In the early ’90s the world of packaged foods changed forever. The Nutrition Labeling and Education act was passed and we would never be able to look at a box, bag or package of food product the same again.
The idea of labeling foods with their nutrition and ingredient information, in a straight forward and uniform manner, is applauded. However, it has been used to the advantage of conglomerates nearly since the inception of the idea.
The calorie has been exploited, stripped down, built up and plastered across the lives of our society.
The idea the calorie is the end all be all of weight loss some how sneaked into the psyche of unsuspecting dieters the world over. Just turn the package of food product around, check the calories stated clearly on the facts and be sure you don’t eat more than 2,000…2,500…1,200…
Yeah, still not quite sure how the calorie has remained in the limelight for this long.
If weight loss and maintenance was a simple as counting calories, wouldn’t we all be slim and fit and vibrant? Honestly, the numbers on the box aren’t difficult to add up over the course of the day.
The trouble is that we are looking in the wrong place. All this time weight loss has basically been about counting numbers. It has not yet been established across the minds of an entire species that there is more to healthy weight than numbers on a box.
If you feed your body whole real plant foods, that are of the highest nutrient levels available (Andi Scale) then there isn’t a need to count anything. When your body receives what it desperately needs from the numerous micronutrients, amino acids and minerals in these foods, it doesn’t need to know how many calories it consumed.
Plus, the advantage of eating for nutrition, rather than to hit a goal calorie count number, is that most, if not all foods will be without a label anyway.
No more checking ingredients, calories, fat…
A leaf of kale doesn’t need such pomp. It stands alone, demanding respect for its nutritional superiority.
Don’t worry, there’s no need to bow, just chew, chew, chew and for goodness sake, stop counting.