Posted by: molander | January 1, 2010

Proper Maintenance

Good, Better, Best Entry 2

Baby oil is cheaper than motor oil but we wouldn’t put that in our cars so why do we put cheap, chemically processed food in our bodies? Think about it. You could save some money if you used baby oil instead of motor oil during your next oil change. Let’s see… $30 oil change at the quick lube place vs $8 of baby oil and doing the labor yourself. Great savings! Right?

Wrong. The car needs oil that was designed to withstand high temperatures. Using the wrong oil could ruin your engine. You paid a lot of money for that car! If you treat it properly it could last you 10 years! 10 measly years. Wow. And your body is supposed to last you how long? Hmmm…

Newsflash: Your body wasn’t designed to run on hydrolyzed gelatin, butylated hydroxyanisole, or sulfur dioxide but many of us eat that stuff every day. Our [amazing] human bodies take this stuff, TRY to figure out what it is and then they just take some action and move on! Unfortunately, these actions often set off a chain reaction of metabolism missteps that can lead to fat storage or worse… diseases like cancer.

So what foods have this crap hiding in them and WHY? Most of the processed foods on the grocery shelves contain this stuff because it 1)increases shelf life or 2)enhances texture or 3) provides color or flavoring or even 4) increases our desire for these products. (This is a whole field of study that falls under the heading of “food technology.” Scientists study everything from ways to increase the food supply (i.e. additives) to why we want to eat even if we’re full. Manufacturers buy this valuable information and implement it to increase their bottom line.)

Definition: Processed Foods – Any time you change a food from its natural state, it’s considered processed. Technically, chopping an onion can be considered processed so apparently, this is a strong case for good, better and best! That chopped onion is a “best” process food but these are examples to avoid: Lean Cuisine, soft drinks, General Foods International Coffee, Little Debbies, Townhouse Crackers, Wheat Thins, Velveeta, Yoplait yogurt, Stouffer’s lasagna, Kraft macaroni and cheese, and even deli meat.

BEST

Ideally, (aka “Best”) we would eat like we were plunked down in the Garden of Eden and feast on what God provided but our current culture makes this difficult sometimes. We can certainly buy fresh, organic ingredients and make all that stuff from scratch but… well… I, personally, really hate to cook.

BETTER

Falling into the “Better “category would be learning what chemicals to avoid and carefully reading the ingredients list on packages. (I do this, in case you’re wondering.) Here is the Avoid At All Costs List along with examples of products that contain them and good alternative choices.

GOOD

It’s always better to understand fully the who, what, when, where, how and why of anything that affects you personally but many times it’s sufficient to simply listen to someone you trust. For those who are willing to trust me, here are some brands/items worth your money. Disclaimer: I’m not affiliated with any of these companies! Just sharing my personal findings and opinions!

Amy’s Replaces our Kraft Mac and Cheese. NEVER, EVER, EVER eat Kraft Mac and Cheese. I’m still mad about this.
Annie’s Replaces our Goldfish, Teddy Grahams, 100 Calorie Packs, etc.
Arrowhead Mills
Archer Farms Target brand
Back To Nature Replaces our crackers, cookies
Cascadian Farm Good stuff, easy to find, organic, lots of available coupons, Boxtops for Education
Clif (and their Luna bars) Clif Kid Organic Zbars are our favorites
Eden Currently, the only canned items without BPA
Food for Life (and their Ezekiel breads)
Health Valley Replaces our Nutragrain bars
Hormel Natural Choice meats Replaces our deli meat, nitrite/nitrate free, easy to find
Kashi Good stuff, easy to find, lots of available coupons
Natures Path (and their EnviroKidz line) Good stuff, easy to find, all organic. Thomas loves their poptarts though we think they’re just OK
Newman’s Own Excellent products, lots are organic, all profits go to charity, look for coupons.
Organic Dairy (any brand) – avoids growth hormones and antibiotics. No compromise – organic dairy ALWAYS. The synthetic growth hormones given to cows to produce more milk (rBGH/rBST) are linked to breast cancer. Also appears to cause early puberty.
Organic Meat – expensive but worth it, avoids growth hormones and antibiotics among other things Look for grass-fed beef – cows that are allowed to graze exclusively on grass produce milk and meat with 500 percent more CLAs than those fed grain.
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It’s always better to understand fully the who, what, when, where, how and why of anything that affects you personally but many times it’s sufficient to simply listen to someone you trust. For those who are willing to trust me, here are some brands/items worth your money:

Amy’s

Replaces our Kraft Mac and Cheese. NEVER, EVER, EVER eat Kraft Mac and Cheese. I’m still mad about this.

Annie’s

Replaces our Goldfish, Teddy Grahams, 100 Calorie Packs, etc.

Arrowhead Mills

Archer Farms

Target brand

Back To Nature

Replaces our crackers, cookies

Cascadian Farm

Good stuff, easy to find, organic, lots of available coupons, Boxtops for Education

Clif (and their Luna bars)

Clif Kid Organic Zbars are our favorites

Eden

Currently, the only canned items without BPA

Food for Life (and their Ezekiel breads)

Health Valley

Replaces our Nutragrain bars

Hormel Natural Choice meats

Replaces our deli meat, nitrite/nitrate free, easy to find

Kashi

Good stuff, easy to find, lots of available coupons

Natures Path (and their EnviroKidz line)

Good stuff, easy to find, all organic. Thomas loves their poptarts though we think they’re just OK

Newman’s Own

Excellent products, lots are organic, all profits go to charity, look for coupons.

Organic Dairy (any brand) – avoids growth hormones and antibiotics.

No compromise – organic dairy ALWAYS. The synthetic growth hormones given to cows to produce more milk (rBGH/rBST) are linked to breast cancer. Also appears to cause early puberty.

Organic Meat – expensive but worth it, avoids growth hormones and antibiotics among other things

Look for grass-fed beef – cows that are allowed to graze exclusively on grass produce milk and meat with 500 percent more CLAs than those fed grain.

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