Whole foods vs. processed foods. What is the difference? Why Whole Foods are the Best Foods for your body and mind.
Processed foods are foods that have been taken from their natural state and manipulated into a product that can stand the test of time. Processed foods are meant to extend the shelf-life of the food, unfortunately this is definitely not the case for your lifespan or your health status.
The problem is, with the processing of foods, the food loses majority if not all of its nutritional content, resulting in empty calories and energy draining body demands to handle the food. It is stripped of its vitamins and minerals making these foods highly nutrient deficient and hazardous to your health.
They are injected with chemicals, preservatives, fillers, artificial flavoring and color, hydrogenated oils, and artificial sweeteners. Even sometimes enriched with artificial nutrients to make up for its lost of natural content.
If someone’s diet is made up of mostly processed foods then that person is not getting the nutrition that they need from the food. 95% of the typical American Standard Diet is made up for these “Dead Foods“.
As a result their body is going to start craving more and more food hoping to get some nutrients but with no luck. That person will mistakenly consume excess calories with no nutrients inevitably leading to an overweight and unhealthy disease-ridden body. Deficiencies in nutrients will and do lead to degenerative diseases with a host of many common problems such as high blood pressure, cardiovascular diseases, ulcers, obesity, diabetes, colon cancer and more.
It is key to remove or at the very least limit processed foods from your diet to no more than 20%. Eat Real Food, its that simple.
Whole foods are foods that are in their most natural state. These foods come straight from the earth. They do not come out of a plastic packages and do not have multiple ingredients, they only have one. These foods are the ingredients. Simple, pure and vibrant.
These foods are rich with vitamins, minerals, plant chemicals(phytochemicals), antioxidants, fiber, and enzymes that your body craves and vitally needs for health and wellness. These key nutrients feed your body and help your body to flourish and grow, allowing full health expression.
Whole foods have medicinal healing properties too that are hard to beat, each whole food contains nutrients that work synergistically together that even supplements fall short of. The human body and mind thrives on these foods, it was designed in conjunction with these foods. It’s very oblivious as a culture, when we get away from our natural environment of local organic food we suffer with common modern day diseases. Join the Food Revolution of eating real food, what a concept.
You can make amazing, delicious meals with whole foods that leave your body thriving and full of energy. Whole foods are key to survival of the human body. It is impossible to have health and wellness without them.
Whole foods have been part of our ancestries diet since the day of time. Only in the last 50 years have we changed more than the last 1,000 years when it comes to our advanced lifestyle. And our diet is suffering at the expense of our modern day living. Don’t forget to consume what mother nature provided for you in your current environment.
Article in a NUTSHELL: Whole foods are always the superior choice over processed foods. Processed foods are highly nutrient deficient in things like vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, enzymes, fiber, phytonutrients and more! Eating a processed food diet can cause deficiencies inside your body leading to serious consequences like cancer or heart disease. Just like a vitamin c deficiency caused scurvy in sailors on long ocean voyages. Other nutrient deficiency’s can cause other complications like; high blood pressure, arthritis, nerve pain, weight-loss resistance, body aches, migraines, high cholesterol, heart issues.. just to name a few!
Abundant You Solution
- I encourage everyone to get on board with a plant-based whole foods diet. Incorporating more whole foods go a long way when it comes to your health and well-being. There are wonderful resources to provide you with recipe ideas, with this website being one of those places.
- The easiest way to start incorporating healthy whole foods it to add them into your diet slowly. Eventually eating enough of the good stuff will just crowd out the bad stuff(processed foods). This will give you time for your palate to adapt as well as break any emotional connections you have with certain foods.
- Shop in the outer aisle of the grocery stores, this is where the whole foods are located.
- One of the easiest and most delicious way to get your servings of vegetables in for the day is juicing them! Give fresh-pressed juice a try!
- Remember, every time you eat or drink you are either feeding disease or fighting it. Be conscious of what you choose.