I believe that every person’s health odyssey begins with that pivotal A-ha moment, one that only happens when you’re really ready for a change. You probably won’t realize that life-changing nuance at the time, but you will recognize it when you evaluate your journey to living a healthier life. Mine started with one book when I was 30 years old. A book I had ordered from PETA out of curiosity that had sat on my shelf gathering dust for two years. It was called “101 Reasons Why I’m a Vegetarian” by Pamela Rice. I remember the exact moment I picked it up after never having cracked it open. I was looking for something to read on a holiday with my then boyfriend (now husband) and thought why not read about vegetarianism. And that was that. I read 1/3 of the book and haven’t touched a piece of meat/poultry since. That was the moment and it all snowballed from there. I discovered yoga soon after and started incorporating small healthy habits into my life. I got pregnant two years later and my interest in health and wellbeing really kicked into high gear.
Eating healthily is one of the most crucial things you need to do in your life. It is not optional it is mandatory because sooner or later the way you eat will catch up with you for better or for worse.
My research over the past few years has led me to the conclusion that it is essential that you know the origin of the food you put into your body. The farm to table concept is one that is so on point. You need to know that your food isn’t contaminated with nasty things along the way such as hormones, pesticides, and antibiotics for example. One of my best tips that I can give besides doing your own thorough research is to learn how to read food labels properly. A good and straightforward rule of thumb is to make sure that the ingredient list on your food products doesn’t contain anything your grandmother wouldn’t recognize. These days most products contain a whole lot of things that would have your Lola thinking you were speaking in a different language.
Now, you may be under the impression that healthy isn’t delicious. It simply isn’t true. This is a myth that I have to debunk over and over again. Whole food is not just nutritious, it is also very delicious. In some cases, it is a case of retraining your over-processed palate in order to enjoy the taste of real food once again.
Today’s food is laden with junk, processed sugars, and salts. This has served to desensitize a lot of people’s taste buds, which leads them to think “real food” is bland. It’s not. It’s your body that has become so accustomed to rubbish. This is relatively easy to remedy as it usually only takes a few weeks for your body to accept wholesome food as appetizing food when you retrain your palate.
For years I have tried to stay away from dairy products as much as I could because of all the added nasties that are found in most of them. One thing that really struck a chord with me from that life altering book that I read was the discussion on hormones and antibiotics that are present in livestock (especially cows). High amounts of anitbiotics are found in most dairy products because companies want to yield the most product from their cows in the shortest amount of time. They also want to maximize the space in their farms by having a profligate amount of cows. This leads to disgusting treatment of the animals (they are usually shoulder to shoulder and not allowed to move or graze from birth) as well as the need for antibiotics (to prevent and cure them from all the diseases they get from the conditions they are raised in) and hormones (to accelerate growth and production). Needless to say I didn’t want to support such companies or ingest dairy with anything unsafe in it.
Thank goodness for Arla. I do have a love affair with cheese.
Now I can enjoy it without fear of what’s in it and how it was produced. Arla is farmer-owned which ensures that we as customers can count on the food safety and traceability of all their products. They have control over the whole process from acquiring the raw milk to the transportation and production facilities. This is how they can substantiate their 100% all-natural claim. Check the ingredient list on the back of Arla dairy products. I guarantee you’ll only find maximum 3-4 and your grandmother will know exactly what those ingredients are. Arla makes products that are natural and tasteful without adding any additives, preservatives or colorants. They also use stringent procedures to make sure their milk, and subsequently, all their dairy products, are of the highest quality, surpassing even the standards set by the European Union. This is great news for us as consumers. Studies have shown that full fat dairy from grass-fed or pasture raised cows contains more fat soluble vitamins and beneficial fatty acids. They have also shown that dairy products (in moderation) have benefits for bone health (such as improved bone density in the young and lowered risk fracture in the elderly).
As I mentioned earlier, it is so important to know where your food is coming from, how it was made or how it got to you. This is why when I find companies that I can trust I stay loyal. These days it can be hard to find ones that value your health and I can honestly say that Arla is one of them. I encourage you to bring Arla into your roadmap to health for yourself and your family.
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