#13 - One Change

As clients embark on a cleansing program or after a cleansing program, I often get the question about what would be the most important dietary change to make or keep. My opinion is to be watchful of added chemicals in our food.

These chemicals are more harmful than you might think. We often are led to believe they are safe since the amount in the food is so small - and this amount has been "proven" to be safe for human consumption.

The problem is this - in one serving of one food that is probably true. Many people shop innocently believing they are getting healthy foods not realizing even these contain chemicals. Between the packaged foods and restaurant or fast-foods, we may be consuming far more than what was ever "tested" to be safe. Add this to the fact that many of the vitamins or supplements we take will also contain additives and you can see how it easily adds up.

These chemicals and food additives can cause many problems from low thyroid, cancer, diabetes and high blood pressure to just plain old making or keeping you fat .

Just to give you some perspective, I have had a number of clients bring in their bag of supplements they are taking in their attempt to stay or get healthy. After eliminating all the supplements with fillers they will often lose 5 pounds!

So if you must choose one dietary change to make - make it this... cut out or cut down on foods with additives and chemicals. Keep your foods whole and as unprocessed as possible. Whole fruits and veggies, grains that you cook yourself, free-range organic meats and poultries and if you must eat out or on-the-run, try the lunch counter at a local health food store.

This whole process becomes easier as you become more aware of the foods you are eating. You might be surprised at the difference it can make in the way you feel and look!

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