I don’t know about you, but I really love cereal. When I was a kid, I remember wanting to go on a “cereal diet”. I could have eaten it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner…and then again for dessert :). When I changed my lifestyle to healthier choices, cereal was one thing that got shoved out of my menu plan. What’s the problem with cereal? I mean, what if you’re using whole grain cereal or even gluten free cereal?
Here are the top 5 reasons why cereal could be detrimental to your health:
Yes…milk does NOT do a body good as you have been told all your life. Drinking pasteurized commercialized milk is linked to sky rocketing osteoporosis rates, autoimmune disorders, digestive disease, chronic fatigue, allergies, chronic inflammation, and much more. If you can get your hands on some organic raw milk from grass fed cows, that’s a whole nother ball game. Raw milk actually has live nutrients and restorative, immune boosting effects on the body. Not to mention, commercialized milk is full of puss (eww!), antibiotics, and artificial hormones that is a breeding grown for cancer cells. Instead of using commercial milk, choose raw milk, raw goats milk, coconut milk, or make your own walnut coconut milk! P.S…SOY MILK IS NOT GOOD FOR YOU EITHER!
The wheat and gluten we eat these days is black and white different to the wheat, grains, and gluten that was available in the Bible days. Today’s wheat crops have been so hybridized and corrupted that they can no longer be digested by our digestive tracts, it’s as simple as that. As soon as you eat something with gluten, it changes immediately into sugar. When gluten is mixed with unhealthy fats in your body, it can go straight to your arteries and creates plaque, inflammation, and feeds all the bad-guy cells in the body. Just because you may not have Celiac disease doesn’t mean that gluten agrees with your body. This component is linked with a myriad of health issues including chronic pain, inflammation, thyroid disorders, hashimoto’s disease, leaky gut syndrome, Crohn’s disease, arthritis, autoimmune disorders, chronic fatigue, and more… Even when you’re buying “whole grain” cereals, they are still full of gluten. Whole Grain doesn’t mean much any more unfortunately.
Wholy Moly there is SO much sugar in cereals lately! HERE is a great chart that compares different cereals, their sugar content, and if they contain HFCS (High Fructose Corn Syrup)- one of the ugliest sugars. You may be surprised by what you find! For instance, isn’t Raisin Bran supposed to be a healthy cereal? With a whopping 20 grams per 1 cup serving! That’s another thing to make sure you look out for- serving size. Sometimes the label will read 5 gm sugar per serving. This may look like a small amount, but when you look at the serving size, it is 1 tbs! That is 5 grams of sugar for every 1 tbs. of cereal! As you may know, sugar is cancer’s favorite food. Sugar depletes the body in every way and if you eat a sugary cereal for breakfast you are almost guaranteed to crash later. Choose low to no sugar alternatives and sweeten with stevia if you need to.
I was SO disapointed when I learned that Kashi uses GMO (Genetically Modified Organism) ingredients in their cereals! Kashi is touted as one of the healthier cereal options we have available to us! GMO foods are INCREDIBLY DANGEROUS! They can splice your DNA, cause tumors, cancer, infertility, you name it! You MUST read this shocking study done on GMO foods where they are proven to cause these horrendous diseases and where 70% of female test subjects died early! PLEASE educate yourself on this matter and VOTE YES ON PROP 37 on the CA ballot.
5. SYNTHETIC & PROCESSED
You know all those words and special wording on cereal boxes that make them pretty and look nutritious? It usually starts with “enriched with…”. Although this long list of vitamins may look appealing, they are actually synthetic man-made ingredients that do nothing for your health. In addition, many cereals are highly processed and contain grains that are very difficult to digest due to the way in which they became a cereal. Nothing processed or synthetic going into your body is a good thing. This causes many digestive issues and throws your body out of whack.
SO WHAT’S THE SOLUTION???
Homemade cereal is one of them! Here is my SUPER quick, easy, & nutritious cereal recipe that anyone can make at home.
You will need:
- Food Processor, vitamix, or something to chop nuts
- 1 cup mixed raw nuts of your choice: hazelnuts, brazil nuts, almonds, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, etc. ( All but the hazelnuts and brazil nuts should be soaked for at least 8 hours and rinsed)
- 1/2 cup raw shredded coconut
- 1 cup organic dried fruit of your choice: dates, figs, goji berries, golden berries, etc.(I have tried this recipe soaking the dried fruit as well as not, and both turned out good)
- 1/2 cup almond meal (you can also use the leftovers from making your nut milks!)
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- Pinch tumeric
- Optional ingredients:
- Cacao nibs
- 1 tbs. coconut oil
- Sunrider Nuplus packets
- Spirulina/chlorella (will make a GREEN cereal!)
1. Put all contents in a food processor. Pulse a few times until all ingredients are combined and look like granola.
2. YOUR DONE. 🙂 Add your choice of healthy milk alternatives, berries, and sweeten with stevia if you’d like, and enjoy!
3. Store in a glass jar. You can also store this in the freezer. I love my cereal cold, so I prefer eating it this way.
“Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?” – (Genesis 3:1)
-Don’t forget…the devil knows the bible very well and will use it to try and trick you…this verse came from an awesome devotional today. You can check it out here