Calories. When you read that word you probably went into a slight panic attack. From being bombarded with false advertising to diet books to unhealthy photo models, we no longer know how to cook and how to eat. All we know is "calories are bad!"
And that has turned us into a nation that doesn’t know the basic knowledge of how to care for ourselves, how to cook, how to eat. In the film Hungry for Change, they said it best "we are a nation that is overfed, but undernourished". Sadly, that is true. We have more food than ever before but we also have more disease than ever before.
What is a calorie? In very simple terms, it is energy.
A few facts about calories:
- All calories are not created equal. All calories are not the same.
- Calories are not points, portions, restrictive, free.
- Calories are energy.
- Your body needs the right calories in order to thrive.
- A calorie is not “just a calorie”.
Our nation is filled with millions of people who do not know how to eat. They have been relegated to counting points (thanks Weight Watchers) instead of teaching people how to nourish themselves with real, nutrient-dense food. Lean Cuisine might be x points, but it is not real food. It is a box full of chemicals and disease. People should be counting how many toxins are in their food instead! It is horrifying appalling.
In America our food supply is filled with very toxic and deadly ingredients (that are banned in other countries). Products (note I didn’t say food) are designed to keep a customer for life by making them addicted and sick.
You want to eat foods that nourish your body, prevent disease (and most importantly don’t give you disease!), strength, strong immune system, and give you energy. Those calories are the best kind of calories!
Instead of thinking of calories, think real, life-giving nutrients. Nutrients are vitamins and minerals from real food that give your body life and wellness and health.
When deciding what to eat (and buy) you always want to think what are the real nutrients in this? The vitamins listed on the back of a cereal box nutrition label are not a nutrient-dense food choice. They are enriched, fake, lab-made "vitamins". Nutrients from a fresh, raw organic bunch of kale contains authentic vitamins and minerals that your body needs to fight disease.
Any product that says “fat-free, sugar-free, zero calorie, calorie free, low-calorie, enriched” is a sign to run away. Very, very fast. These are lab-made products and will give you horrendous health disease (from weight gain/obesity to cancer to heart disease to brain tumors). (Remember: gum/mints, cooking sprays, Jell-O, etc are included on this toxic list!)