Saturday, August 31, 2013
Canary in the Mine
Today's post was a inspired by a conversation between my wife and I about our children and their apparent sensitivity to certain foods and more importantly some additives that don't necessarily need to be there in the first place.
She made a comment about the old stories of canaries being use in mines to test for air quality. This was used as a comparison of seeing people who can't tolerate that which is not truly good for our bodies to that of the poor canaries in their cages. For those unfamiliar to this little bit of history the simple concept was if the canary was suddenly quiet or worse, and usually more likely, dead from unseen toxic gasses deep in the mine and generally undetectable to the average person, it was then time to get out and fast. Crude and terrible as it was, a lot can be said for what it means now if we stop and take a look at the current state of our lives and the many processed foods we are eating.
Like the canary we are starting to see a lot of people who are our own new age version that are telling us the way we are going is bad news. Suffering more and more sensitivity to the foods we regularly eat straight off the store shelves with the multitude of additives and extra "nutrients" added to compensate for the processes that destroy the real nutrients that are better for you to begin with.
People are slowly transitioning to being unable to tolerate the toxic additions to their diets, like some of our bodies are saying "enough already buddy, grab a carrot!". Those who have a limit lower than others are showing signs of what the bulk of our diets are doing in our bodies.
The problem now is we see our many "canaries" suffering these odd sensitivities and fail to notice the reason why or perhaps we are just looking the other way for the sake of preserving the convenience of pre-made foods that have more additives than real ingredients. The idea here is the need to both learn to watch and listen to our bodies and throw in more basic foods like fruits and vegetables that are just as they are. Fruit cups with syrups and added sweeteners alongside additional and generally unreadable ingredient lists for preservatives and unneeded flavorings going into our mouths only give us taste for more but regularly lack any true actual nutritional value.
It is time to start looking at those labels, read up on what foods are important and which ones are just erroneous additions to preserve something you can make yourself for less and have greater nutritional value from. When we know what is going in we also know what we will get out. A naturally leaner body, more nutrients per calorie to cause your body to actually crave less food when it is getting what it really needs. Natural, real whole foods to fuel it. Not empty calories for sweeteners and flavorings.
A good place to start learning that I enjoyed reading to start my way into a healthier stable way of eating was Thrive Foods by Brendan Brazier. Hopefully a few out there will be interested and although I have no reason to push veganism on anyone it would be awesome to see those who classify themselves as carnivores, omnivores or herbivores change their diet to more whole foods free of additives and create a healthier environment. At least eating healthier versions of what you do take in now is better than anything. Not to mention give you a longer more healthful life.
Of course it is hard to upturn your world and completely rebuild your way of eating overnight, but working one bit at a time with removing the bad and replacing with good will have a greater benefit in the long run and if you have children it will give them an example of right decision making vs easiest way out decisions when it comes to choosing between some cucumber or carrots and a Twinkie or Twizzlers.