Yesterday I explained that weight loss does not necessarily correlate with health improvement.
Today I want to break down how food quality fits into the equation.
**Disclaimer: my goal for this post is not to make any food seem evil or forbidden. We are humans and at the end of the day we need to have room for our favorite indulgences.
With that being said, there is a direct correlation between processed foods and sickness/illness.
The more processed foods someone eats, the higher chance they have a variety of issues like obesity, heart disease, diabetes, etc.
We also know, based on evidence from hundreds of clients over the years, that reducing the amount of processed foods has a direct correlation with feeling better, mood improving, swelling and achiness reducing, acid reflux and bloating/gassiness reducing. In other words, health improvements.
To keep it simple: the less processed foods you eat, the better your body feels.
The reason for this has to do with chronic inflammation.
The best way to describe this is, think about what happens when you roll your ankle - it gets red and swells up. That is an indication to the nervous system that something is wrong and it needs to take action to fix it.
Processed foods do this at a cellular level. So part of every cell gets inflamed, which leads to things like swelling, achiness, feeling bloated, etc. This also puts the nervous system in overdrive, since it is trying to fix the entire body, leading to a host of other issues and diseases.
So the bottom line, when it comes to food quality, is eat real, whole food. The tried and true method is to read your labels. Typically, the less number of ingredients, the less processed it is. The more ingredients, the more processed, and any ingredients you can't pronounce are things like chemicals, preservatives and artificial ingredients that might not treat your body well.
And be cautious. Anything advertised as "healthy" or "natural" probably isn't - you don't buy "natural" apples or "natural" beef. You just buy apples and beef. There is a lot of marketing jargon designed to trick you.