The Faux Pas of Fast Food and Delectable Date-Brownies!

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This morning I woke up and drank my banana-broccoli-Spirulina-green tea smoothie followed by some scrumptious blackberries, another banana and a cup of green tea. I’m bursting with energy and feel incredibly joyful and thankful. Bring on the day! As I finished up my beautiful breakfast, I reflected on how in that past, after a huge morning meal, I would feel tired and unmotivated to do anything. Those breakfasts of the past were usually comprised of sausage gravy and biscuits or eggs with loads of cheese or Danishes and bacon. I would eat and want to go crawl back into bed. I’m not gonna lie—I used to LOVE the taste of salty, greasy food. But I hated the way I felt after I ate it. I started experimenting with my diet and now—well into my forties—I feel (and look) better than I did when I was thirty. Changing your diet can revolutionize your life. When you feel energized, you can do anything; eating healthy food is the first step to catapulting your life towards greatness and living a life of abundance. So bring on the fruits and veggies and transform your life. The following paragraphs highlight some of the really awful aspects of consuming fast/junk food. Please read on and get motivated to never cross the doorway of another fast food restaurant.

-Americans eat approximately 50 billion fast food burgers per year. The Wall Street Journal reports that it takes 1300 gallons of water, per quarter pounder, to move that burger from field to fast food restaurant. When you do the math, it becomes clear that we are using massive amounts of water every year to have our burgers and eat them too! Many states here in the U.S. currently face terrible drought conditions and numerous countries around the world are dealing with water scarcity. By forgoing that quarter pounder with cheese, you help ease the planets water-depleted burden.

-Think just one fast-food meal won’t damage your health? Think again! A 2012 study conducted by Dr. Anil Nigam, Director of Research at the Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation Centre (EPIC) at the Montreal Heart Institute, revealed the damage that just one fast-food meal can inflict on your health. Test participants had blood tests prior to eating and then were asked to consume a sausage, egg, and cheese sandwich with three hash browns. Subjects then had blood tests two and four hours after the meal. The tests indicated that arteries dilated 24 percent less after the junk food meal than when measured in a fasting state, which can significantly constrict blood flow. And that’s just from one meal! Think of the damage you’re doing if you eat fast-food day after day, week after week!

-That cheese that you find on most fast-food hamburgers, fondly referred to as American cheese—well it’s neither cheese nor American! This chemical laden product first made an appearance on the world stage in Switzerland around 100 years ago. Processed cheese is less expensive than real cheese, melts better thanks to the added chemicals and has an extended shelf life (like forever)! Because of the ubiquity of this product in American homes after WWII, it became known as American cheese. It contains stabilizers—usually sodium phosphate, tartrate or citrate, salt, food coloring and whey. It can’t even legally be called “cheese” because of all the additives in it! So technically a fast-food cheeseburger should really be called a cheese product burger. But then again, the burger part doesn’t contain much meat. So actually it should be called a processed-cheese-product patty-like-substance.

Changes you make today will be reflected in a new you in very little time. You really are closer than you think to your goals. A man I respect greatly once said: “No matter how many times your self improvement plans have gone awry the next attempt might be the time you turn your life around.” You were meant to live a life of joy and abundance! Eat Well. Don’t Stop Trying. Keep Shining. Peace Out!

The following is a raw brownie recipe that I love. I’m not really a raw foodie—though I do eat raw meals several times a week—salads! I’ve tweaked this recipe over the years and this one is REALLY good and it’s so healthy for your body, full of good carbs and good sugars to keep your brain functioning at its peak performance. I sometimes have these for breakfast! They are great to have on hand, so when you’re craving something sweet, you can reach for these and stay healthy!

Rawsome Date Brownies

-Around 20 medjool dates, pits removed

-1 cup raw walnut pieces

-½ cup raw cacao powder (you can use cocoa powder as well).

-Pinch of sea salt

-1 T – ½ cup raw cacao nibs (use quantity to taste & totally optional)

-Dash of liquid vanilla flavored stevia. (Also optional)

-Place walnuts in a food processor and grind into coarse flour. Add the cacao, salt and stevia. While machine is running, add pitted dates, processing until a moist, crumb-like dough has formed.

-Spread into an 8×8 inch pan, sprinkle with cacao nibs, and press firmly into a solid brownie layer. Cut into bite-size squares and serve.

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