Just eat the burger…

Did you ever notice the first three letters of the word diet spell DIE? Because that’s what you feel like is happening to you after a few days on anyone one of the crazy new fad diets.
If I hear about one more outlandish, unreasonable diet, I may lose something, but it won’t be weight. Just to name a few there are: all liquid diets, juice diets, macrobiotic diets, high protein diets, no carb diets, all carb diets, alkaline diets, lectin free diets, gluten free diets, vegan diets, non-GMO, vegetarian diets, all organic diets, grass fed meat diets, fasting diets. On top of all the diet craziness we have the food documentaries out there to scare the appetite out of all of us about the things that happen to our food supply before it reaches our tables.
The list could go on and get more and more confusing and even scary. But here’s the thing life is WAY too short to become obsessed with our diet. One day a study says a certain food is killing us and the next day a new study says that same food will cure us of all our ailments. The stress we can cause ourselves over what to eat and what not to eat can probably be as bad for us as trying to figure out which crazy diet to be on.
We should focus on being moderate in everything and realistic about food. Eat things that are real, even better try growing some of your own food!

Eat a little bit of everything, meat, veggies, fruits, grains, dairy and eggs. Buy local when you can!
Simple things like drinking water and getting out and enjoying exercise everyday along with that moderate healthy diet may go a lot further towards our good health then trying to do some crazy juice diet. Let’s be real, who is actually going to eat a diet that has little flavor or variety?
There is no magic diet that will make us immortal. We are all going to face death, no matter how super strict we ate.
However, I am not saying live on fast food, cookies, soda and chips, if there is anything we should cut from our diets those would be the things, but we must be smart enough to figure out a realistic eating plan that makes sense for our lives. We don’t need to go over the top with it.
Because fast food and processed food is so full of sugar making a marked effort to eliminate it from our diets is wise and will make a difference. Americans are eating insane amounts of sugar everyday because they don’t look at labels and consider how much sugar is in the drinks and food they are consuming.

The American Heart association recommends woman have no more than 25 grams or 6 teaspoons of added sugar and men 37grams or 9 teaspoons. Currently Americans are eating almost 82 grams or 20 teaspoons of sugar a day!
Real food is not what is causing all our weight gain and health problems, sugar is! Not only will you lose weight just by cutting sugar and processed foods you will feel so much better. Give it a try. Forget all the crazy diet fads.
Cook real food and enjoy it with family and friends. Have a date night with your special someone at your favorite diner and eat the burger!
DISCLAIMER: I am not a dietician. I just think eating should be a part of life that brings enjoyment and fellowship and should not be a source of stress!



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I am a small town farm girl who has become passionate about challenging myself and others to live authentic lives. Pure and simple and real. I draw inspiration from everything, everywhere, but living on a beautiful farm nestled in the mountains of Pennsylvania brings it's own inspiration. I have written skits, plays, poems and curriculum for children's programs as well as Bible study guides and children's books. I currently write for "The Valley Newspaper" in my quant hometown. You won't hit city traffic and there won't be much noise other than the clip clop of horses' hooves as you pass a Pennsylvania Dutch buggy. As a wife and mother of three teenagers, I have been taught great lessons in love, forgiveness and acceptance by the school of life. I find my favorite cathedrals aren't like St. Peter's Basilica in Rome but the woods, full of tall pines, changing maples and calming streams. Philippians 2:4 "Let each of you look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others."

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