So, let's talk about fast foods....what happens to us when we eat fast foods. Let's start with as soon as it goes in our mouth...the fat and sugars that make up this food stimulate strong inflammatory reactions by our body's immune system. The food goes down into our stomachs, and will probably stay there for longer than it should. If it's fried food, the heartburn will usually start. In your bloodstream, bad cholesterol soars. If you have heart disease, this is extremely dangerous...evidence shows that heart attacks and strokes soar within the first two to three hours of such meals. Now we will go to our liver and pancreas. Chronic eating of fast food, (concentrated fat and sugars) tells the organs to make more insulin and more blood fat, because our muscles are becoming resistant to the insulin being made. This is called type 2 diabetes. This happens when too much insulin floats around in your bloodstream and starts destroying nerves. Believe me, I see this all the time in the practice I work in...nerve damage, called neuropathy, is very painful. People suffer with this as the medication available to "control" this condition just doesn't take the pain away.
Now, let's talk about how this way of eating effects our LOOKS. Believe it or not, the information above doesn't hit home with some people, but when we talk about our LOOKS, people pay attention. First of all, fast food will pack on pounds...causes chronic diarrhea, chronic consumption of fast food will prematurely age your skin...it causes rashes, accelerated wrinkling, eyelid drooping and muscle shrinking.
According to Bob Harper, (trainer from The Biggest Loser), he suggests putting a sign on your refrigerator door that says: FAT WARNING...Side Effects From Eating Fast Foods
- Gerd (reflux)
- Chronic diarrhea
- "Anal" leakage
- Acne, skin rashes, and cholesterol "bumps" under eyes
- Halitosis (bad breath) and smelly skin
- High bad cholesterol and low good cholesterol
- Irritable bowl syndrome
Ok, on to today's menu:
Breakfast: Apricot Oatmeal
Lunch: Bacon, sprout and tomato sandwich with baby carrots
Snack: Frozen mango chunks
Dinner: Cuban black bean and potato soup with steamed or fresh spinach
Again, I personally would not choose the "bacon" because of the "artificialness" of it. I really, really try hard to eat only Whole Food, nothing added to it and nothing taken out of it. I would just add more veggies to that sandwich.
So, happy Tuesday....move for at least 30 minutes today and keep tipping that water bottle!!