So, if your body is your vehicle to move through life (read What Kind of Vehicle Do You Live In?), then the food you eat is the fuel that powers your vehicle. It’s important to Move Well in order to keep your engine running well. And it’s important to Eat Well in order to give you the energy you need to keep your vehicle powered and ready to go, ready to do the things you want to do.
The foods you eat provide your body the building blocks it needs to repair injuries, to replace old cells with new ones and to fight disease and infection… generally, to build and maintain all of your body’s cells, tissues and organs.
Your body’s digestive system is an amazingly complex and powerful system that elegantly transforms the foods you eat into the living, breathing, healthy YOU. Think about the last meal you ate and consider that your body is converting that food right now into the components of your body. It’s using carbs to fuel your brain and to fuel all the inner workings of all of your cells. It’s using fats to rebuild cell wall. It’s using protein to rebuild and grow your muscles.
You are what you eat!
So… are you coffee and donuts? Or are you whole grains and fruits? Which do you think your body would prefer to use to rebuild and repair itself? Candy bars and ice cream? Or oranges and apples?
Which do you think would be a better source of fuel for your Masarati? Hamburgers and French fries? Or lean meats and salads?
The answers to each of these questions seem pretty obvious when presented that way don’t they? But most of the time, we don’t think about making food choices in terms of the energy and health it would bring us. Instead, we make food choices based on cravings and the conveniences we feel we need to indulge in at that moment. We have gotten so far away from our innate, natural eating tendencies that we’re literally making ourselves sick with the foods we eat.
4 of the top 5 leading causes of death in this country are largely “diseases of the fork”. Heart Disease, Stroke, Diabetes and Cancer are all diseases that kill millions of people every year and each are killers that can be easily prevented with simple, proven eating habits.
But food is also meant to be enjoyed. Don’t think that to eat healthy that you have to eat boring or that you have to deprive yourself of the foods you love. Don’t think that you can never have ice cream again or pizza again or a glass of Cabernet again. NO WAY! Food is meant to be enjoyed! Why else would all of those foods taste so good, right?
So with any healthy eating program you adopt, I always recommend that you never completely eliminate something you feel is unhealthy for you from your diet. Rather, I recommend add in lots of healthy foods and healthy eating habits so that you can enjoy more moderate amounts of the foods that you feel are unhealthy for you.
But pay attention to that statement…I didn’t just say, “so you can enjoy more… of those unhealthy foods”
I said “so you can enjoy more moderate amounts of those foods!”
*Adapted from the Being Well Lifestyles Home Study Course by Dr. Jay Warren.
Drawing on over two decades of experience as a hands-on holistic practitioner, Dr. Jay Warren is a primary healthcare provider and licensed chiropractor in the San Diego area. He has spent tens of thousands of clinical hours helping his patients achieve their optimal health potential through holistic approaches bolstered by years of personal experimentation, education and research. Dr. Jay creates customized plans integrating exercise, nutrition and stress management strategies to overcome a myriad of health maladies. For more information, call 619-239-0053, email Info@BeingWellLifestyles.com or visit www.BeingWellLifestyles.com.