There is so much more to nourishing your body than counting calories. In fact, calories have nothing to do with nourishing your body. Neither do carbs. Yes, these play a role in losing weight but low-calorie and low-carb foods can be void of necessary nutrients.
#JERF Just Eat Real Food
This should be our matra. Just eat real food.
The Standard American Diet, also known as SAD, is filled with starchy carbs like potatoes, corn, bread, pasta, sugar, processed foods such as sausage, bacon, snack cakes, donuts, crackers, coffee creamer, candy bars and the list goes on and on. These are foods that fill our bellies but leave us malnourished.
What is real food?
Real food is food that is unprocessed and is as close to its original state as possible. Real food should be the ingredients in the dishes you make at home or buy in restaurants.
What is the harm in eating processed foods?
Processed foods have chemically altered ingredients, preservatives, artificial flavors, artificial colors and "natural" ingredients you would not normally eat. These foods have been stripped of any real nutrients. They do not nourish the body but, instead, they are quite harmful to the body.
Read labels. Every label.
If you read the labels of the foods you buy, you will come across some of these ingredients. The list below is from Waking Times in an article called The Reality of Chemical Terrorism in Our Food.
Artificial Flavors and Colors
Artificial flavors and colors are made from a chemical derived in a lab with no nutritional value. They have a detrimental effect on health, including neurotoxicity, organ, developmental and reproductive toxicity and cancer.
MSG (monosodium glutamate)
Blue 1, Blue 2
Yellow 5, Yellow 6
Red 3, Red 40
Genetically modified foods are known to cause allergies, organ damage, cancer, immunotoxicity and damaging transgenes that affect generations to come.
Corn flour, corn meal, corn oil, corn syrup, corn gluten
Corn sweeteners such as dextrose, fructose and glucose
Modified food starch
Soy flour, soy lechithin, soy protein, soy isolate, soy isoflavone
Most vegetable oils and vegetable proteins
Canola oil (aka rapeseed oil)
Anything not listed as 100% cane sugar
Artificial preservatives are responsible for health problems involving the respiratory tract, heart, blood and other systems of the body. Some preservatives are very neurotoxic especially when combined with particular nutrients.