Below is a list of questions I commonly receive about food in general. I also listed the top ten foods that I find to regularly cause physical problems in my patients.
Q: What makes a food good? A: A food can only be good for you if the net result after eating it is a better state of health than before you ate it. Therefore, a good food will give you something beneficial (replenish) or help you get rid of something unbeneficial (detoxification).
Q: What makes a food bad? A: Bad foods don’t have critical ingredients. Critical ingredients are those that go beyond carbohydrates, fats and proteins. They are the enzymes, sterols, phytonutrients and others that only exist in a state of food freshness. The reason they lack these ingredients is either because of how the food was grown, processed or prepared. One or all of these three steps if not done properly can easily diminish or destroy the natural level of critical nutrients.
Q: How do I know if a food is bad? A: Ask a few simple questions: Does it come in a box or a bag? Is it in it’s natural state or has it been altered with flavorings, coloring, preservatives, heating or other aspects of processing? How does it make me feel when I eat it? How would I feel if I only ate this food and foods like it for one week?
Q: What do you mean when you say, “How does it make me feel?” A: If soon after eating a food you notice that you are burping, tired, have muscle tension, a headache, gas, bloating or any other symptom that you did not have before you ate the food, then chances are you ate a bad food.
Q: Are all “bad” foods bad for everyone? A: No, my body may not handle a food well whereas yours may. However, if you do not notice a problem with your body after eating a purely bad food like ice cream with chocolate syrup, then you have a problem. You have trained your body to ignore the negative effects of that food. This type of person needs to detoxify their system and start relistening to their body.
Q: Do you ever eat any bad foods? A: Yes. However, I have learned to pay attention to my body so that I can recognize the symptoms that they will cause. Also, I take supplements and eat lots of good foods to counteract the negative effects of the bad foods.
Q: When is the best time to eat a bad food? A: Never end or start your day with bad food. Most people eat a sweet food at night. Chances are it is highly processed, full of sugar and void of any nutritional value. Doing so, then forces their body to expend valuable resources during sleep – the time when maximum repair and rebuilding is supposed to take place. So, to answer your question, eat a bad food when there is time to counteract it with good food or supplements. Lunch is probably the best time.
Q: Which are the worst bad foods? A: The worst bad foods are the worst not because they are inherently bad (except the top two), but because we have made them bad by over processing and over eating them. Here they are: