Have you guys heard of Jillian Michaels’ new book, Master Your Metabolism?
A friend of mine recommended it recently, so I picked up a copy this week and started reading… lots of really interesting science stuff in there about hormones and your metabolism, but most interestingly – she’s saying the same things that my husband has been finding from blogs and online articles over the last year.
If you think about it, you’ll realize that we’ve gotten away from eating real food. We have all these sugar substitutes, fat substitutes, additives, preservatives, etc. Have you ever picked up the package of something you’re eating and looked at the ingredients list? It’s downright creepy! I’ve been the biggest sucker for that stuff in the last 20 years because I’m always battling my weight and all the ads say “no fat!” or “no sugar!” will help. But what you don’t stop to realize is that you are then eating a party of CHEMICALS! And that’s bound to jack with your body’s natural balance.
Now… we’re not granola hippies or anything (we do burn incense and wear the occasional tye-dye), but the book makes sense… buy organic when at all possible… go with the real deal on sugars and fats, but do it in moderation… stop eating processed foods and get back to whole foods… meats, grains, fruits, and vegetables. She also talks about toxins in your environment… that you should use only natural cleaners, insecticides, clothing, etc.
Honestly, reading her list of dos and don’ts was a bit overwhelming… but I think that we can focus on making a few changes every few months and eventually be where we want to be. I’ve already started cutting sugar substitutes out of my diet and minimizing processed foods due to some stomach problems I’ve had over the years, but this weekend – we’re going to go through our pantry and fridge/freezer to see what we can toss and substitute with a better option. The organics and natural products are a bit more expensive, but as a friend of mine would say “pay for it now, or pay for it with your health later!”.