not natural

There was a time, many moons ago, when we ate things such as frozen corn dogs and otter pops.  Then a little girl with numerous food allergies blessed our lives.  And she, along with some divine intervention, pushed us to rethink what we ate.  I had to learn to read food labels and decipher long unpronounceable words.  It was like learning a new language.  A whole new world opened up.  I now see unhealthy food as poison.  It often does not make the rest of my family happy.  I shrug my shoulders and propose they manage the grocery budget, do the shopping, and handle all the meal planning and cooking.  They, in turn, begrudgingly eat what I provide.  They have gotten better.  We all have.  But we still have a long way to go.

I have always been suspicious of any mass-marketed dietary supplement.  Especially one that teenagers seem to latch on to, since I now have teenagers.  I am careful to take food-based vitamin supplements and make sure that the kid vitamins do not have any artificial colors, flavors, or sweeteners.  I could go on and on.  I have very strong opinions about food and dietary intake, and they have been supported not only by things I have read, but also by the changes I have seen in my own family’s behavior and health.  I will save some for future posts.  But my main reason for this post today is to address the huge trend of protein supplements.  Perhaps it depends on the circles you run in, but I am constantly seeing and being bombarded by them because of CrossFit.

Of course it’s something they recommend right off the bat. But I never even took a look at them because I stay away from ANY dietary supplemental drink or powder such as that.  So a few weeks ago the doc and I were at Costco and decided we would take a look at what they sold just to confirm that we weren’t being close-minded.  And sure enough there was artificial stuff in them, especially artificial sweetener which I can’t stand the taste of.  So we walked off, feeling good that we had been right all along.  Then I came across an article from 2 years ago.  TWO years ago.  Meaning, it’s not new news.  I am striving more and more to implement the dietary counsel of our church leaders.  I feel we have come a long way since the days of just the 2 of us eating.  And I am determined to continue to make progress in that regard since I feel we are still falling short of where our diets need to be.  But after reading this article I am glad to know I am on the right track.

Click HERE to read it and let me know what you think.  Make sure to click all the blue links on the left or you won’t get the entire article.

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6 Responses to not natural

  1. Emily R says:

    Have you ever looked into protein bars? I eat those when I don’t have time time for breakfast, but I sort of wonder how bad they are for me. Of course, the protein bar and the muscle milk are probably both better than my backup option: a muffin from the corner store.

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