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Food/Relationship Connection?

You may be wondering what a health and wellness page is doing on a marriage site, but we assure you it all connects. You’ve heard the saying, “You are what you eat,” but do you think about what that really means? If you want to be your best, you must give yourself the best. That means high quality foods, fresh air and water, consistent exercise, a clean living space and a developed mind.

It takes real energy to care for your marriage and family. You won’t get that energy from eating processed, packaged foods. Give your body what it needs, what it craves: fresh fruits and vegetables, grass-fed meats, raw milk, whole grains and other wholesome foods!

We’re so inundated with fast foods that most people find it hard to change their eating habits. Don’t be discouraged. Start slow. Something as simple as eliminating white bread or cutting out soda is great way to put yourself on a path to optimal health—in your body and your relationship.

Top 10 Food Ingredients to Avoid

  1. MSG (Monosodium Glutamate) – A known excitotoxin, which is a neurotoxic chemical additive shown to harm nerve cells.
  2. Aspertame- A known excitotoxin. It also is believed to be carcinogenic and produces neurotoxic effects, such as headaches, dizziness, blurry vision, and gastrointestinal disturbances.
  3. High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS)- Nearly all HFCS is made from genetically-modified corn. It is the number-one source of calories in the US diet, and has been shown to contribute to weight gain and the development of diabetes.
  4. Agave Nectar- Many consumers believe agave syrup is a healthful sweetener, but it’s anything but. Agave nectar contains the highest amount of fructose (55-97%) among all the commercial sweeteners, including HFCS (which averages 55% fructose).
  5. Artificial Food Coloring- Artificial food dyes were originally synthesized from coal tar — and now they are derived from petroleum. They have long been controversial, and are one of the most widely used additives in food products today. Many dyes have been banned because of their adverse effects on laboratory animals. Studies have confirmed that nine dyes currently approved for use in the US raise the following health concerns.
  6. Butylated Hydroxyanisole (BHA) and Butylated Hydrozyttoluene (BHT)- Oxidants that have been shown to form potentially cancer-causing reactive compounds in the body.
  7. Sodium Nitrite and Sodium Nitrate- When added to meat, the nitrates are readily converted to nitrosamines, which are associated with an increased risk of certain types of cancers.
  8. Potassium Bromate- It has been shown to cause cancer in animals and is banned in the EU, Canada, and several other countries. The FDA, since 1991, has requested that bakers VOLUNTARILY stop using it.
  9. Recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone (rBGH)- “rBGH milk” contains high levels of insulin-like growth factor, excess levels of which have been implicated as major causes of breast, colon and prostate cancers.
  10. Refined Vegetable Oils- Refined cooking oils are made by intensive mechanical and chemical processes that extract the oil from the seeds. The refining process also utilizes chemical solvents and high temperatures. The oils are then typically deodorized and bleached. This process removes the natural vitamins and minerals from the seeds and creates a product that has been shown to become rancid and oxidize easily, causing free radical formation.

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