Adjective: existing in or formed by nature. Simple enough right? Well maybe not…just ask PepsiCo. Kellogg’s and even Kashi. Lawsuits have been filed against several companies who claim their packaged foods are “natural.” In today’s wall street journal an article discusses the removal of natural labels from several food packages. Companies would rather not take the chance claiming to have natural products if they are not truly natural. Consumers want to know that if a product claims to be natural, that it actually is! Big corporations want to profit from people’s desires to be health conscious but are not willing to actually deliver what they claim.
So this is where you as a knowledgeable consumer come in. Read the LABEL. If a product claims to be natural, that is not a guarantee that it is. The only food you can say is natural for sure are foods you eat in raw form ( but with genetically modified foods now you can’t be certain about that either ).
Look out for artificial ingredients such as high fructose corn syrup, foods dyes, hydrogenated oils and artificial sweeteners. The fewer ingredients the better!
It’s getting close to that time. When I say “that time” I mean competition prep time. It has taken me quite a while to commit to doing another show. I think about it everyday. I fantasize about the routine I will do, I literally see myself on stage in the condition that I want to be in and winning. I know I can do it but I know the dedication that is required to do my best. I have done it before…I have gone on stage in peak condition and I know the type of training and diet that works for me. I psych myself up mentally, get excited, and then I think about the process.
I think about the restriction, the time commitment, and the disappointment that I faced after the last show. But I am better than that. I can’t give up. I work too hard everyday not to give it another shot. When I look at other competitors, I know I can be just as good and even better than them. I have built a good base and I just need to chisel away. So I decided today that I am going to give it another go. Whatever it takes. I’m not going to think about the obstacles that may get in my way, I’m just going to find a way. This is not about winning a trophy, this about redemption.
If you have something you want to do and you can’t stop thinking about it, then that is a sign that you need to do it. The only thing holding you back is your own fear.