Upon returning home from the both mentally and physically draining endeavor that was my sophomore year of college, I found myself constantly tired, sluggish, and barely mobile. Of course, much of this had to do with a semester filled with late, over-caffeinated nights in the library, not seeing a vegetable for weeks, and the craziness that comes with maintaining a college social life. Needless to say, when I came home I was beyond excited to start cooking again and eating my normal (mostly) Paleo diet.
Luckily, something good came out of my excessive immobility. As I was scrolling through Netflix to find new movies to watch, I stumbled upon a documentary called Fed Up, directed by Stephanie Soechtig, which calls attention to the obesity epidemic that has been rapidly increasing among our nation’s youth as well as people worldwide. Fed Up reveals the lies that the Food Industry has been feeding us about diet and exercise for the past 30 years, and how obesity is not necessarily the fault of the consumer, but rather the evil-doings of ad agencies and big food companies. Essentially, America is eating poison in the form of the processed sugar that hides in even the supposedly “low-fat” or “healthy” food options. Sugar, which is found in almost every processed food item on our grocery store shelves, is the main culprit behind obesity, disease, and overweight Americans. Fed Up is a beautifully well-done yet horrifying documentary that anyone who eats food should watch.
The end of the film asks viewers to do a couple of things: cook your own food, avoid highly-processed foods, DO NOT drink soda, and try to cut sugar out of your diet for just 10 days, and then see how you feel. I decided to start out by giving this a try, which can easily be accomplished by combining this 10-day Fed Up Challenge with Robin’s 30-Day Paleo Challenge. Im killing two birds with one stone: no sugar and transitioning back to eating Paleo. That being said, it is summer, so I’ll do my best, but ya know, sugar happens. But if you want to go 100%, hopefully these posts will help you!
Below are the links to both the Fed Up movie website (seriously watch it on Netflix, NOW) and Robin’s guide to her 30-Day Paleo Challenge.
Hopefully these challenges help regenerate the liver – after the semester I’ve had, lord knows I need it.