Is Jalapeno Sauce Not Green Enough?

Why do we need to eat meat that has artificial red color injected into it?  Do we really want the fake smell of chemical air-fresheners in the air we breathe?  Is real chocolate so boring that we need to add artificial flavoring to our ice cream?

Our consumer world is so full of artificial color, scent and flavor that many of us don’t know what natural is anymore.  We slather on chemically scented lotions and cleansers, we eat food sweetened with fake flavors, we drink unnaturally colored liquids.

Look at what is in your medicine cabinet, in your shower, on your pantry shelf, in your refrigerator.  Look at the ingredients – how many products that you use everyday contain “artificial flavors” or “Yellow No.5” or “fragrance”?   What would happen to your sense of smell if you stopped using body care products that smelled overly strong of artificial fragrances?  What would your taste buds savor if you gave your palate a break from chemical flavorings?  How mouth-watering would food look if you ate meals made from real ingredients found in nature?

I challenge you to try this for 2 weeks:  Use only unscented cleansers, shampoos, and lotions.  Eat food that is homemade or at least does not contain any artificial flavor.  Avoid any food or drink that contains artificial coloring.  Read your labels; just last week I saw jalapeno sauce on a restaurant table that had added blue and yellow coloring to make it look more green (jalapenos are already green!).

My guess is that you will not miss any of those chemicals.  And your nose, eyes and taste buds will wake up and become more alive than ever!  You will savor the scents, colors and flavors that nature has gifted us and find a new appreciation for foods and products that are made with natural ingredients.

Try the challenge for 2 weeks.  What was your experience?  How did it change the way you treat your body and senses now?

Tags: artificial color, artificial flavors, artificial fragrance, artificial ingredients, fragrance, healthy food, lifestyle, natural food, natural fragrance, natural ingredients, natural skin care

Topics: General Health, Miscellaneous

Publish Date: September 14, 2010     *Articles may include updates since original publishing.

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Diana Hermann is a licensed acupuncturist and board certified in Chinese Herbal Medicine. She received her Master Degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in Portland, OR and trained in China at the Nanjing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Diana treats patients in her Fort Collins, Colorado clinic and hand crafts herbal skin care products for her company Zi Zai Dermatology. In 2015, she completed the Diploma In Chinese Medicine Dermatology program from Avicenna in London, UK.

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  1. Amanda says:

    Amen! I’ve cleaned up my diet but need to focus on cosmetics. I have an annoying rash on my lips which doesn’t sound unlike what you went through. It makes you realize that our bodies don’t care about the smell or taste of something and it’s our skin that deals with the backlash of all these fake, chemical cocktails we’ve been brainwashed to love.

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