How do we, as women, want to respond? You can make a better choice right now. You can empower yourself by saying aloud, “I choose to break my old paradigms about dieting right now.” The following reference article lists some healthy foods that make it easy to break old paradigms. But first let’s explore the roots of group consensus.
Understanding the Roots of “Genetic” Societal BeliefsDiet myths are a collective group of family experiences, which turn into beliefs and are then handed down for generations, in a metaphorically similar way that genetic traits are handed down. Through family connections, everyone has generally accepted myths. They are often built upon a consensus of group responses to life experiences and group wishes, rather than true wisdom. In accepting and embodying diet myths, false knowledge is distorted as truth and passed on for generations.
One example of this is reported in Ellen Ruppel Shell’s book The Hungry Gene. The chapter called “Spammed” highlights the disastrous effects of group consensus on diet after World War Two. Natives on a tiny South Pacific island of Korsrae were influenced by the perceived status of eating imported American fast foods. In time, their diets evolved from ones based on island-grown whole foods (fresh fish, breadfruit, mangoes and papayas which had kept their ancestors healthy for a millenium) to ones based predominately upon canned Spam®, turkey tails, sodas, and beer.
Most of those children now have abscessed teeth and the adults expect to die in their fifties from diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease as a direct result of eating the imported foods. The nutritious breadfruit, mangoes and papayas that once ensured native good health now rot on the ground.The Difference between Knowledge and Wisdom
The best education combines knowledge and experience, and bears fruit in hard-won personal wisdom. We understand experience. But knowledge and wisdom are often confused in relation to diet myths. Knowledge can lead to wisdom when it is combined with awareness-—when an individual is open to change with additional information and experience.
Wisdom is the culmination of vast stores of knowledge based on experience (yours and others). It grows out of logical thinking, helping you understand how to make the best use of your knowledge and experience for the highest good of yourself and the world around you. How do you take experience and knowledge to the level of personal wisdom? One way is by combining them with the practice of the techniques, exercises, and activities shared in my tips and tools. By digging at the logic and psychology upon which most of the diet myths are based, you’ll discover true human needs are buried there. With awareness, you’ll understand better the true source from which diet myths spring and the real reasons why they seem so irrefutable. Using that understanding you can expand your viewpoint to allow for the whole truth.
10 Nutritious Foods Under $1
Feeling it in your wallet every time you go to the grocery store? The good news is that many foods that are good for you are also cheap. Here is our list of the top healthy foods you can find in your grocery store for under a dollar.
1. ApplesGreat for: Snacks, green salads, main dish salads, and fruit salads. What's a serving? 1 large apple.
2. BananasGreat for: Snacks and fruit salads, yogurt parfaits, and smoothies. What's a serving? 1 banana.
3. Baby Carrots (in bags)Great for: Snacks, casseroles, stews, veggie platters, and side dishes. What's a serving? About 1/2 cup or 2 ounces raw.
4. Canned BeansGreat for: Green salads, casseroles, stews, and chili. Types of beans range from 50% less sodium kidney beans and black beans to white beans and garbanzo beans. What's a serving? Each can contains about 3.5 (1/2-cup) servings.
5. Canned TomatoesGreat for: Italian and Mexican recipes, chili, stew, and casseroles. Flavor options range from no-salt-added sliced stewed tomatoes to diced tomatoes with garlic and olive oil. What's a serving? One can contains about 3.5 (1/2-cup) servings.
6. Oranges (extra large navel oranges)Great for: Snacks, green salads, and fruit salads. What's a serving? 1 large or extra large orange.
7. PearsGreat for: Snacks, as an appetizer with cheese, green salads, and fruit salads. What's a serving? 1 large pear
8. Lentils (dry) Great for: Soups and stews, cold bean salads, and casseroles. What's a serving? 2 ounces (dry)
9. Pearl Barley (dry) Great for: Soups and stews, cold salads, and casseroles.
10. Yogurt (plain) Great for: Smoothies, yogurt parfait, dips, and dressings. Daily Value for calcium, plus active cultures such as acidophilus and bifidus. What's a serving? An 8-ounce or 6-ounce container is usually a serving.