It's Critical That We Eat More RAW Fruits And Vegetables
Raw foods contain enzymes that are killed during the cooking process. If you eat a meal consisting of a salad, a steak and a baked potato, there are likely enough food enzymes contained in the salad to break it down so your body can use its nutrients. But, there are no extra enzymes available to help digest the steak... or the baked potato.
Because the steak and potato are cooked, there are no FOOD ENZYMES available to digest them, so our body must take over and internally create the needed amount of DIGESTIVE ENZYMES to handle the digestive task. The organ that produces these enzymes is the pancreas... and the more processed foods we eat... the harder the pancreas has to work in order to provide the needed enzymes. At the same time, the older we are, the less enzymes the pancreas is able to produce.
That's why your "cast iron" stomach that used to allowed you to eat anything... has degenerated to "I just can't eat that anymore!"
Avoid Processed Foods As Much As Is Humanly Possible.
When foods are processed, they are "stripped" of their nutritional value, and/or preservatives or chemicals are added to make the food last longer and/or taste better. Sugar, aspartame and salt are used a lot as preservatives and added for taste. Bleached white flour comes from wheat that has been stripped of the grains that have the most nutritional value.
Maybe it isn't that they're bad for you as much as they're just "empty calories". You're eating calories and fat that have absolutely no nutritional value.
Some of the chemicals, like aspartame, are even BANNED in other countries due to health risks.
Examples of processed foods:
jams pickles and sauces.
Everything we eat has to be "broken down" in order for our cells to be able to use it. The "junk" that our body CAN'T use is waste, and has to be disposed of. If the waste is full of chemicals or toxins, it's processed, and sometimes stored in our liver.
And our liver is only able to process so much toxins before it begins to be overwhelmed and stop functioning like it's supposed to. When that happens, other cells begin to store the waste. And all of a sudden, your cells begin absorbing those poisonous chemicals and they begin to starve and wither away... and disease is the result.
The closer a food is to its natural form, the healthier it is. Remember... you are what you eat!
Eat Smaller Meals... More Often.
Create a "visual"... use as a salad plate rather than a dinner plate. It will appear that you have more on your plate than you really do.
Eat slowly... it takes about 30 minutes for your food to "hit bottom", so that you feel full. So the slower you eat, the food you are eating will have time to tell your brain that you are getting full. (You ought to time yourself eating a normal meal... you may be surprised at how fast you're gulping down your food. S L O W D O W N - ENJOY!
Concentrate on what you ARE SUPPOSED to eat instead of what you are NOT SUPPOSED to eat... it's a "mind game".
Eat a snack between each meal - try to eat a carb with a protein/fat combination - it regulates your insulin levels and keeps the "I'm starving - feed me" Devil away.
A good example would be a piece of fruit with a small piece of cheese or 1 T. of nuts.
Eat a balanced meal... which meal should consist of 1 protein + 1 complex carb + 1 NON-starchy vegetable and a very small portion of fats.
fruits (berries and melons are lowest in calories – bananas are highest),
Avoid: refined grains (“white” anything)
Fatty and Processed Meats (hot dogs, bratwurst, sausage, etc.)
NON-STARCHY VEGETABLES – eat as much as you want!
dark leafy greens,
cabbages (broccoli, cauliflower, etc.),
Remember: cut down on fat, but healthy fats are essential for vitamin absorption, joint lubrication, producing essential hormones, and keeping you mentally alert, etc.