Food like products on The 30 day Paleo Detox Challenge – Day 19

Food like products

So I had an interesting experience in the supermarket today. I wen there expecting to find food, but I was struck by the fact that I was surrounded by shelves full of food like products and very little for me to eat! What is all this stuff?

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The problem is we are not eating food anymore, we are eating food-like products. 
Dr Alejandro Junger (Hungry For Change Film)

I’m surrounded by food-like products

And I don’t much like it!

The more I get into this way of eating – wholefoods, grain, sugar and dairy free – the more the supermarket looks like…..

Meh! I seem to need more coffee as I’m struggling for a suitable analogy.

A kiddies play shop, perhaps? A cartoon parody of food?

A parody of food

I rather like that one. And dislike the reality.

I used to go to the supermarket with the expectation of finding yummy things to eat, but these days it’s become a bit of a battle. Can I actually find something to eat that isn’t full of sugar, wheat or dairy? Not in the food-like products section, which is most of the aisles!

And the frustrating thing is that sugar, wheat and dairy get into everything, including all sorts of places you really wouldn’t expect them. I eat like this by choice, not necessity born of allergies, so it’s hardly life threatening, but it’s pretty frustrating.

Sugar overload

So many of the food-like products seem to be just a way to get more sugar into us. I fear I may be getting worse than a reformed smoker on this subject, but it’s just become really obvious to me how insane it is.

Insane that perhaps 75% of the shop is dedicated to selling us products that we really don’t need because they’re just not good for us!

Informed choice

avocado and prawnsI appreciate there can be a world of difference between want and need. We all need some real food. I want coffee. I want fruit and veg that isn’t in season, or ever grown, in this part of the world. I’m probably healthier for eating it, but do I need it?

Well I need it a lot more than I need low fat sugar pop puff tart bars with added calcium!

And the more I distance myself from the world of wheat and sugar consumption, the less likely it seems that I’ll ever find anything I call food in one of those primary coloured packages!

And yet I wouldn’t see that so clearly if I wasn’t detoxed and distanced, my addictions would keep me believing I was eating food when really it was food-like products or, in many cases, not really much like food at all products! The fizzy drinks aisle comes to mind in particular – not that I was ever a big fan, but really, what’s all that about?

At least when I’m not addicted to them I can make a sensible and more informed choice about what products I consume. Informed because I can tell what effect they’re really having on me. Not that I need to feel the effect to know that I won’t be buying water with sugar, colour and flavourings added.

The sugar water con

How on earth did that ever happen? That you put some sugar and flavouring in water, maybe some colouring too, and make it fizzy, and then you charge, in some cases, more than is charged for beer. And people buy it!

Bottles of sodaAnd it’s really bad for them!

I don’t get it.

But then, I used to smoke, so I suppose I should understand the addiction.

But I still don’t get that people will pay more for an ‘energy drink’ than for a beer. Personal preference perhaps – I like beer and I think it has a far more honourable history than colas and sodas. It’s possibly one of the few good uses for grains.

The right way to consume grains

Beer - much better than food-like products!In fact, that may be exactly what grains are meant for – making alcohol! Whether it’s beer, whisky or even sake, I suspect it may be far better to ferment and drink your grains than to cook and eat them. I think I may stick to that theory for a while!

Not for a while though – no alcohol on the Whole30 of course, but I don’t think I’m ever likely to go back to eating wheat in any quantity. Rice perhaps, as I seem to digest that far more easily, but I’m starting to see that I really don’t need it, so why bother?

No, I think I shall restrict my wheat consumption to the occasional, excellent cake or pudding, and the odd bits that find their way into otherwise healthy food-like products.

Sausages, for example. I love sausages, and they really don’t work well without the rusk, but it’s a tiny percentage – that I’ll allow.

But bread, and wraps, and pizza and pasta? Not a chance. And those probably wouldn’t be on most people’s food-like products list. They’re on mine. I say that beer is much more like a real food than bread.

I’m not entirely sure if science is on my side for that last statement, but I’m sticking to it for now. I shall research!

Meanwhile, no food-like products I assure you, but…

What have I eaten today?

Breakfast
Smoothie – banana, coconut milk, spirulina, dates, raisins, sunflower and pumpkin seeds

Lunch
Prawn and avocado salad
Homemade mayonnaise

Dinner
Roast chicken legs and drumsticks
Celeriac mash
Carrots
Mangetout

Supper
An apple, probably

Drinks
Water
Black coffee

And that’s it!
IanB is fascinated by food like products

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