Overfed & Undernourished

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Overfed & Undernourished
Published in HealthyGirl | over 2 years ago

Here's how eating way too much leads to us starving as a society and lacking vital nutrients to serve our bodies!

Overfed & Undernourished

You have probably heard this phrase before, "Overfed & Undernourished", especially if you are someone who is health conscious and looking to make changes. There is even a documentary out there with the same name.

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We are definitely eating more than ever before, however, our choices aren’t always as nutritious as we think they are.

Over the last 25-30 years, our society has seen some major shifts in farming, nutrition, and what we deem to be “healthy”. We are not eating the same food that our grandparents or even our parents grew up eating.

Our soil is depleted of vital nutrients due to the pesticides and herbicides used to protect the produce, that strip away the vitamins and minerals that our bodies need.

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Our seeds are being genetically modified to produce a crop that is resistant to these pesticides and herbicides, and even though we are told that it is safe for human consumption, there are many studies that show we are being lied to.

If these chemicals are causing insects insides to explode and increasing tumour growth in rats, how can that not be affecting humans??? But that is a whole other topic that I will share with you another time!

Let's get back to the issue today, our bodies are just not getting the nutrients that they need, even though we are eating more than ever.

We have become a society where convenience is the norm, we eat over processed, pre-packaged and fast food. Our lives are fast paced, chaotic and most of us don’t spend any time in the kitchen anymore.

So while we are eating more, we are nourished less, when our bodies aren’t given what they need to perform maximally, we crave things more and tend to overeat in an attempt to make up for what we are lacking.

Our bodies are smart and they know what they need, so if we aren't providing it through the foods we are eating and the supplements we are taking it will keep asking for more until its gets what it wants. The problem is, most of the time it never gets what it wants.

BUT...

It doesn't have to be this way, once we learn to listen to our bodies, educate ourselves and understand what it needs to perform its best, it is an eye opening experience that you won’t forget.

Quality vs Quantity

As individuals, we all respond to different foods in a unique way, but one thing that we can all say when it comes to food is that quality does matter.

Take a look at these two pictures, it is pretty obvious that a bag of chips and an avocado are not equal. They may have about the same amount of fat, but which one is going to give you vitamins, fibre, and provide heart healthy fat, help lower your cholesterol, let you feel full longer and tastes great in a variety of ways.

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There are so many products out there that may taste great or even claim to be good for you, but you can’t deny how you feel when you eat good, whole foods that are good for you vs. the processed, pre-packaged junk…trust your instincts on this one.

So now that you understand a bit more about how we are overfed and undernourished, in Part 2 of this article I will enlighten you on how all this leads to disease, ill health, and weight gain, so stay tuned  :)

Jessilyn xx

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