You know you are authentic when . . . you nourish your body with whole, natural food!
Ever notice how sluggish you feel after eating bread and sweets?
Sugary foods literally put me to sleep! These low quality foods are nutrient deficient and create many health issues. If we eat poorly, we suffer because everything that goes in the mouth is used to energize the body and create new cells. Since we are what we eat in the physical realm, the truth regarding computer data also applies here: GI-GO! Garbage In-Garbage Out!
For the same reason we would never buy anything made with inferior parts, we would be foolish to replenish our bodies with substandard fuel. Good nutrition is critical for optimal function. When we eat simple carbohydrates the body objects. Food made with processed ingredients—white flour, sugar, white rice, homogenized and pasteurized dairy products and mono saturated oils—cause inflammation, painful muscles and joints and physical decline. Preservatives, pesticides, insecticides, chlorine, fluoride and other environmental toxins also interfere with the body’s ability to function well.
Whole Food as Fuel
To be authentic means we respect the true nature of our being and do everything possible to treat it well. When we nourish the body with pure water and whole, natural food, we not only live longer and healthier lives, we raise our vibration. Our cells jump for joy and more effectively fulfill their unique roles. They also work in greater harmony with each other. Given a nourishing and optimal inner environment, we also can more effectively carry out our roles and responsibilities at home, in the workplace and in the community.
Healthy eaters face another challenge—GMOs (genetically modified organisms). Many crops (soy, corn, sugar beets, papaya, animal feeds and animal products like meat and milk) have been altered or are grown in soils so they are resistant to pests. Bees, butterflies and birds are dying from toxins and modified foods have not been proven to be safe for human consumption. Our only option is to avoid those that have been adulterated. Organic and GMO Project Verified foods are safest.
Common Health Issues — Obesity and Diabetes
Statistics show an alarming rate of obesity in the U.S. Two-thirds of adults and one-third of children are overweight. Demanding work schedules, breakdown of family meals and fast food with its excessive portions and empty calories are contributing factors. Obesity contributes to diabetes, heart disease, cancer and other chronic illnesses. It also leads to poor productivity in the workplace, drains medical services and increases insurance rates.
Last season, I fell off the healthy eating wagon and resumed some bad habits. During this busy time with many holidays and social events, I over ate, drank too much and succumbed to tempting sweets. As a result, I gained weight—again! Since I had slimmed down the previous year, I was very unhappy with this latest yo-yo. Efforts to curb my appetite were futile and frustrating.
Life-Style Change vs. Diet
In the past when I put on a few extra pounds, I tried to diet and eliminate “bad” things for a time. Unfortunately, diets are temporary fixes and do not result in long-term lifestyle changes. Short-term weight loss also leads to rebound gains. Because of our innate drive for self-preservation, the very thought of the word “diet” and consuming less puts the body into storage mode. This means that consuming fewer calories may actually lead to weight gain! No wonder it is so difficult to lose unwanted pounds and keep them off!
A 20-day detox finally helped me break this negative cycle. In the process, I discovered something interesting. When our bodies are filled with toxins, our organs do not work well. The liver in particular stores calories even when the body demands more fuel. This explains why fasting or cleansing at intervals is important. We may not be able to eliminate exposure to toxins in the environment but we can avoid some by eating organic fruit, vegetables, grains and meats. This helps to cleanse us from the inside out and keeps the body functioning at peak performance.
Benefits of Great White Out
Instead of embracing the latest weight-loss fad, consider permanently eliminating “white stuff” from your diet—white flour, sugar, rice, and mono-saturated fats. Consume whole, natural food—fruits, vegetables, healthy grains like quinoa, raw nuts, EVOO and other high quality oils, and lean meats like chicken and fish. After a good cleanse, this approach can bring success and continues to work for me. You will also be surprised at how good you feel. Within four days my energy shifted and I felt fabulous! My sweet addiction subsided and I was easily able to resume and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
When we power the body with high quality fuel, we not only feel great, but also prevent disease, promote healing, lengthen life and improve the quality of life. By respecting the body and treating it well, we are authentic in this very important physiological way.