Is Your Healthy Food Healthy?
Did you know that the label “light” does not have to denote anything other than being lighter in color or taste? Sometimes that may also mean lighter in calories or fat. Sometimes not…
Something “all natural” can be loaded with unhealthy fats and sodium, while something toting “no cholesterol” can be scary-high in sugar, calories, and perservatives. A 7 grain or multigrain loaf of bread does not give all of the fiber from the whole grain – the bags gotta say “whole grain” for that. Something as praised, loved, and adored by health foodies as nut butter can be terrifingly high in added sugars and saturated and trans fats if you aren’t careful (read the back!! Stick to a nut butter with under 3 ingredients, or go with the homemade variety).
Many of us go into health food stores and assume every single thing in there is going to nourish our bodies with life-invigorating nutrients, energy, vitality, and LOVE. All of a sudden it becomes a free-for-all and the next thing you know you’re buying that piece of Vegan Chocolate Cake because its vegan, made of locally sourced eggs and organic ingredients. Healthy, right?
Not one health label that exists on this beautiful planet of ours can guarantee that a product is healthy, whether it’s placed on the front, back, menu, or sign. Raw, vegan, gluten-free chick’n and waffles with soy sausage and grits? No thank you. We’d take the real thing anyday. We’d eat it slowly, enjoying bites of the free-range, organic chicken and the whole grain waffle, sharing with others, filling up on greens, organic fruit salad, and mineral water with alkalizing lemon. And we’d enjoy every minute of that experience.
It probably does not shock you to hear that the packaged vegan, gluten-free peanut butter oatmeal cookie in your local health food store is not something your body is going to love you for putting in it. But does that mean you are expected to live a cookie-free life?
This is where a little osmosis between science, health, and spirit must occur. The next time you go to purchase anything that’s going in to your body, take a few minutes to think about what is bringing you in to that health food store/restaurant in the first place? Where is your focus, what are your goals, and what are your intentions? Are you looking to cleanse? Heal? Transform? Are you looking to maintain your vibrant health and prolong your vitality and wellness? Are you looking to straight up GLOW from the inside out and leave feeling energized? You are the only one who knows what you are striving to achieve, so you are the only one who can prioritize that for yourself. Your health food store, as fabulous as their intentions are, will not and can not do that for you.
What it comes down to in the end, is making an informed decision on what you are buying. Base this decision on more than the food labels, nutrition facts, and welcome signs. Let your intentions do the driving and the thoughts of the body, spirit, and soul you wish to create do the steering.