So. You’re hungry with a capital H, just came home from work, and want to eat in a hurry. Instead of making something from scratch, you opt for the diet frozen entrée in your freezer.
At least, you reason, you can eat something lower in calories. With fancy labels and bright marketing claims, they sure seem tempting to those with a busy life. Hey, you can just pop something in the microwave and be done with the whole dinner thing in a few minutes. Plus no clean up! But are these frozen dishes really a good substitution?
Small amounts of naturally occurring and unprocessed salts, such as Celtic sea salt or Himalayan salt are much better sources for your health, but they are seldom used in frozen meals.
This is interesting, because this is also a common ingredient in lots of skincare products. It is an ingredient that is closely related to antifreeze, and it pops up frequently in our processed food supply.
That’s because it’s used as an emulsifier in a manner similar to polysorbate 80. It is a form of mineral oil, refined oil made from petroleum products.
Food manufacturers will tell you it’s safe because it’s used in such tiny amounts, but that’s not a risk I’m willing to take, or definitely want exposure to on a regular basis.
By any other name, this is known as MSG, which is a highly neurotoxic substance. MSG has been cited in some research as an excitotoxin.
Ingesting it can stimulate brain cells to the point of cell death. Dinner…or brain cells? Interesting choice!
How to Eat Healthy
Because there are so many varieties of frozen entrees and they all have extensive ingredients lists, I’ve only chosen a few ingredients just to demonstrate how toxic they can bee.
There are thousands of other ingredients in frozen dinners and other processed foods that are synthetic/foreign to the body.
Of course, the entrees also often contain wheat (gluten), and soy in numerous varied forms, and dairy, which are notoriously difficult for your body to process and digest.
We don’t want to eat foods that our bodies can’t easily process. Doing so creates toxic buildup in our systems that robs us of good health.
The more gunked up our systems get, the worst our health becomes, and the process can occur silently. You may not experience symptoms for months; however, over years of poor eating habits, we slowly build up toxicity until something finally breaks.
The best way to combat this is to make sure what we put in our bodies is clean, pure, and as chemical free as possible.
Humans have evolved over millennia eating natural foods from the earth that are free of chemicals.
It has only been in the past century we’ve begun to ingest manufactured foods that contain chemicals, flavorings, preservatives, and items that our ancestors wouldn’t even recognize.
The best way to eat, then, is to return to our roots by eating foods that aren’t manufactured.
Instead, humans thrive on a diet of unaltered plant foods that come from the earth – natural whole foods such as organic fruits, vegetables, seeds, nuts, and ancient unprocessed grains.
Convenience Foods from Nature
Fortunately, nature supplies a number of quick and easy convenience foods that require little preparation. When you’re hungry in a hurry, consider some of the following foods:
Avocado and sprouts thrown in a collard green, or even a gluten-free wrap
Quinoa and salad (quinoa only takes about 12 minutes to cook, you can have it cooking while you change out of your work clothes)
Steamed veggies and salad/quinoa- throw some nutritional yeast and on the veggies
It doesn’t have to be hard to eat healthy. When you’re in a hurry, consider foods requiring minimal preparation. You can also make a big pot of vegetable soup and freeze it. Simply reheat it for a few minutes in a saucepan when you’re in a hurry.
Make enough quinoa on Sunday to last a few days into your work week. Go shopping on Sunday for easy snacks (gluten free crackers, hummus – if you don’t want to make your own, spices, nutritional yeast, etc.)