaches and I rarely get headaches.
Right Mindy, not really a downside. Keeps me eating what I really want to eat.Goatmom, it's great you were able to narrow it down. That's so hard to do. I think most people heal allergies slowly over time when they eat a real food diet.
I found you from Fight Back Friday... I think this might be the article you were referring to: http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/2010/08/deconstructing-industrial-food-sickness/ I have also experienced this. We just spent the week at Disneyland and took all of our own food with us just to avoid it!
That's the one! Thanks. Sarah's posts are always thought provoking.
Ruth - This is so true - I can smell those chemicals from a mile away - when I was little I would smell them and get hungry - but now that I am totally chemical free - the smell doesn't the least bit entice me! It is such a beautiful thing to be a Canary, isn't? :)
I'm gluten-free and sugar-free, and it definitely seems that I'm more sensitive to even a little bit of these now. My husband thinks I'm crazy when I tell him I feel a (bad) effect VERY soon after eating something with gluten (and sugar, but that seems to vary with the amount of protein I ate right before the sugar....)I know the changes I've made are RIGHT for me and will make me healthier (I'm almost migraine free after a history of migraines almost every day for YEARS!!!) This motivates me to keep going, but it's now SOOOO hard to watch my kids' unhealthy eating habits. I don't believe in "force feeding" or "food fights" but I wish I could figure out how to help them understand how important this all is.I guess it's a journey, like all the ones I've taken to this point, and I have to trust that I'll find people to support me along the way....
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