What are you eating?

The last five rules you’ll ever need to know about food are right here. If you care about your inner health, read on…

It astounds me as to how many people are walking around in the world today that do not know they have a body attached to their head! Sometimes I feel like shouting out,”Look down, there’s a body there, it’s yours so look after it”. Your body is a “patient” organism. It tries to accommodate the environment you create for it. Your body will work hard to digest the inorganic, processed, nutrient-void “foods” it is fed, the excessive amount of alcohol that can be poured into it and the chemicals it has to deal with day after day after day.

One day however, it will start to rebel in order to protect itself. You may feel bloated, tired, overweight, lethargic, and then the “lifestyle diseases” will set in. Who’s to blame?

Rule 1: If you can’t do it for life, it won’t work!

Think about it. Regardless of whatever else you do in your life, there are a few certainties and eating is definitely one of them. You will have to do this for some time to come so why not develop a good, healthy relationship with food. What is the number one reason for eating? If you answered for enjoyment, then you’re wrong. You already know the correct answer to this question. It is to feed your body the essential nutrients it needs to sustain life.

But let’s face it, are you happy with just sustaining life? Don’t you want to live your best life, have energy to last throughout the day, play with your kids or grandkids without stopping to rest? Afterall, if you plan to live till at least 100 years old ( I know I certainly am), then you need your body to keep up with you. Therefore supplying it with the proper nutrients is essential to maintain good health.

Diets don’t work because they are not maintainable. If you can’t do it for life, that means forever, then you are almost guaranteed to fail. Don’t implement a strategy that is designed to fail, then medicate yourself with food once that failure is complete. That sounds like a self fulfilling prophecy to me! Eating a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, lean meats, poultry, fish, legumes and whole grains, along with drinking plenty of water will ensure you are treating the body right. If you focus on the inside, the outside will take care of itself!

Rule 2: Does it grow that way?

This is my personal mantra and can basically summarise many years of study and research in one small, simple sentence!

Does the food on your plate, what you had for lunch, or are going to have for dinner actually GROW that way? What tree does the bowl of fruit loops your child had for breakfast grow on exactly? Where did that lo-cal, cholesterol lowering, salt reduced, I can’t believe it’s not butter, margarine looking lard substance you spread on your toast this morning come from? Do you  really want to know the answer to that question? Really?

What are the ramifications of all these substitutes, processed foods in the long run?

If you keep rule number 2 in mind whenever you go shopping for your groceries, when choosing something from a menu at a restaurant, when you decide what you’ll prepare for dinner or buy for lunch, chances are you’ll be eating the right thing. Choosing fresh fruit and veg is an obvious choice. Healthy lean meats, wholemeal or whole wheat pasta, brown rice, legumes all pretty much grow that way. Are you starting to see the picture?

Make it your mantra too!

Rule 3:  How many processes did your food have to go through to GET to your plate?

Many foods are great to eat raw. They retain their nutrients, are rich in flavours not to mention life saving anti-oxidants but there are some foods better eaten  cooked.

Meats are the obvious one here, chicken, fish and some seafood. Let’s use fish as an example. How many processes does a fish have to go through, from swimming in the sea to becoming a “fish finger” crumbed and battered on your plate cooked to a golden brown? Can’t say I’ve seen too many fish fingers swimming around in the ocean lately!

If the main reason we eat is to sustain life, to aid cell recovery, to help boost energy levels, concentration levels at school or work, how will this be achieved if the food we’re eating has had the nutrients processed out of it? More and more manufacturers are now adding artificial Omega 3 & 6 to foods. Everything from frozen fish fillets to milk! It seems like the popular thing to do, to add synthetic vitamins to food. Why not simply add walnuts or some avocado to your snack time or dinner?

Your body is a natural, organic living organism. It recognises substances which are organic, chemical and hormone free food, not artificially coloured, flavoured, preserved and irradiated food.  Adding foods and chemicals your body doesn’t recognise causes a long list of health problems.

Rule 4: If it’s white it’s not alright.

Sure, the wheat that makes your bread will have to be processed to be made into an edible form but let’s keep some of the nutrients in it by choosing to eat wholemeal.

White bread is JUNK FOOD.

Stop giving it to your kids, stop eating it yourself. Your body does not recognise it and then you wonder why you feel bloated! Good thing those manufacturers remembered to ADD fibre back in after they pummeled it out. And then they dare to advertise they actually did it!

Of course if the pummeling didn’t kill the nutrients, then the bleaching surely will! If you wouldn’t pour bleach on your skin then why would you ever consider putting it inside your body? Eating bleached flour in white bread is synonymous to that. Think about it.. Did it grow that way?

Did the garlic that you crushed for dinner to add to your bleached white pasta grow that way or has it been discoloured to a lilly white for aesthetic purposes? What’s the result of all these bleached foods entering your body daily?

Rule 5: Drink water, just plain water.

I know there has been a lot of talk about how much water we should drink and how to drink it and the information varies with each article. Reader beware!

Many people will drink a variety of different drinks and think they are keeping themselves hydrated. The fact, is water is digested in several ways in the body. It is digested through the small intestine along with all foods, through the kidneys and also through the large intestine. No other nutrient is digested like this. The body is designed like this for a reason, so it can maximize the amount of water it absorbs.

Many article that I have read (some which have been written by unqualified authors) suggest that drinking tea, coffee and many other forms of beverage (including soft/soda drinks) all add to the daily count of water intake. Remember, for every cup of caffeinated beverage you drink, black tea, coffee, Coke etc… you lose an equal amount of water from your body. So, if you’re aiming at drinking 2 litres or water or 8 glasses, as is the average recommended amount, then proceed to have 1 cola drink, 2 coffees and a tea throughout the day, you are actually down to 4 glasses of water for that day. This means you are in H2O deficit.

Remember, drink plain water as often as you can. You don’t have to like it, you just have to drink it!

Add these five simple rules to your daily thought processes and the way you look at food will change for the best. When you next look down, your body will be smiling back up at you!

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