We have all heard the phrase "you are what you eat" and my friend Dr. Jiwan says "no one wants to be a twinkie".  Food is the building block, from which, our cells are formed.  Cells are the smallest parts of our body that form tissue, which form organs, which form systems.  In order for these cells to be formed properly, we need all of the ‘ingredients’ so to speak.  We need lots of different sources of these ‘ingredients’.  Vitamins, minerals, oils, and fats are all found in nature, in what we call ‘whole foods’.  The more basic you get with your food, the more of these elements are found.  The further you get from the source, the fewer these basic building blocks will be available to you.  For example, food such as a fresh apple has more available nutrients than cooked and canned apples.  But, it is also important to look at the label when purchasing those apples.  Is it purely apple?  Or is there high fructose corn syrup (which we will talk about later), preservatives, caramel color, and gelling agent added in?  Really start to read and educate yourself about what it is that you are getting.  All of the ingredients added are going to have to be processed and dealt with by your body. 

My Challenge to you:
For the next 40 days, every time you buy food at the store, read the ingredients on the label.  My rule is, the longer the list of ingredients, the less healthful it is.  Also, if the ingredient if more than 2 syllables, you may also want to reconsider.  This exercise is to become more conscious about what you are buying and putting into your body.