Thursday, May 1, 2008

What About the Rice Shortage?

In the news, everyone is talking about the rice shortage. This doesn't have to be viewed as a negative occurrence. As other commodities such as wheat and corn continue to rise in price as well, there is a definite sense of panic ensuing around the globe. We've been told by environmental voices to cut down on meat consumption due to the extreme damage to the environment caused by industrial cattle farms. What can we do?
  • Relax and know that consuming less wheat, corn, and rice is a good step for health. You will be consuming less carbohydrates (and many of these are processed and full of chemicals) which will reduce insulin levels and weight problems, diseases associated with those issues such as Diabetes and heart disease, and increase energy levels. Many healthy and delicious meals can be eaten without wheat, corn, and rice. Get creative! Use spices and seasonings to help enhance flavor in your food and make flavors appealing.
  • Eat more vegetables and fruits, raw nuts, and legumes.
  • Eat moderate amounts of organic, grass-fed and naturally raised meats and poultry (naturally high in Omega 3s, high in protein and low in calories). By supporting those types of agriculture, you will help minimize mass waste of resources, health, and land as with industrial and factory farming.
  • Consider eating game meat and safe seafoods. These foods are higher in Omega 3s, which is vital to human health, and contain good fats, proteins, and enzymes for health.
  • If you haven't in the past, start considering raw dairy products in your choice of foods. Raw dairy is extremely beneficial to health as it contains undisturbed, whole enzymes and probiotics which are important to digestion and the immune system.
  • When in doubt about what to eat, always choose whole food options over anything else.
  • If you aren't someone who typically prepares home-cooked meals, start cooking more foods from scratch. Learn where foods come from and educate yourself about how to create your own meals instead of relying on others to do it for you. Remember, this is a valuable survival skill.
  • Many foods containing rice, corn, and wheat are packaged and processed foods which are full of chemicals and ultimately cost more money at the cash register. Don't rely on those types of foods to keep you healthy or make you feel satisfied; they never have been a good choice for health and they never will.
Follow these tips and you will save money and improve your health!

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