Baby Steps to Health

We shouldn’t have to be detectives when it comes to our food, but this is what it has come to in the United States of America. Our food system is so corrupt and morally bankrupt that it compromises our health daily by putting profits ahead of our best interests. Even if you do not suffer from health problems currently, you can guard against premature aging and future health risks by eating healthfully. It’s not easy because nothing is what is seems or claims to be when it comes to what you eat.

I’m still in the infancy stage of getting TRULY healthy. I am piecing together bits of information; whether it is from things that no longer make sense to me about food or new things that ring true. I want to share what I have uncovered as many of my friends are taking note of my journey and asking questions. It thrills me to no end that they want to be healthy too. Most people are interested in baby steps. I think that is wise. That’s how I approached all of this overwhelming information at first. Now I’m working on my big girl steps. Here is what you can do right now to improve your health.

Baby Steps
• Avoid Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs). As of right now these are the only Genetically Modified Crops: CORN, SOY, CANOLA, COTTON, SUGAR BEETS, ALFALFA, ZUCCHINI, YELLOW SQUASH AND HAWAIIN PAPAYA.
• Don’t buy anything listed above or anything with those ingredients unless it is USDA certified organic. Find out more about it at
• YES, that means pretty much anything in a bag or a box contains GMOs because it will have some derivative of those GMO crops.
According to the Non-GMO Project website, “Common Ingredients Derived from GMO Risk Crops:
Amino Acids, Aspartame, Ascorbic Acid, Sodium Ascorbate, Vitamin C, Citric Acid, Sodium Citrate, Ethanol, Flavorings (“natural” and “artificial”), High-Fructose Corn Syrup, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein, Lactic Acid, Maltodextrins, Molasses, Monosodium Glutamate, Sucrose, Textured Vegetable Protein (TVP), Xanthan Gum, Vitamins, Yeast Products.”
• If you have to buy processed foods (and we all do) keep it limited to 5 ingredients even if it’s organic.
• Buy only USDA certified organic meats. The animals are fed GMO corn and or soy and it is passed along to you. They are also being pumped full of antibiotics because of their sickening living conditions. If you cannot find organic beef for some reason, you can buy grass-fed beef. Make sure it says, “Finished on grass.” Sometimes they will fatten up a grass-fed animal at the end with corn or soy.
• Cut out all foods or drinks that contain Aspartame right now! As a matter of fact, get rid of anything that claims to be healthy, low cal, diet, sugar free, fat free etc. If it has to have a claim on it, you don’t want it. The real healthy foods don’t come with claims, think about it. Anything that is low fat or has Aspartame is designed to make you fat, hungry, and craving more. Yes, fat. This is from the Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine:
• EAT REAL FOOD – If you don’t already, learn to view cooking as relaxing and something that you do to show love to yourself and to your family. Pour yourself a glass of red wine, put on some music and cook. Eat organic fruits, vegetables ,meats, wild caught fish, nuts and nut butters, coconut oil, olive oil, (don’t cook with olive oil, cook with coconut oil or butter, the molecular structure does not break down) yes, organic butter in small amounts is fine.
• EAT REAL SNACKS – You don’t have to grab something out of a bag if you are hungry. You have time to eat berries or peel carrots and pack them in a bag. You have time to mash an avocado on a plate and eat it with a fork. If you have a little more time, you can slice up organic zucchini, sweet potatoes and potatoes, drizzle them with butter and stick them in the oven at 400 degrees. Cook them for 30-45 minutes depending on the thickness. I make homemade salsa and eat that with my homemade chips.
• Avoid grains except millet, buckwheat and quinoa. Wheat is not good for you; even whole grain (but kudos for a great ad campaign whole grain people). Try a lettuce or cabbage roll up instead of a sandwich or Ezekiel bread once in a while.
• Limit your dairy intake and make sure the small amount you eat and or drink is either organic or says, “No rBGH.” This is a growth hormone that you don’t want. I’ve posted a lot about this previously, so I’ll leave it at that. Do not buy a certain company’s organic milk that has a cute cow on the carton with DHA added to it. The DHA they use is unapproved for organics (so don’t ask me how it got in there) and is linked to gastrointestinal problems.
• Avoid carrageen. If you switch to organic almond milk or organic soy milk, make sure it is free of carrageen. Many people think they are lactose intolerant, when they may be having a bad reaction to the carrageen. It’s in a lot of dairy or dairy-like products, but you can find plenty that don’t have this controversial ingredient.

To recap the baby steps: don’t ingest Aspartame, buy USDA certified organic and eat real food. If you can’t afford all organic spend the money on organic potatoes, peaches and berries since they are highly pesticided. If you buy packaged food such as cereal or snacks, make sure they are USDA certified organic or you will be eating GMOs. Buy organic meats. Avoid “food like substances” that make health claims such as, “Whole grains, low fat, sugar free.” Make sure your dairy is rBGH free and carrageen free. Cook for yourself so you know what you are putting into your body.

Once you have gotten the hang of that and you are feeling great and motivated for more, you are ready for big girl (or boy) steps! I will post that tomorrow.

Author: Lauren

Plant-based educator and speaker

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