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WE ARE A COUNTRY OF PLENTY! BUT AT WHOSE COST!
We are the richest country in the world. We've perfected our agriculture to maximize the greatest yield of fruit and vegetables to help feed $300,000,000 plus of us. Thank God for the United States of America.
Yes, capitalism at its best, lobbyist for the multinationals like Monsanto and ADM use their influence to persuade Congressional representatives that have the power to change policy of what is allowed to be used in terms of additives and preservatives along with using GMO alterations that affect our food chain. Any changes accepted by the Agriculture Department can result in billions of dollars in profits. Farmers must comply with these multinationals to use special seeds that are hardier and pest resistant to give us larger yields of crops. From the outside looking in, it seems sensible and logical. But what effect is it having on us. Everything that we consume has preservatives and additives to provide longer shelf life. Makes sense but if they monitored how much yield they created, why worry about shelf life. You provide just enough to the consumer, fresh hardy products. But I guess in the grand scheme of things, doesn't look good when shelves are empty but would we be healthier without all those additives and preservatives? You betcha we would. We're bombarded with 24/7 marketing blasts on the TV and radio to buy ready made products, fast food, drink milk, eat more meat and chicken because its good for us. Never in my lifetime have I seen sooo much cheese used in every menu dish that is offered. Eventually all these so called healthy foods have been processed for easy handling and long shelf life. It's going to and already has taken a toll on us. We've incorporated drinking coffee with giving us some pep to get our mornings going. But did you know coffee dehydrates our bodies? Did you figure that drinking water not only hydrates you but gives you a boost of energy also. Imagine that "water."
After years and years of eating hormone induced chicken and beef, drinking milk, eating cheese and eating all those carbohydrates along with the cold cuts containing nitrites and nitrates. that we make sandwiches for lunch. Our skin has aged depriving the body of nutrients and polluting our system. But what do we do, we buy moisturizers and creams to soften our aging skins, use botox for those that can afford to do it, have face lift but you need money. The creams available to us cost so much but we do it to stay young.
It's a multibillion dollar beauty industry. Monsanto and ADM are making billions on any altercation of the food chain. Then we find out our bodies are resistant to strains of viruses because of the overwhelming use of antibiotics used in animal feed.
It had to take the new generation, yes the Millennials to change things. They are now the new baby boom generation. Data shows, they will be the generation that will influence our buying. I mentioned the Millennial generation before and once again I am bold enough to say THANK YOU! for using your influence to change what goes into our foods. Just continue full steam ahead. We've seen changes, however small but it takes a lot of small changes to create major changes.
To go a little further, do you realize the shock your putting your bodies through going on these diets that promise to help you lose a pound a week. These diets are never lasting, can get quite expensive and never emphasis maintenance. That seems like the most likely step is the maintenance process. So, our body adjust to the new food, techniques, you lose the weight, feel pretty good, then you slowly edge back to old habits because you were depriving your body of the things that were actually tasty and good. In the final analysis, you gain the weight back. Then you try another diet.
Chef Woo Can says to try this: drink water, have a protein, vegetable and a carb. Eat heavy at lunch and light on dinner. No canned food, no prepackaged food, just fresh food with little to no gravy and eat before 8 PM. If you cheat, then go to the gym that day but go MODERATION IS KEY HERE! No chips no dip but have some fatty foods, your joints need the lubrication. Stay away from milk or dairy products and pop a turmeric pill or sprinkle turmeric on any dish or drink.
Let me know how it goes!
Bt Chef Woo Can at www.chefwoocan.com