The Standard American Diet is SAD
What is the Standard American Diet?
We have become a nation of people that are too lazy to take the time to prepare our own meals. We depend on fast and pre-packaged “fake food”. It’s Fake because there is no real Nutrition. When you fill your gut with empty calories we end up overfeed and undernourished. The Standard American Diet is SAD.
Is it any wonder that most of us are sick and tired, and yes…Sad.
The Standard American Diet is a perfect blend of all of the wrong things,
- high-carb foods, especially those low in nutrients
- manufactured trans fats in the form of hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils
- sugar in all its forms (including unrefined sugar, molasses, cane syrup and maple syrup)
- refined flour
If you were trying to increase your risk of cancer, heart disease, stroke, intestinal disorders – just about any illness – the standard American diet has them all:
- High in animal fats
- High in unhealthy fats: saturated, hydrogenated
- Low in fiber
- High in processed foods
- Low in complex carbohydrates
- Low in plant-based foods
It’s a Perfect Storm for Disease. The truly sad part is most of the disease that Americans face and die from are weight related and preventable. You have the power to make yourself well and live a longer and healthier life, but you have to take responsibility for what you put into your face.
Fast Food is Fast, Cheap, Convenient and Tastes Great
Do you ever stop to think why it’s Cheap and Tastes Great?
It’s cheap because they serving you the cheapest, lowest quality products they can. As long as you don’t return it or complain later about it making you sick, there’s no reason for them to serve you any better quality. You get what you pay for.
Sure you Love It, it was designed by experts to make you love it. What’s not to love? It tastes great to you because it’s loaded with all the stuff you’ve been trained to crave; Sodium, Sugar, Saturated Fats, and Refined Flour. Hey, do you want to Supersize that?
We simply don’t know what Real Food is. Americans are not getting enough essential nutrients, fiber and natural fats that help our bodies prevent disease.
The simplest way to think about what you should eat is, “If it’s a plant EAT IT. If was made in a plant Don’t” Food doesn’t come in a styrofoam box, a plastic bag, or a box. Real Food doesn’t have any labels, and they hide them in the very colorful Produce Section of your market.
We’re in a lot of trouble when the #1 Vegetable is a Potato and the #1 Fruit is a Tomato. Not that they’re bad, but they certainly not the most nutrient dense choices. Especially when the potatoes are deep fried and then the tomatoes are turned into ketchup. Not the best way to get your fruits and vegetables.
We’re Hooked on Fast Food
We don’t have time to prepare and eat decent meals. When we do cook, it’s to just open a box and nuke something in the microwave. We’re tired after work and we just don’t feel like cooking. And hey–we deserve a break today, don’t we?
Is it possible you’re sick and tired because you’re not eating Real Food?
Coke, Pepsi, McDonalds and Monsanto, will cause the death of more Americans than Isis. One out of five Americans will die of weight related disease. If you add smoking to the mix another one in five will die from cigarettes. 645,000 Americans will go Bankrupt due to Medical Expenses.
The sad part is this is all preventable. We’re eating the wrong things and smoking by choice. Nobody is forcing us to make ourselves sick. Admitted it’s hard to resist when fast-food chains and soda companies spend over $5 billion on advertising. But, the tobacco companies don’t have those same advertising venues, and we still smoke.
The United States is the Unhealthiest industrialized nation in the world. Yep, we’re #1 aren’t you proud? The more overweight an individual is, the higher the risk becomes of illness and death due to diabetes, stroke, coronary artery disease and kidney and gallbladder disorders, and certain types of cancer.
The US is at epidemic levels of obesity, hypertension, heart disease and diabetes.
The US spends more money on cancer research than any country in the world, yet our diet contributes to the very diseases we are spending money to prevent. Ironic huh?
Cancer Grows in an Acidic Environment
Cancer cells grow in an acidic environment, and the Standard American Diet (SAD) is Acidic. The worse your diet is the more you need to balance your pH.
The opposite of Acidic is Alkaline, the measure of the two is determined by the pH which stands for “the power of Hydrogen” and is a measurement of acidity. pH is carefully regulated in human cells and blood. The normal pH range for blood is between 7.35 and 7.45. Variation by even a tenth of a pH unit may be fatal.
I follow Dr. Fuhrman’s “Eat to Live” program which is a mostly plant-based diet, which is Alkaline and healthy way to eat. The benefits of eating a mostly plant-based diet are commonly known and can be directly connected with living a longer and healthier life. How to live longer can be easily recognized by seeing what the longest living people on the planet eat in “the Blue Zones Solution”
You Need Water to Live
In addition to not eating real food, we don’t drink clean pure water.
You can live weeks without food but only days without water. I know people that drink no water at all, only coffee, juice, soda, fruit and energy drinks. They drink nothing that doesn’t have sugar added to it. Sugar puts you into an Acidic environment. Everything besides, clean and pure water your body has to filter before it can be used by the body.
You need to drink water like it was water, and get off the soda. However, toxins, heavy metals and pesticides in your tap or bottled water may be far from pure or clean and may be dangerous or even carcinogenic.
Acidic foods and drinks can lead to Acidosis, which can cause:
- Acid Reflux
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Eczema (and other skin disorders)
- Type II Diabetes
- Chronic Fatigue
- Low Energy
- Reduced Sex Drive
The benefits of filtered and pH balanced water are numerous. You can feel the benefits of Alkaline water by simply adding Baking Soda to your pre-work water, or use it to recuperate from DOM’s.
“I tried it, I’m not sure why it works, but I can testify that it does. I now use 1/2 teaspoon of Baking Soda in 16 ounces of water as My Daily Pre-Workout Drink.”
I’ve used baking soda in my water and have no problem. My wife does not like the taste. There is, of course, a better way to get pure Alkaline Water. You can drink the same water that Jillian Michaels, Magic Johnson, Tiger Woods, Reggie Jackson, Chuck Norris… Nuff said… good enough for Chuck Norris, good enough for you. Right?
The standard American diet is SAD, but you don’t have to be. Make the changes you need to for a longer and healthier life. The choice is yours.
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