“ Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”
Hippocrates—The Father of Western Medicine—was right. He was right when he said it 2500 years ago, and he’s right today.
We’ve gotten careless. We worry more about the color of our carpet than the colors on our plate. We obsess over nail polish rather than nutrients. We are convinced that fashion sense and popularity are more important than good health and fitness.
Do you disagree?
We have forgotten how our body interacts with food. Maybe ‘forgotten’ is a strong word. Maybe it’s an exaggeration. Maybe we never knew it in the first place, or maybe we’ve been misled and misinformed: by glazy marketing, peer pressure or good old ignorance.
It doesn’t matter.
“Just because you can put something in your mouth, chew it, swallow it and then poop out doesn’t mean it’s food”- Cameron Diaz, actor, entrepreneur, author.
Think about it- From a single microscopic speck in your mother’s womb, you have grown into this amazing, glorious specimen reading this blog.
And how did that happen?
Single word- Nutrition.
The nutrients in the food that you consume ultimately determine how you grow, develop and thrive (or not).
If you want to feel good inside and outside, the only thing you have to pump-up on is more nutrition. So appropriate proportions of complex carbohydrates, lean proteins and healthy fats that we derive from whole foods nourish us at the cellular levels. Eating might feel like its about satisfying your hunger, or some cravings but the true purpose of food is to your nourish your greedy little cells that breath life. A combination of these macronutrients fuel the sustenance of the complex machine- our body.
You want to nourish your body with nutrient-dense calories versus empty calories. What is the difference?
Well, an apple has calories they have nutrition but an apple soda only has calories. So EMPTY calories are intensely processed junk foods that have no nutritional value to offer.
What should this mean to you?
Well, simply put you can down a day’s worth of your calories in a single meal without giving any nutrients to your body and yet feel full and leave you craving for more.
Does that ring a bell?
Happens with sugars and desserts all the time yeah? I feel you.
What you have to keep reminding yourself is to supply your body with nutrient rich foods to keep you feeling good, power your mind and nourish your health.
We have to gain real understanding about how our body reacts and processes food without which we will continue to behave like clan of junkies living under a spell, cursed repeatedly to opt for the bad choices by consuming miss-led knowledge leaving us to wonder why we fall caught that cold.