If you know me or Laura personally, or follow either of us on Facebook, you probably know that when it comes to health, diet and the right kind of supplements are important to us. Yet there is so much information out there about what is healthy and what is not. Combine that with the slippery slopes of food marketing for the purpose of selling a product (not because it’s wholesome and beneficial to your body), and eating healthy can become tricky. So, let me make things very simple: EAT GOOD FOOD!
What! That’s way too simple…and that’s the point. Not long ago, I was praying about my diet and asking God for wisdom, and that was His response to me, “Eat good food.” God’s wisdom is usually very simple and very profound. Eating good food simply means that whenever you pick something up to put in your mouth, first ask the question, “Will this food make my body feel better, run better, look better?” If you can answer this question with a resounding, “Yes!” then more than likely you are putting good fuel into your body. If you have to hesitate or think about it, then it probably means that the answer is “no” and you should put the food down….or in the garbage 🙂 Asking the above question has helped me greatly in making better food choices.
Some of you may be thinking, “There are a lot of foods that I don’t know whether they are healthy or not.” That’s ok. I’m in the same boat, and I’ve been researching this stuff for the past two years. Therefore, when you encounter the response of “I don’t know,” allow it to be a springboard for discovery. Look into the matter and search it out. Find out for yourself if something is healthy or not. Ask me, ask Laura, talk to an expert, read blogs or articles, do something to build your knowledge. The more knowledge you have, the better you will be able to answer the question, “Will this food make my body feel better, run better, look better?” The better you are able to answer the question, the more you will be choosing to “eat good food.”
Now, let’s look at the issue of, “What happens when I don’t eat good food?” The one thing you don’t do is say to yourself, “Aww man, now I’ve blown it. I might as well go back to my old ways of eating.” NO! Instead, give yourself some grace, allow yourself to enjoy whatever “bad” food you consumed (hopefully in a small quantity), and then take some mental or physical notes of what happens next. How do you feel after eating the “bad” food? Did your stomach start cramping? Did you get a headache? Did your stomach start to gurgle and the next morning was unpleasant when you visited the bathroom? Did your tongue feel rubbed raw afterward? The questions could continue. The main thing is to begin realizing the signals your body sends off when you put “bad food” into your body. When you can identify these signals, it becomes easier to resist the bad the next time and the next. I’ll end this paragraph with a confession: Last night, I had a fair share of fried jalapenos and pickles while celebrating my mother in law’s birthday. I allowed myself to enjoy them but took note of what happened next: bloating, gas, and an unpleasant visit to the bathroom this morning (I apologize to those readers who are uncomfortable with this kind of info, but get used to it if you want to talk about health).
Finally, here are some general tips on what kind of foods are healthy. Fresh fruits, veggies, nuts, seeds, raw and unprocessed dairy and meat, spices, honey, herbal teas, and organic coffee are generally “good” foods that have health benefits for your body. On the other hand, sugar, most grains, processed meats and dairy, processed foods in general, manufactured (artificial) sweeteners and food additives such as Splenda, Sweet-N-Low, MSG, maltodextrin, and a slew of others are generally harmful in some way to your body. For the keen reader, you may have noticed that I did not mention oils. This is a topic I would like to tackle in a separate blog post, so look for it in the near future.
God’s blessings on your health and vitality,