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Don't Eat Crap: Your Mother Was Right

Updated: Oct 23, 2023

You Are What You Eat!

Junk Food Is Killing You!
Stop. Putting. Garbage. In your mouth!

Question: What's the number one thing I can do for my health?

Answer: Stop eating crap. This is easy. Just do it. Yes, it's that simple. Remember the old adage, "You are what you eat.”? Yep. Turns out your mother was right. Again.

I don’t think diet is complicated. I’ve said it before and I will say it again: If the good Lord put it on the planet and it wasn’t sprayed with a bunch of chemicals, it’s probably ok for you to eat. If it comes out of a box, a bag, a can, a jar, contains ingredients you can’t pronounce, or is a color that isn't found in nature – well, then, it’s probably not.

Your body is a temple, People. Not a Kwik Trip. If you treat it poorly, expect frequent trips to the doctor. Your external well-being starts from within, based on what you put in your body. To be truly healthy, you must eat and live healthily. When your diet is wrong, medicine is useless. But when your diet is right, medicine becomes unnecessary. So, take control of what you consume and ask yourself, "Am I feeding myself garbage?" If the answer is yes, then stop eating, but keep reading. Three Core Principles of Healthy Eating:

  • Energy: Does it provide fuel?

  • Medicine: Does it strengthen and heal?

  • Connection: Does it foster healthy relationships?

Eating is a necessity, so be smart about it. Put thought into what you consume. First and foremost, remember the Golden Rule: Don't Eat Crap. Why You Need Healthy Foods for Energy Food gives you energy through calories, fueling every cell and organ. Your quality of life depends on it. Just as you wouldn't fill a high-performance car with low-grade fuel, why settle for less with your body? Neglecting your body's fuel needs means your car might outlive you. I’m not against meat, but most people don’t eat anywhere near enough fiber rich vegetables and fruit. You don't need to dig your own grave with a knife and fork. Focus on a wide variety of whole, high-quality, plant-based foods. They provide your body with the optimal fuel it needs to function at its best. Crap will not. Fueling Your Body: Macronutrients and Micronutrients Macronutrients (carbohydrates, protein, and fat) are broken down for different bodily functions. Meanwhile, micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) play vital roles in various bodily processes. They may not provide energy directly, but they are essential. Here are some key vitamins and minerals your body needs: Vitamins B1-Thiamine: Converts nutrients to energy. B2-Riboflavin: Responsible for energy production and cell function. B3-Niacin: Converts food to energy. B5-Panthothenic Acid: Needed for fatty acid synthesis. B6-Pyridoxine: Releases sugar from stored carbs and creates red blood cells. B7-Biotin: Aids in amino acid, fatty acid, and glucose metabolism. B9-Folate: Important for cell division. B12-Cobalamin: Forms red blood cells and supports brain function. C-Ascorbic Acid: Helps create collagen and neurotransmitters. Minerals Calcium: Builds strong bones and muscles. Magnesium: Regulates blood pressure. Sodium: Balances fluids and maintains blood pressure. Potassium: Supports muscle and nerve function. Your body is efficient and takes what it needs from water-soluble vitamins, flushing out the rest. Provide your body with the right tools. Healthy Foods Are Medicine Food is not just fuel; it provides essential information for your body. If you're not functioning at your best, look no further than what you eat. Are you eating crap? Food can influence genes that control metabolism, disease risk, and lifespan. It can be the most powerful form of medicine or the slowest form of poison. Choose foods that love you back. Shift your perspective on what you eat and feed your family. Don't choose unhealthy foods as "rewards." You clean the garage and reward yourself with chips and a Big Mac? That's no reward – you're just asking for time on the toilet. Those chemicals like BHA and BHT in chips have health concerns like endocrine disruption and organ-system toxicity. Not much of a reward. You have a choice: Chips & Coke or Health & Longevity. You can't have both. Not on a daily basis anyway. Optimal health calls for a whole foods-based approach. Fill your plate with whole foods and minimize processed ones. While it may be challenging to avoid processed foods completely, try to make more intelligent choices than stupid ones. Go for lightly processed options like yogurt, bagged spinach or kale, cut fresh fruits and vegetables (yes, convenience comes with a side of plastic, an endocrine disruptor – I know stop shouting at me), canned tomatoes (check for unnecessary additives), and frozen fruits and vegetables (also available in more plastic – just please, for the love of God, do not microwave in said plastic). Whole foods are powerful medicines that can improve health and prevent disease. Every time you choose healthy foods, you're rewarding yourself and your well-being. You can either feed disease or fight it. So, ask yourself, "Is this food rewarding or punishing me and my health?" A brief word on insulin resistance – only because I rant about it endlessly and don’t want to bore you to tears... Of all the risk factors for chronic disease (diabetes, heart disease, cancer, dementia), insulin resistance is numero uno. You definitely don't want this. Know that the most direct path to insulin resistance involves consuming highly processed foods loaded with simple sugars and saturated fats. These not only lead to insulin resistance but worsen it. Food is indeed the best medicine. Nutrition complements any treatment and is the only remedy that can bring full recovery. Remember, poor-quality foods contribute to disease by depriving your body of essential nutrients. Opt for clean, organically grown foods to reduce the toxic substances in your body. Yes, we're all exposed to various chemicals because we live on planet earth, but you have control over what you put in your mouth. Understanding your exposure helps you make informed food choices and live a healthier life. Fresh organic or unsprayed foods offer more vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients. Commercially raised foods, treated with toxic substances, lack the nutrients your body needs. The right nutrients can heal and reverse chronic diseases. So, make the most of your local farmer's market or seek "certified organic" options at stores. Your body is efficient and takes what it needs from water-soluble vitamins, flushing out the rest. Provide your body with the right tools. Healthy Foods Create Healthy Connections Food connects us globally through culture and shared experiences. It sustains and nourishes us while bringing communities together. Sharing a meal with loved ones activates the pleasure and reward system in our brains, making it an irrefutable good time. Isn't it incredible how food can foster such joy? So, let's celebrate and indulge in the pleasure of sharing good food with friends and family. Remember, it's the company and the choices we make that matter. In conclusion, revamp your nutrition journey by ditching the crap, fueling your body with high-quality whole foods, and savoring the connections created through food. Choose health, choose longevity, and always remember that you are what you eat—so be smart, fun, and creative in your culinary choices! And to sprinkle one more bit of additional wisdom on your plate... When it comes to nutrition, it's not just about what you eat but also how you eat. Presentation matters. If you have prepared a beautiful grilled salmon dinner, highlight your key ingredient – make it look pretty on your plate with placement, herbs, a slice of lemon. You eat with your eyes first. Balance it with foods of different colors and textures. Use appropriate portions. Don’t overcomplicate things.

Chili Maple Lime Salad Bowl From Ambitious Kitchen So, slow down and savor each bite – actually chew your food. Take a moment to appreciate the flavors, textures, and aromas. It's like gastronomic deliciousness right in your mouth. I get it - kind of gross, but admittedly, kind of cool too. Life is all about balance, right? So, if you find yourself face-to-face with a decadent chocolate cake or a slice of cheesy pizza, go ahead and indulge. Remember, it's about moderation, not deprivation. Just make sure that most of the time, you're treating your body like the VIP it is. Friends, embrace the power of nutrition, laugh in the face of crappy food, and savor the joy of healthy eating. You have the power to transform your health, one delicious bite at a time. Bon appétit! Cheers to your individual nutritional journey!

Remember, you are what you eat,

so don’t be fast, cheap, easy, or fake!


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