Have you ever ordered an egg-white omelet in a restaurant and felt like you are making a healthy choice? Me too!
The weight loss industry has done a very good job convincing us to choose foods that are low in fat and low in calories. Egg-whites are tooted as being high in lean protein without the added (bad) fats of the yolks. Low fat dairy products are presented as healthier than their full fat versions. No fat condiments like fat-free mayonnaise, fat-free salad dressings and fat-free sauces are encouraged. And no-calorie artificial sweeteners are the norm.
So we choose fat-free and low-fat yogurts, cheese and milk, we buy 100 calorie snack packs, we treat ourselves to sugar-free candy and we eat egg-white omelets. And we feel virtuous. And we don’t understand why our diets are failing.
In my low-fat, low-calorie dieting days I experiences many unhealthy side affects:
• Intense cravings for sugary baked goods
• Intense cravings for butter
• Low energy
• Low and erratic mood
• Being irritated
• Being hungry even though I ate a lot
• A feeling of dissatisfaction
I could not stay on my diet for any length of time without breaking out of it with a high-sugar, high-fat binge. I felt like a failure. I felt like I needed to try harder. I thought I had no will power. I didn’t realize it was the diet that was the problem.
Lets look at egg whites!
Nature is very smart. It creates foods that are supposed to work as a unit, together, intact. When we start separating it, fragmenting it, processing it, adding chemicals and artificial additives, our body will react as if something is missing and will try to balance our system. So when you are removing the yolk from the egg, your body will send you a signal of dissatisfaction, hunger and cravings for fat. When you eat a whole egg your body reacts as if you got a whole food, complete and satisfying.
So many of our food choices today do not resemble the food in it’s original state.
Let’s look at another food; fat-free mayonnaise. Traditionally, mayo is made with eggs (whole, or yolks) and oil and it’s very high in fat. Adding a tablespoon of natural, homemade mayo to a salad, can be very flavorful and satisfying. When you use FF mayo, it is no longer mayo, it is an artificial, high sugar, high chemical products.
Here is the ingredient list in a famous brand fat-free mayonnaise: Water, Vinegar, Modified Cornstarch, Sugar, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Soybean Oil, contains less than 2% of Salt, Natural Flavor, Cellulose Gel, Artificial Color, Xanthan Gum, Egg Yolks, Mustard Flour, Lactic Acid, Phosphoric Acid, Cellulose Gum, Vitamin E Acetate, Lemon Juice Concentrate, Dried Garlic, Dried Onions, Spice, Yellow 6, Beta-Carotene (color), Blue 1, with Potassium Sorbate as a preservative and Calcium Disodium EDTA as preservatives.
I invite you to play food detective, start noticing your food choices and ask yourself the following questions:
Are they whole?
Are they natural?
Has anything been removed from the original, intact food?
Have any artificial ingredients been added?
How do you feel after you eat whole, natural foods?
How do you feel after you eat processed, fragmented foods?
To help you transition to whole food choices that are healing and satisfying I invite you to go on a seasonal cleanse with my Cleanse For All Seasons. It is the door-way to eating and living your most radiant life!