How to Count Chemicals and Not Calories

rubber gloves injecting tomato with chemical

Counting chemicals trumps counting calories for a number of reasons. Counting calories takes a lot more effort than glancing at chemicals on a food package. Calories are also mysterious and don’t make sense to the non-scientific individual who wants to become more healthy. Conversely, everyone understands that chemicals should mostly be avoided and eliminated from the body if possible. We also know that chemical toxicity is a contributor to cancer and other diseases.

Focus on reducing the chemical count in your body, which will increase the food quality you are consuming. This has long-term benefits including a slower aging process, less digestive stress, and less disease.

Read the Food Labels

Remember, when you pick up a package of food and look at the label, it will list the number of chemicals according to quantity. When you see the ingredient list has a lot of long chemical names this is a bad sign. It doesn’t matter what companies tell you about some chemicals being necessary and harmless. Are you going to trust they have your best interest at hand?

3 Simple Tips to Start Eating Foods With Fewer Chemicals

1. Start buying organic foods as much as possible. Yes, there is some debate on how much benefit some organic food has compared to non-organic, but I know organic has fewer chemicals so it is worth the effort for me.

2. Buy Non-GMO foods.

3. Find Labels with Fewest Ingredients

The Real Goal is to Eat Less Processed Foods

For decades, food companies have been feeding us poisons with the cover up from our own government. I say cover-up because there has never been sufficient warning about harmful chemicals in our foods because of one simple reason: money. Food corporations have always been massive contributors to the political money machines controlling American politics and the people have been the victims of this back-channel wink-wink, nod-nod, nefarious relationship.

Thank God for technology such as the Internet because the truth is not so easy to hide anymore.

Go Slowly When Starting to Count Chemicals

Just like any habit, go slowly when changing your eating and shopping habits. Your old survival brain will kick in and say, “I don’t like this sudden change in habit! I’ve survived just fine so far!”.

We all have this old survival brain, which doesn’t often have our best interests at hand. Take it slowly. Just start glancing at labels and if you see one package has less ingredients listed, buy that one. As time goes by, you can start educating yourself about the specific chemicals to avoid and which ones are mostly benign even though we know most chemicals should be avoided if possible.

The Fun of Eating High Quality Foods

When you start counting chemicals and realize that you are feeling better by eating higher quality foods, you will naturally start avoiding low quality foods. It’s like any habit taking shape in your life. The low quality, junk foods start falling away naturally.

I can tell you, I don’t even consider eating McDonalds or some other fast food anymore because it has no appeal whatsoever. I know I can find some kind of healthy, cheap snack that tastes better and feels better in the long run. The taste of a fast food burger becomes disgusting after you are used to eating high quality foods.

This is the pleasing result. You are now enjoying healthy food and it tastes great! This has occurred because you slowly changed a habit and your taste buds followed. It becomes easy.

One of the main benefits of eating higher quality foods with fewer chemicals is the fact that you are now more effectively. We know that balancing your blood sugar levels is one of the utmost goals for ourselves if we want to feel better, live longer, and become healthy.

3 Ways to Balance Blood Sugar

needle and equipment to test blood sugar

Blood sugar is a major concern around the world and especially in the United States where there is an obesity epidemic and diabetes’ rates are high. There are three great ways that I know of to balance blood sugar. One involves drinking more water, another way is to focus on eating the right amount of protein, and thirdly employing a metabolic type theory can produce good results. You would think these are common sense, but they aren’t really to most people for many reasons. One of those reasons is low self worth. I talk about that in other posts.

Why Drink More Water?

For one, God’s gift called water, doesn’t carry any negative side effects. I advise you to learn how to enjoy water. Be in the moment and pay attention to how it feels when you drink a nice glass of water. It is refreshing if you can be in the moment and foster gratitude.

Water also carries nutrition around the body, flushes toxins from the body, aids digestion, and reduces inflammation. Those are all incredibly powerful benefits and yet how many doctors tell you to drink more water? Not many.

If your urine is light in color, you are drinking enough water. Urinating every two to three hours is ideal for most people. Again, everyone is different and there isn’t a one size fits all so monitoring your urine is a good way to know what amount is right for you. Gradually increase your amounts of water each day. Please don’t chug copious amounts of water, drink it naturally and consistently throughout the day.

You may notice that you are visiting the bathroom very often in the beginning when you increase water intake. This is an adjustment period that should modify after the initial adjustment. If you struggle with digestion issues, try drinking your water in between meals so your water intake doesn’t interfere too much with stomach acid while digesting food. I normally only drink after a meal and I try to wait as much as I can afterwards.

Too Little Protein

Adding some protein to your diet combats sugar cravings. If you have too little protein in your diet, it can lead to sugar cravings, fatigue, hair loss, and being unfocused.

Too Much Protein

Conversely, too much protein can engender constipation, less efficient kidney function, bad breath, body odor, weight gain, feeling tight or stiff, sweet cravings. The body also becomes too acidic.

What Type of Protein Should You Eat?

Everyone is different in regards to the most beneficial foods for their body. Considering this, we need to perform constant experimentation. The experiment is easy. How do you feel twenty minutes later? After you eat fish, do you have more energy twenty minutes later or less? Write down which foods add energy twenty minutes later. These are the protein foods your body is excited about eating.

For me, whenever I eat a kale or spinach salad with beans, I get a really nice push of energy shortly afterward. It works every time. My body simply loves beans for some reason while they may not work so well for others. In addition, consuming a nice amount of spinach or kale always gives me a source of energy that I feel acutely.

Metabolic Type Theory

You can also experiment with the Metabolic Type Theory, which focuses on your specific types of cravings and fatigue levels. This theory also requires experimentation to find out which set of foods works best for your type of body system. A metabolic type A person loves salty food, is prone to anxiety, has a strong appetite, and experiences fatigue often. They would require lots of healthy proteins to satisfy their body type and provide ample amounts of energy.

All three of these methods can help balance blood sugar, which is key to developing healthy homeostasis within your body. You might notice this post reflects upon the virtue of self-awareness similar to many of my other posts. Increased stillness, meditation, and prayer lead to deeper self awareness and this manifests many healthy outcomes including the insight to know which foods are helping me or harming me.