Processed Foods

In my teenage years, my go to snack was instant noodles..

It was a quick, easy and inexpensive. I could make it as a snack or as a meal, depending on the ingredients. As a snack, I’d simply add boiling water – easy!

As a meal, I’d add bok choy, spring onion and spinach. This was a completely vegan dish, but it was processed. At the time, all I knew was it was easy, delicious and I could buy a box of 20 for $15 – That’s 20 meals! I thought I was on a winner.

As I grew into my 20’s, I started to eat more of a wholesale diet. Fast-forward a number of years after I’d gone vegan, one afternoon, I had a craving for instant noodles. I took myself to the grocery store and purchased the ingredients; the noodles and the greens. I cooked the meal, and as I ate it, it took me back to my teenage years and reminded me of some lovely memories sharing noodles with friends.
The next morning I woke up bloated as I had ever been since going vegan. I felt full, sick and struggled to move as fluid as usual.

Below is a comparison photo. The left photo was taken the morning after consuming the noodles, the right photo was taken the following day, once my system had a chance to break down the processed food.

This experience gifted me an incredible lesson – limit my processed food intake. In this day and age, it’s difficult to completely eliminate them, but we can make better choices.

80% of the time, I eat a whole food plant based diet. This is what I recommend to live your best life.

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