The Fierce Diva Diet

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There are many diet and nutrition experts out there who claim they know the "right" way to eat. However, the bottom line on maintaining a healthy diet is this:

 Fierce Divas don't eat crap.

A description of crap is as follows:  

  • Foods that have ingredients you cannot pronounce – which are most likely additives, preservatives, or flavorings  - are crap.  Friendly advice between us Divas:  just because an additive or preservative is "FDA approved," doesn't mean it's safe.   Remember the FDA approved diet drug Fen-Phen that gave its users permanent heart valve damage?  Enough said.
  • Foods that have 5 or more ingredient are crap.  Take a close look at the fourth, fifth, and sixth ingredients listed on the food label, Divas.  Can you pronounce them?    Probably not.
  • Foods that have a shelf life longer than Kim Kardashian's marriage are crap.  Almost any food that lasts more than a few days is due to additives and preservatives.  According to SustainableTable.org,  "FDA  approved"  additives and preservatives have been linked to  asthma, allergic reactions. cancer, and birth defects.  Surprised?  I'm not.
  • Anything "white," including sugar, flour, rice, pasta, bread, etc., is crap.  According to Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin, in their bestselling book on plant based  eating, Skinny Bitch, "For some asinine reason, food manufacturers decided that we wouldn't buy their products unless they were white and soft.  So, they took natural grains, such as brown rice and whole wheat, and stripped away all their nutrients, vitamins, and minerals to achieve the color and texture change."   Why would a Diva eat anything that has been stripped of nutrients, vitamins and minerals?

Now that you understand what crap is, here is what you need to know to eat like a Fierce Diva:

Eat whole, natural foods, Divas, including plenty of grains, legumes, fruits, nuts, and veggies.  As a rule, anything  that grows from the ground or from a tree is good for you, so long as it has not been treated, bleached, stripped, or processed.  I am a life-long vegetarian, and while I won't forbid you to eat meat,  be warned that most meats are pumped with preservatives and antibiotics.  Know the source of your meat, as well as your poultry and fish.  Try to buy local and organic variations, which have encountered the least amount of processing.   Furthermore, all meat should be eaten in moderation, if not sparingly.

I challenge you to give up processed foods for a week.  I guarantee that you will feel fuller for longer amounts of time after meals, sleep better, have more energy, and encounter fewer mood swings.  Remember,  Divas, I want you to feel good and have the energy and focus to live the life you love.   What we ingest into our bodies has a direct effect on our physical health as well as our emotional health.  As I stated in Fierce Fitness, your body really is your temple.  Do you want to shovel crap into your temple or do you want to make your temple shine?

I'm not judging you for eating crap.  I am simply judging the crap itself.  In Diva Does Dessert, I confessed that in my pre-Diva days, I ate Chips Ahoy for breakfast.  My body wasn't a temple.  It was a cesspool.  I ate crap and felt like crap.  Coincidence?

I am not suggesting you give up pizza and cookies forever.  But eating them should be the exception and not the rule.  Have a birthday coming? Eat your cake, but know where it comes from.  Bake it yourself, or go to a local bakery where the owner wants  you to have an enjoyable experience eating her food. Do you think the food company whose snack cakes have a shelf life longer than Castro ruled Cuba, and whose cupcake filling could double as grout between your bathroom tiles,  cares about bringing you joy?    

Don't be a cesspool. Divas.  Be a temple.  Start today on your mission to cut out processed foods.  Let me know how it goes.   Be happy, be healthy, be fierce.

Namaste, Divas!

© 2012 Ilene Evans 

 


Comments

The Fierce Diva Diet — 6 Comments

  1. Thanks so much for the mention, Ilene!
    Now I have to mention my favorite non-crap places …
    all our meat comes from 8 O’Clock Ranch CSA (www.8oclockranch.com),
    all our veggies come from Purple Dragon Co-op (http://www.purpledragon.com/) and
    all our bread is homemade (http://www.artisanbreadinfive.com/).
    So even though we sometimes want to eat a big steak or a French baguette we still try to make sure it is the healthiest for us (and for the earth)that is can be!

  2. Slow is good though. A little at a time works, because you get used to the “small” lifestyle changes in manageable pieces. I also think moderation is important. I have my pizza every now and then (Never sugar. Sugar and I don’t mix at all) but I try to go easy on the “whites” as much as possible. Also a challenge with kids, since we’re all on the run all the time, right?

  3. I always eat “crap” foods in the past and that’s is the main reason why I got sick that’s why, as much as possible, I will never eat them again or if not, eat less. Now I include fruits and vegetables in my diet.

  4. Joan, I am so glad you are looking to eat more healthfully! I am a firm believer that everything we put into our bodies counts. Sure, everyone has the occasional treat, but whole and natural is always the better choice. It’s part of loving ourselves! Thank you so much for visiting!

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