Monday, June 21, 2010
To eat processed foods or not to eat....is the question
Being with my family the past week has illustrated how unhealthy today’s society truly is. Although I love them all, with the exception of one of my cousins and my grandmother, processed foods rule their worlds. Nothing green or anything resembling fruit ever covers the buffet line at any family gathering unless it is covered in some kind of sauce (ranch included). A few of my relatives have symptoms like non stop hot flashes, excessive sweating and restless leg syndrome but refuse to take things out of their diet even for a few days to see if they might be having a reaction to one of the foods they eat on a daily basis. I really wish they would. Knowing first hand how diet can cause your body to shut down or prosper (depending on what you eat), I am really worried on the health and well being of my family members. I tried to help them out by mentioning their reactions could be from what they are eating but people are always resistant to cutting things out of their diet especially products made with flour. Most people are fine with not eating as much chocolate or cutting out a few drinks a week but when it comes to cutting out pizza, bagels or fresh baked bread they are just not interested. I cant judge because I was the same way. It wasn’t until my POF diagnosis in April of 2009 that I took my celiacs seriously and decided the sacrifice was worth living the rest of my life healthy and happy. People have to get to a breaking point to make a big change like that. I am lucky that mine was before I turned thirty, a lot of people don’t find out until its to late. They have cancer or another life altering health problem caused by eating foods their bodies couldn’t process throughout their entire lives. If only health insurance covered the tests necessary to determine whether a person is allergic to wheat/flour. It seems it isn’t important enough to Americans to demand for insurance to support celiacs disease.