Does it all add up?
I follow the Primal way of eating quite closely but I wonder if small things like these examples can affect overall health:
- Using bottled lemon and lime juice (I.E. Reconstituted, small additives) cause I can't be bothered cutting a fresh lemon or like when making sauces
- Dried herbs and spices and items like garlic and ginger that are in jars (I read the ingredients and some have an additive or some sugar or preservative etc.)
I know you can't be perfect, but at the same time it is important to get the most natural as possible, but putting the time and money into getting the best quality and least processed doesn't seem worth it if small things like the above have a minimal impact on health? Any advice or tips?
Don't buy herbs and spices that have additives or sugar. I believe they do this as filler to make more profit and this makes me very angry.
Stress is bad for you. There is some indefinable thing that makes diabetics with tight blood sugar control die earlier than their blood sugar would suggest; there is some indefinable thing that makes African Americans die earlier than similarly situated Africans. Rural Americans live longer than similarly situated urban Americans. The list goes on and on and on.
So those things are bad for you. But so is worrying about them too much. You have to decide what is best for you.
Does it all add up? Yes. Is that stuff good for you? No. Is it going to kill you tomorrow? Highly unlikely.
Yeah, ideally, the lemon juice probably should be coming from organic trees in your own backyard, but none of us are perfect. Every Sunday am, unless out of town, I go to breakfast with my parents. I order a meat omelet with a side of bacon. I know none of the meat is high-quality and nitrate free. The eggs are conventional and it's probably all cooked in canola oil (best case scenario)....but it's one meal and gives me time with my family. And until I have my own couple acres and can provide most my own food, I'm gonna continue to have little imperfections in my food...that's the world we're in, you just got to deal and make the most of it.
As long as the rest of your food choices are high-quality, the stress will do more damage to you then the preservatives will.
Take your time! Switching to fresh lemons and fresh herbs is a positive change but don't do it because you feel pressured or scared--wait until it feels fun and uplifting. Saving spare containers helps a lot with this. When I do things the "hard way" it might not have a large biological impact but the self-esteem boost may be even more beneficial.
I don't think it'll make a huge difference in the long run, but it's quite easy to find herbs and spices without additives. Furthermore, bottled lime and lemon juice tastes like crap, and it takes all of 30 seconds toslice and squeeze a lemon. If anything, use fresh lemon juice...
[QUOTE=Primal Moose;1259847]Yeah, ideally, the lemon juice probably should be coming from organic trees in your own backyard, but none of us are perfect. [/QUOTE]
So is it really "less than perfect" to buy lemons rather than go without them for the rest of your life because you don't live in a climate where they grow?
So those things are bad for you. But so is worrying about them too much. [/QUOTE]
+1 If it's causing you too much stress reading thru labels and being frustrated at not being able to find natural products, the stress of it all will do you more harm than its worth.
For spices, I've been replacing with organic as I used up the old ones. I check the ingredients before I buy.
The lemon juice thing - I do both. I almost always have fresh lemons in the house, but there's a bottle of lemon juice in the fridge also. If I happen to run out or I want to use it but no stores are open, the emergency stash of lemon juice does me fine.
I think the little things do add up. I started getting stressed when I read the thread about the aluminum espresso pots, and then I thought, damn, I am doing so many things more healthy than last year. But I do believe that every time you choose fresh over canned, bpa-free over conventional, grass-fed/wild/pastured over CAFO, and especially taking the care to make your own meals, you do something very good for yourself.
I used to use the prepared lemon juice everyday. That is how I like my water, but since I started buying lemons, I find the other tastes awful. I was amazed at the difference. Does it all matter, that is up to you. You decide on what is important to you for your 20% or whatever. I find what is important to me changes over time, at the moment I am great with the lemon, but started to add more sugars like jello etc. which is very naughty :) Go with the flow and don't stress too much, IMO.