3 foods you thought were healthy, but could be detrimental to your health

Don't let the health market fool you

Be careful when consuming products you have known most of your whole life to be "healthy", just because of the way they are marketed. Yogurt, wheat bread, and cereal bars, are just a few of the foods that are marketed in America as "health" foods. However, there are some ingredients used in these foods, of which it is banned in China Australia, European Union, Canada due to health concerns. A few examples are potassium bromate (breads), bromated vegetable oil (some sodas), dairy with rGBH (milk/dairy product), and artificial dyes (Kraft,Mars brands) just to name a few. And finally our FDA is considering banning some of these foods here in the U.S. Here are 3 foods that we should take into consideration of our intake.

Yogurt:

The quick yogurt snack, Go Gurt, is marketed towards kids as a healthy snack, however it contains twice as much sugar than a bowl of lucky charms. Yogurts should not have added sugars, for 6 oz. it should have about 13 g of naturally occurring sugar from milk. On the safe side, try to stay under 20 g. for 6 oz. and be sure to stay away of yogurt containing high fructose corn syrup. Also there are yogurts that claim to have probiotic benefits, however when yogurt is pasteurized, most of the "good bacteria" are killed off. Wheat Bread:

The stereotype that wheat bread is healthier than white bread is being closely looked at. Most wheat breads contain high fructose corn syrup. Doctors have said high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) has been linked to the leading cause of obesity in U.S. HFCS is 20x sweeter than regular sugar. It is a chemical that our brain does not recognize. HFCS disrupts the leptin production, which is the "I'm full hormone". Essentially HFCS leaves your brain thinking you need to eat more than you should be. Doctors have said it can be about 8x times more addictive than heroin or cocaine. HFCS is considered a foreign substance to our bodies, and when there is a foreign substance, our bodies store it, and therefore adds it to the waistline. Similar to the way our ancestors hunted and gathered their food. Their bodies would store food, since there was such a long period of time between meals and they wouldn't know when it was going to be either.

Cereal bars:

Cereal bars are marketed similarly to yogurt. Mostly marketed to kids and even to health nuts, such as Kellogg's and Fiber One. In most cereal bars the number 1 ingredient is sugar, as well as corn syrup. Kellogg's special K marketed as premiere healthy bars, with some being under 100 calories, yet contain tons of sugar. Fiber One contains corn syrup and sugars. Similar to cereal bars, regular cereal contains a number of dyes. Dyes may look pretty, but they are made from chemicals derived from petroleum. Petroleum is also used to make diesel, tar, and gasoline and is banned in most other countries.

When considering banning some of these foods out of your diet, be sure to take a good look at "Olean". Olean, which was previously called Olestra, which is a man made carbohydrate and is banned in Canada, China and European Union. Olean is one of the worst carbs you can eat, worse than gluten. You will often see it appear in fat free foods in potato chips, cookies, etc. Chips Ahoy, Pringles, Ruffles, Doritos, just to name a few brands within their "fat free" or "light" versions of the chips and cookies. It is an addictive carb and blocks the body from absorbing essential vitamins. Unless you go on an all organic diet and eat super clean, it is hard to live in America in 2019 with out running into some of these banned ingredients. In America sugar and sweeteners have increased 20 times in the last 50 years. Sugar is always added to foods you would never expect. There are also plenty of preservatives and chemicals that clog your digestive system and get turned into fat. It's time the FDA needs to crack down on more of these ingredients, in which these multi billion dollar companies are feeding us, just to cut cost. By skipping out on some of these ingredients you can clear up your skin, gain great amounts of energy, and make your bathroom habits regular.

You don't need diet tips, you just need a lifestyle change.

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Jovan Abernathy is an international marathoner and owner of Houston Tourism Gym. Read her blog, HTownRunTourist. Follow her on Twitter @jovanabernathy. Instagram @HTownRunTourist. Facebook @jovanabernathy

It has been over a week now that we have been ordered to stay home/work safe. Last night, we just found out that we can expect another 30 days of social distancing. It has been quite the adjustment with no end in sight.

But, if you take a couple of deep breaths and look closely, you can see how there is much to be grateful for. Here are the reasons why I have chosen to practice gratitude during the COVID-19 crisis:

Our focus is on the more important things.

Being ordered to stay home and only leave for necessities has made us aware of what is truly important. Making sure that we have steady income that we can do while staying at home and making sure we are safe and our families are safe has taken number one priority.

We have time to take our time and relax.

If you are anything like me, time is a precious commodity. The cause for a lot of anxiety for most of us is not having enough time to do the things we want and definitely not to do what we want to do well. I took all last week to catch up on much needed sleep. It has definitely been nice to take it easy and know that I am doing exactly what I need to do.

We have the time to make our health a priority.

How many times have you wanted to start that workout routine and something came up? How many times have you wanted to meal prep and run out of time? Because our days have less distractions, we have time to go for a walk, run, or bike ride outside. We have time to cook our own food.

We can let petty things go.

If someone has ticked you off or something upsetting happened, you have permission to let it go. Because we really have no way of knowing when and how this crisis will end, it just does not matter. If you find it hard to forget right away, don't worry, you have time to practice.

We have time to read, learn, and take courses.

There are so many podcasts that I listen to in my car, that I would love to sit down and take notes on and really take time to listen to them. I bet there are so many books that you have been meaning to read, but have not been able to start because you are too busy.

We have time to start that big project we have been wanting to start.

Whether it is spring cleaning, organizing the closet, or start writing your business plan, we all have one thing that we always wanted to start but never had the time. I have been working on a blog that I have wanted to start for over a year now. You can check it out. It is called HTownRunTourist. It is about how I got into running and why I started running internationally. It is not your mama's running blog. Although, it is not for everyone, I hope you enjoy it. Post are being released now.

We have the opportunity to start over.

Is there something about your life prior to COVID-19 that you wish you could change? Did you want to practice a habit like being better organized, you have time to do that. Personally, I need to lose some weight. You better believe it is one of my main priorities. Did you want to end toxic relationships? Now, you can. Use COVID-19 as an excuse why you didn't keep in touch and never look back. If it is not important now, it is not important.

So, let's choose relaxation over stress. There is definitely plenty to be grateful for. Let's start this practice so when we can get back to normal, we can hit the ground running!

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