Independence Day is coming up very soon! It’s a good time to reflect on everything we have and celebrate our continued independence, both nationally and personally. We’re some of the luckiest people in the world. We have the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Our freedoms allow us to make so many different choices.
Of course, not every choice is a good choice. Let’s talk about another kind of independence… independence from processed foods, artificial enhancers, and other synthetic chemicals that are easily available but cause big problems with our health.
We’ve already touched on some of the foods and beverages we consume every day that are detrimental to our health, despite claims of the opposite. There are lots of food additives that will give us a brief rush of energy or endorphins that quickly fades as the sugars or synthetic ingredients move through our bloodstream. It can be very tough to let go of our snack foods and energy drinks, but declaring your independence from artificial sweeteners and processed fats is a big step toward feeling better.
Many processed foods and “energy boosters” are full of artificial chemicals and additives that are specifically designed to be addictive. Caffeine is a natural stimulant that, in moderation, can be excellent for mental clarity and relieving headaches. However, many energy shots and drinks load their concoction with so much caffeine and sugar and other chemicals that the combined effect leaves you addicted and unable to stop without noticeable unpleasant side effects. Similarly, artificial sweeteners and “flavor enhancers” can fool your brain and body chemistry into thinking you’re giving it energy when you’re really giving it empty or nutrition-less calories. This can confuse your body and encourage weight gain, decreased energy, low mood, and more.
These hollow, unwholesome foods get their hooks in us and leave us chained. Have you ever noticed how difficult it is to quit eating or drinking all those foods that you know aren’t good for you? You know it’s harming your body and that later you’ll feel awful, but you still have to have it. That’s addiction – giving you a temporary “high” and then leaving you flat on the pavement later.
It’s tough to break free, but you CAN regain your independence from all that processed junk! A major step toward leaving it all behind is creating a support system and finding alternatives. Do you rely on energy drinks to get you through today? Replace your sugar rush with a natural energy enhancer like REVV that utilizes only all-natural, organic ingredients to work with your body to create lasting, healthy energy without the crash. Do you need to dial back all that chocolate you eat when you need a little boost in mood? Substitute a sweet alternative like cacao beans along with Happy Girl to help regulate your mood and balance your body.
This Independence Day, declare your independence from junk food and sugar crashes!