Quality Food is Vital to Healthy Eating
Why quality matters
The quality of the food you eat makes a MASSIVE difference in your health and quality of life. Good health is not a right. It is earned. If you treat your body right, it will treat you right. A good quality product can be the difference between unhealthy and healthy.
Nut butters are a good example of a food that is made in both healthy and unhealthy forms. In its unhealthy form, the nuts aren’t properly prepared before grinding and are mixed with sugar, rancid oils, and an excess of refined salt. The outcome is a food-like substance that negatively impacts your health. However, if you eat nut butters made with organic nuts and sea salt, then you have a healthy food that will nourish your body.
Quality food also ensures ethical practices. It is important to know where your food comes from and how it was raised. An animal that is being raised for human consumption should only have one bad day. It should be fed a diet that is best for their optimal health, ideally gathering their food as they naturally would.
Even plants need ideal conditions to yield maximum nutrients/benefits for your health. Stressed out plants grown in poor soil conditions won’t have anywhere near the same nutritional content as a healthy plant grown in good soil. Augmenting poor soil with pesticides and bad fertilizers disrupts the nutrient content of the plant and adds harmful toxins into the plants.
Animals and plants can live synergistically with each other. Animals can play a huge role in pest control for plants, while nourishing the soil with their waste. Supporting ethically raised animals and plants sends a message to food suppliers that they need to increase their standards and incorporate symbiotic relationships in agriculture.
Properly raised food ensures maximum nutrients. When food has been grown/raised properly, it will increase the nutrients your body can use. Poorly raised animals and plants will be devoid of nutrients your body needs, and will also be more likely to contain toxins, pathogens, and other detrimental compounds that lead to poor health.
Buying quality food is cheaper in the long run
When most people think of good quality produce they think of a higher grocery bill. This is often the case. However, buying quality food is an investment in your health. When you buy good food that nourishes you, you are giving your body the love and respect it deserves. In return, your body will repay you with vitality and optimal mental and physical health. Eating good quality food leads to living a good quality life. One free of medications and chronic illness.
That unhealthy nut butter may seem tempting to buy because it’s cheaper. Do not compromise on the quality of the food you eat. If you do, it will ultimately lead to more (health) expenses in the long run. Invest in your optimum health. Buying food-like substances may seem cost-effective, but they usually contain ingredients that are addictive. This leads to food cravings that make you buy more at the store to satisfy multiple cravings.
Ingesting cheaper, low-quality foods also wreaks havoc on your health over time. It will cause negative symptoms like fatigue, mood swings, and hot flashes. This decreases your quality of life.
When you’re not nourishing your body with what it needs, it can lead you to feel trapped inside your own body.
Consumption of pseudo-foods creates symptoms that creep up on you over time. Usually you will feel worse over the years, possibly attributing the subtle changes to aging. Unfortunately, poor diet can lead to more serious problems like type two diabetes and heart disease. This is where the cost of buying cheap can really add up, with expenses like doctor’s visits, medications, and surgeries, not to mention the negative impact on quality of life.
You are worth it! Invest in yourself and buy good quality foods! Giving yourself the love and respect you deserve isn’t just about practicing self-love. It’s also about DEMONSTRATING to your body that you love it by NOURISHING it with quality foods. If you want to feel good, then you need to take good care of your body. You need to respect it and the life it’s giving you.
What to look for in good quality produce
Supporting local farmers is a great way to buy good food. Oftentimes, their produce is better than organic, but due to cost they can’t label their food as organic. When you buy local, you often have the chance to meet the farmers personally and ask them questions about how their produce is tended to. Going to farmers markets or joining a CSA (community-supported agriculture) is a great way to support local and ensure quality.
There are certain guidelines you can use when looking for good quality food, whether local or at a supermarket.
Look for food with labels such as:
- Pasture raised (for poultry)
- Grass fed (cows, lamb, sheep)
- Look for grass fed dairy products too
- Raw full-fat dairy
- Wild caught fish/seafood
- Soaked, sprouted and/or fermented nuts and seeds
- Unrefined salt
- Sea salt
- Expeller pressed and/or cold pressed oils
- Buy seasonal
- Filter your water
Avoid (at all costs):
- Added sugar
- Artificial colors/preservatives
- Added Nitrates
- Added MSG
- Artificial vitamins/minerals
- Anything with vegetable oil:
- Sunflower seed
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