Have you ever thought about different customs and traditions that we have and where they come from? What is it about them that makes us stick to them? And even more importantly, are they things that are beneficial for us?
For example, let’s take something as seemingly innocuous as drinking while eating. This is a custom I grew up with and thought was completely normal. I remember going to restaurants and as we ate the waiter would regularly come by to fill up our water, which often times would signal me to drink more. It wasn’t until a few years ago that I discovered it’s best not to drink while you’re eating and that you should wait to drink a while after eating for optimal digestion. One of the main reasons for this is that most water we drink has too high of a pH and is too alkaline so it weakens our stomach acids and causes our food not to get completely digested. If you are going to drink anything with your food, something that has probiotics in it and has weak organic acids in it like kombucha is perfectly fine and would actually be beneficial to help break down the foods.
Another custom we have around meal time is eating desserts last when we should be eating them first, especially if the dessert is fruit or something rich in sugar and carbohydrates. Why is this? Well, it’s all about the speed of transit. Fruit takes the least time to digest so you should always eat that before foods that are high in cellulose, protein, or fat. Eating foods in the wrong order can cause backups to occur in your intestines which can then cause foods to sit there for too long and ferment. This can then cause indigestion, constipation, bloating, inflammation, etc. It also gives fungus, yeast, parasites, etc more time to feed on these foods and grow. So next time you sit down to eat, take a moment to think about what all you’re going to eat and what makes the most sense to eat first based on transit time. If you don’t know, you can easily find out with a quick Google search.
Yet another eating tradition we have is eating something as soon as we wake up and then continuing to eat all throughout the day. Remember, you have to eat your “3 square meals a day” plus snacks in between! Right?! Hmm... 🤔 well, no actually. It turns out less is actually more! It’s actually better for us to have a small eating window of 8 hours or less and to eat less calories than more. There are multitudes of studies out now that show that having a small eating window is better for our health and longevity. When we constantly eat throughout the day it constantly spikes our insulin and keeps our digestion running so that it doesn’t get a chance to rest. In addition to rest, the liver needs time to function. The liver alone has over 500 different functions. When we spike insulin, it stops the liver from producing metabolic enzymes, which are key to longevity. One of these is super oxide dismutase, which is the most powerful free radical scavenger in the body. In a world where we are constantly being inundated by pollution, it is important to have these scavengers cleaning up our body.
Another tradition that we have all throughout the year are the celebrations of various holidays. Just think about it, there is Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, New Year’s, St. Patrick’s Day, Halloween, and so on and so on. All of these holidays have one or two main focuses, which all center around either eating or drinking. And unfortunately the eating and drinking are not of healthy things, but instead they are centered around eating animals dead carcasses (which are now recognized by the World Health Organization to be highly carcinogenic), eating candy and other baked sweets, or drinking alcohol which is very taxing to our livers. If you think about it, all of these things that we traditionally consume are instant gratifications but also future regrets. Think about the last time that you had one of these seemingly delicious foods/drinks and how it tasted/made you feel. Now consider whether or not you are still benefiting from it?
Similarly, think about all the sporting events there are and what the traditions are around those. You will find hotdog vendors and beer maidens bringing refreshments to the fans. Both of which are toxic to our bodies. As we already said on the last tradition, it has been proven that meat is a class 1 carcinogen and alcohol, especially the types served at these places can be a cause for diseases such as Celiac disease.
I didn’t realize until I was pregnant that there is also a tradition with pregnancy! Apparently, many expectant mothers take this as a time to eat and indulge on whatever they like. Everyone tells them "oh it’s OK, you are pregnant, just go ahead and enjoy yourself!" "You are eating for two now!" But did you ever take the time to consider the fact that the foods that you are eating are also getting passed through to your baby? What benefit could your baby possibly receive from eating candy bars, ice cream, hot wings, donuts, or whatever it is that you are indulging your cravings with? And yes, you are eating for two, but that means that you are responsible for not just your own health, but now for the health of another life inside of you. So, instead of just eating whatever you want, you should be thinking of things that are beneficial for the baby. Are you getting all of the nutrients that you both need? The baby will take all of the vitamins, minerals, and nutrients that it needs from the mother (unless she is completely wrecked because her diet was always horrible and lacking), but did you consider that if the baby is taking from you, then you need to replenish what it is taking in your own body so that you are not depleted?
