For the sake of convenience we put some terrible things into our bodies. I am of course referring to fast and prepackaged foods. There are also a few things that we should be eating that we aren’t. The sad thing is you most likely know what items I am about to list off. However, you may not be aware of just how much better you will feel by making a few changes to your diet.
Let’s get started with the bad. Actually let’s get started with the worst: High Fructose Corn Syrup. High-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is a genetically modified sugar substitute and until recently was in almost every processed food you consumed. Avoid high-fructose corn syrup. HFCS has been linked to health issues ranging from problems with liver and heart functions to diabetes and food allergies. HFCS is most common in drinks but is also found in almost all condiments and frozen meals. Check your labels.
Something else to check your labels for are food additives. I hope this isn’t new to you. Major news organizations have been doing stories on the dangers of food additives for years. I am bringing it up again to let you know there are alternatives. Manufacturers have heard the public cry and you can now find many frozen and convenience foods with a much shorter, and more natural, list of ingredients.
Caffeine is another major contributing factor to poor health. I am sure you have heard this before, and it is absolutely true. Consuming excessive amounts of caffeine has serious effects on your mood, bodily functions, and your ability to sleep. I won’t go into all of the reasons to quit caffeine, because you most likely already know them. Let me put it this way, anything that causes you to go through withdrawals without regular consumption Is Not Good For You!
If you cut HFCS, caffeine, and as many food additives as you can from our diet you will see some amazing benefits. When I cut these foods from my diet I began dropping excess weight without any change in exercise. My mood became stable, I wasn’t constantly crashing and cruising from caffeine. I was able to have a more restful sleep. More importantly, my hay fever almost completely disappeared.
Before I made these changes my allergies were so severe that I couldn’t function. I was placed on prescription antihistamines and I had to carry an emergency inhaler with me. I couldn’t step outside without my eyes and throat closing up. I could barely rub a blade of grass across my skin without getting itchy hives. So I did a little research and HFCS, caffeine, and food additives from my diet. I began eating a few other things, mostly to replace the ones I had cut, and the next summer I barely sneezed.
Here is a short list of things you need to eat and drink more of. Eat apple peel. The skin of almost any apple contains more nutritional value than you can shake a stick at. Eat at least three apples, with skins, per day for maximum benefit. Try eating an apple about an hour before you eat a meal and you will drop weight much faster and easier.
Eat more vegetables. Broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, and romaine lettuce should be your main focus. You will get the most benefit from eating them raw and without dressing. If you have to have dressing, and I do, try a simple Italian dressing or just some spiced olive oil. These four foods contain nearly all the vitamins and nutrients that your body needs. If you can’t find fresh go for flash frozen. If possible eat organic fruits and vegetables.
Finally, drink as much tea as you can. The benefits of tea are undeniable. Tea aides in digestion and helps you feel fuller during meals, making it easier to eat less. Tea is also packed with anti-oxidants which fight free radicals in your body. Free radicals = cancer! I prefer my tea iced. There are several brands of cold brew iced tea on the market, I drink Lipton’s. Just put a packet in cold tap water, set it in the fridge for five minutes, and you have delicious tea. Tea can also be found in nearly all restaurants and fast food joints making it a very convenient beverage choice.
Many coffee drinkers love to note that tea contains caffeine. This is true, however, the amount of caffeine in a cup of tea is far less than a regular cup of coffee. There is almost no comparison when you add in espresso and any of the dozens of energy drinks on the market. I also like to mention that the caffeine in tea is natural and unprocessed making it much easier for your body to digest and absorb.
There you have it, a diet plan guaranteed to make you healthier with less reaction to seasonal allergies. I know that it would seem there is a lot of change here. Do yourself a favor and began by replacing tea as your drink of choice. Within a week you will notice a significant change in your health. From there it will be much easier to make these transitions in your diet. Give it a chance, unless you really enjoy sneezing fits, a runny nose and itchy, watery eyes.