reverb10 – December 16 – Friendship
How has a friend changed you or your perspective on the world this year? Was this change gradual, or a sudden burst?
(Author: Martha Mihalick)
It didn’t happen overnight, I’ll tell you that much.
My friend Alissa is a health coach. She got to me at the right time. When I met her, I was in the middle of my second round of P90X and had a pretty good diet going. I was eating well, but the constant talk with her about what Americans constantly put in their bodies opened my eyes to a whole different world. A world of people who really care about what they eat and the effects that food have on them.
This friend who helped change my perspective on the world didn’t do so by herself. She had help. Help in the form of corn.
It is not a secret to those who know me that I have a pretty healthy diet. But I ratcheted that up this year. In my quest for long life, a healthy body, and a six pack, I learned a lot about what I eat. I cut way back on the amount of sweets I eat, but that wasn’t enough. I made a conscious effort to include a lot more vegetables in my diet. I have never had an issue with the amount of fruit that I eat daily, but I very rarely got more than 2-3 vegetables a day (if that). It is something that I still struggle with, but now I consciously think about what I eat at every meal.
Not only did I cut down on sweets and increased the amount of vegetables I eat, but I also chose to eat natural peanut butter (rather than the kind with loads of sugar), Shakeology, and bread without high fructose corn syrup.
This is where the corn comes in.
Everything seems to be made of corn. Corn Flakes? Obviously, but any cereal probably comes from corn. That soda your drinking? Yep, even soda can’t be made without corn. Basically anything that you find in the inner aisles at a supermarket has corn in it. In fact, much of the meat that you would buy is corn fed. But I guess the thing that totally opened my eyes was looking at all the loaves of bread in the supermarket. 90% of them had high fructose corn syrup in them. Why would there be a need for sugar in my bread? Banana bread? Yes, I can see that. But just regular whole wheat or white bread has sugar in it.
That was the turning point for me. From that point on, I became hypersensitive to what was actually in my food. I started to eat more whole foods. I am not quite to where I want to be, but I am in a better place than I was 12 months ago.
If you’re at all interested in what goes into making food, I HIGHLY suggest “The Omnivore’s Dilemma” by Michael Pollan.