In addition, you don’t want to be adding more and more toxins to your body. The placenta is responsible for collecting the toxins and protecting the baby from them, but if we are living in a world where we are constantly being bombarded by pollutants and free radicals, then the placenta already has plenty on its plate. It doesn’t need any additional junk that you are eating to filter out. To give you an example of how much the placenta actually does, let's consider what my midwife told me during one of my visits. She said that it is amazing to her how different every placenta is that she sees. Some of them look super unhealthy and start to degrade right away and she can tell that it is based off of peoples diets and what they have exposed themselves to. For instance, one of the moms who delivered with her worked at a hair salon and she said that she could actually smell the chemicals from the hair salon in the placenta and that it looked like an absolute wreck. It was the worst she ever saw! Wow, that should tell you something. And if we can see the effects that our environment is having on a placenta, then that should also get you thinking about what it is doing to our bodies on a regular basis. It just goes to show that we need to step our diet programs up several notches and also add some detox protocols to it as well.
Another tradition that is super popular in America and is also gaining ground in other countries is eating at fast food restaurants. You can’t help but drive just a few miles and pass so many fast food restaurants, it’s crazy! And they are all packed too. Many people probably think "oh, I don’t have time to get something healthy that’s fast so I’m just going to stop here, it’s just a one time thing." But then it becomes more and more regular because we live in a fast paced society and never have time. And if you think about it, these companies are very smart with their marketing. They get our kids hooked on it through the toys that they put in kids meals, the playgrounds they have for kids to play on while you’re eating, coloring books, and now they even have computer games in the booths so that the kids can play while the adults eat and use the free wi-fi! And a lot of these places have mascots that kids grow up to know and love like Ronald McDonald. I know this is true because I was one of those kids. I remember when I was probably only four or five years old having a tradition with my mom of going to McDonald’s for a kids meal after ballet class. Wow, isn’t that just wonderful? You go and get some great exercise and then trash your body with some horrible foods right afterward! And eventually, you grow to not only become addicted to the foods, but you want to go back because you have to get a certain toy in the collection that they have for the next few weeks. You definitely got to get that toy because it's super popular and your friends have it, so you don't want to miss out! Then these fast food chains hook the adults by offering different games like that Monopoly game that comes on the sodas and french fries and you get free free meals or sides next time or maybe there’s a chance to win a cash prize so that you just keep coming back, again and again, sure that you are going to win sometime soon! Meanwhile, your health is getting more and more wrecked. I highly recommend that you watch documentaries about fast food restaurants like Supersize Me. In that documentary you will find out just how detrimental eating something like McDonald’s every day is for your health in only one month! In fact, why don’t you go take your next McDonald’s meal and sit it out on the sidewalk to see what insects come to eat it. Come back in a week and then another week and then another. Oh, it’s still sitting there and hasn’t even decomposed? That’s a great sign!
Sadly, many consumers in the United States are eating these foods because they think they can’t afford anything else. And part of this is because the government is subsidizing these foods such as meat, dairy, corn (for high fructose corn syrup), and soy beans (as a cheap filler) to make them cheaper for these big companies because the government is a business as well. Isn’t it crazy when things that are natural and used to be the norm like organic fruits and vegetables are now too expensive for people to eat? Honestly, I think part of that is a cop-out that people are saying to themselves because they want the convenience factor. But guess what, raw fruit is the fastest food of all! And if you become a savvy shopper, you can find great deals! Check out your local Mexican market, Asian market or farmers market! And if you can’t afford organic, then buy produce that is less contaminated because of the natural protective covering that it has. Do a Google search for the "dirty dozen" and avoid those buying particular inorganic fruit/veggies. And be sure to regularly take activated charcoal with your foods to help clean up the toxins. It’s a super cheap supplement that everyone should be consuming at this day and age. In fact, there are many studies that show it increases your lifespan just by consuming it! And don’t believe the general myth going around that it will absorb nutrients. That’s a lie! It only absorbs what it doesn’t identify as organic material like toxins, heavy metals, pesticides, herbicides, insecticides, fungicides, nitrates, etc.
At this point, I think I have said enough and given you plenty of food for thought. If you’ve made it this far in my post, wow, then I congratulate you! You are a true follower of mine and as a thank you I would like to give you a coupon code (use: STOPTHEINSANITY for 10% off) to use on my website. Have a great day my friend and let's break these traditions and start new ones that are healthy for us and the planet! ♥