I would consider myself to be a pretty informed, aware and healthy eater. I understand that what I put into my body will affect my mood, energy level and appearance and so I try my best to fuel my body with GOOD energy. Up until a year and a half ago, I thought the food industry wanted to HELP me fuel my body in a healthy way. WELL...it turns out I couldn't be more WRONG.
According to the documentary, Fed Up, "everything we've been told about food and exercise for the last 30 years has been dead wrong." The food industry cares about one thing: MONEY. They want consumers to buy more food so they make more money. How do they do that? It's actually really easy. They fill our food with the one substance that we are ALL very addicted to- sugar. This may sound extreme, but do a little research and you'll discover it's all too true!
After watching Fed Up a year and a half ago, I decided to go sugar-free for 10 days (this is what Fed Up challenges you to attempt), became a much more aware consumer (those sugar companies are pretty sneaky. Have you ever wondered why sugar is the only ingredient on the Nutrition Fact label that does not show a % of daily intake??!) and tried to limit eating processed foods.
Last weekend, I watched another documentary called That Sugar Film, which reinforced how important it is to be a clean eater. That Sugar Film is a food experiment conducted by Damon Gameau. He lives a sugar-free lifestyle for three years and then decides to re-introduce sugar to see the effects. Damon decides to eat only "healthy" food (ie. Foods found in grocery stores that are advertised as nutritious like granola bars, oatmeal, fruit juice, smoothies etc.), consuming 40tsp. (average sugar consumption in Australia) of hidden sugar (no "junk" food like desserts, candy, ice-cream or soda) a day, for 60 days.
-18lb weight gain
-Developed pre-Type 2 Diabetes
-Developed heart disease risks
- Gained 10cm of visceral fat around stomach
- Mood swings
- Enormous impact on cognitive functions
I don't know about YOU, but I don't want to mindlessly head down that path. We live in a time where healthy, fresh food is easily accessible. Let's not sell ourselves short and opt for processed, sugar-filled "food" that will ultimately make us sick, fat and moody.
It's simple- EAT. REAL. FOOD.
Hi! I'm Mrs. Julia Dawe,