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.

Top Ways to Improve Your Digestion

diagram of digestive system in body

When most people think of ways to improve digestion, they always consider what to eat or what supplements to implement into their diet. I’m going to focus mainly on non-dietary ways to improve digestion. Stress is always related to digestion problems because your body handles disagreeable foods much better when you are calm. These are methods that I found very useful in my own case.

My Story with Digestion

A couple of years ago I struggled with IBS at times and it really affected my mood. As many of you know, it’s really difficult to be uplifting and positive if your stomach is bloated and very gaseous.

I tried different foods to help eliminate bloating. I eliminated sugar, I eliminated anything carbonated, and I stopped eating raw vegetables and fruits. It didn’t work. Everyone seems to have a different story about what worked for them and they all have different beliefs about what caused the problem in the first place. This was really frustrating. Nobody seems to have a clear answer even though many claim they have the remedy.

I wanted to try and help others with some of these issues after learning more about the subject so I signed up for health coach training. There was a little method in the training they briefly suggested called “5-5-7” breathing. They didn’t invent this technique since breathing techniques have been around for thousands of years within yogic methodology and other traditions.

I can tell you that whenever I start feeling any kind of indigestion, I simply do a few 5-5-7 breaths(5 second inhale, hold for 5 seconds, exhale for 7 seconds) and my stomach almost immediately responds. I’ve had many stomach pains just disappear after doing this deep breathing a few times and relaxing my inner self.

Why does it work so well?

Did you know that your digestion stops whenever you are stressed? You produce cortisol and your digestive activities actually stop because your body is preparing for fight/flight whenever stress is turned on. Knowing this, it makes sense that if you can tell your body to calm down and not stress, your digestion actually turns on.

The problem is that most people do not know how to relax. One of the easiest ways to calm down your body and let it know that you aren’t stressed is to breathe deeply. It’s really that simple. Relax and digest well. The yogis thousands of years ago knew this secret and they were teaching it.

If you are running around in a rush, worried, or employing any other kind of stress, you are actually telling your body “don’t digest anything right now”. This is the autonomic nervous system at work. It is prehistoric and related to your physical survival. Are you habitually worried or rushed and then wondering why you have stomach or digestion problems? Look around at lunch time and you will see many people rushing while they eat and not chewing well. This is a clear message to your body that you don’t have time for digestion right now!

The Inner Creates the Outer

Stop fiddling around with the outer material world looking for your solution. Realize deeply that outer follows your inner condition. Create a peaceful inside, and your body will respond. Most people have it backwards and spend their whole life trying to organize the outer world so they can feel better inside. It doesn’t work. It never has. It never will.

Are you trying to accumulate? Are you re-arranging your life all the time with a new partner, clothes, houses, or other outer “things”? Sometimes these are difficult questions to face, but they can reveal the root of your problem.

Foods Do Matter

Yes, food matters. You have to realize which foods irritate your body. Celery juice on an empty stomach aids in repairing your gut and it is one food you can try adding. Find out which ones cause bloating and eliminate them, but this is only a part of the equation. The majority of your digestion problems are related to stress and inner turmoil. Work on that and your digestion will respond beautifully.

In addition, as you become more peaceful through meditation and prayer, your intuition will be clearer and you will more easily understand which foods are causing you any problems. Remember, the inner creates the outer. Always. Don’t get it backwards.