Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Quality matters....

when it comes to food just as it does with any other product or service you use. Would you go to an auto mechanic that charged $5 to replace your tires or fly on an airplane lawn chairs for seats? I think not! But for some odd reason most people look at food and try to go for the cheapest possible options. It's pretty hilarious when you see someone with a Porsche driving through a fast food restaurant to buy a $2 sandwich. They'll spend tens if not hundreds of thousands of dollars on a car and put high grade fuel in it but when it comes to their bodies they put cheap, highly processed, chemically laden junk in that will make them fat, moody and disease prone. I guess it speaks to the priorities of many people. They care more about what something looks like on the surface than on the reality of what's beyond the surface. More times than not this is a dangerous proposition.

For some people, it's understandable that budgetary concerns don't always allow the purchase of top of the line organic food....but for the many people...particularly clients that I come into contact with that is simply not the case. No one who drives $50,000+ cars and goes on multiple vacations each year and lives in a multi-million dollar home can tell me they can't afford to shop at Whole Foods or buy organic food! It's simply BS. It's priorities and also lack of knowledge about what is good for them or not. The way I look at it is....you're gonna pay for health one way or the other....either by buying high quality food and living a healthy lifestyle or paying doctors, drug companies and hospitals thousands of dollars an hour to feel miserable and maybe get better.

The first thing people need to get straight is that healthy food doesn't taste bad. And no pre-packaged lean cuisine is not healthy food. Healthy foods are things like fresh vegetables, fruits, naturally raised meats etc. The less that's been done to the food the better. Why do you think food in high end restaurants tastes better than your chains....partly because they use fresh ingredients, many times they are from local sources. Try to shop at farmers markets or natural food grocery stores. Even some of your run of the mill grocery stores now stock organic and natural foods. You just have to look at the labels to see what the deal really is because marketers are now in tuned to the fact that people look for these products so you have to be careful. Just because something says "natural" doesn't mean it's necessarily good for you.

Tomorrow more specifics on what to look for with different types of foods...