The food we eat contain a combination of vitamins, nutrients and antioxidants our body can use and process. No single food can provide us with a complete package of nutritional products, unless it’s name is “Multi-vitamin”. Even so, multi-vitamins are chemically altered and don’t contain the natural qualities of vitamins that can be found in fruits, vegetables, meats and other types of food. You’ll notice that the last 3 types of food I mentioned typically can be found in prepackaged foods, but the real and raw deal is the optimum.
Growing up, I was taught the basic food pyramid group. The technical science (mind boggling, not to mention boring) triangular shape did little to nothing to help me understand where food comes from. I thought food came from a box like Kraft Mac & Cheese, or from the the frozen section. My parents cooked at home often, but since I wasn’t allowed in the kitchen it furthered me from the truth of where food comes from. How many people suffer from this same problem? How am I to learn how to feed myself if I am not given the proper tools?
Today, you’ll find people of all different shapes and sizes. There are the skinny, overweight ones and the people who don’t gain a single pound no matter how much they eat. It never ceases to amaze me. But the fact of the matter is (and my point to make) is that we are what we eat. I’m not sure why, but for some reason there is a major disconnect between understanding that what we eat and put in our mouths, affects the physique, energy and mental state of our body. No joke!
I remember the days when I would visit fast food Chinese restaurants and order the most savory dishes on the menu. They always tasted great and I never minded the funky taste it left on my tongue, but I always felt sleepy and groggy immediately and the day after. I continued this diet for many years until I realized that I was poisoning myself with MSG, mono-sodium-glutamate. If you don’t know what MSG is, read about it here.
What I’ve learned today, a mere 33 years later since my birth is that:
- Each and every single person has a different body makeup. I don’t mean cosmetic powder and mascara, but I am referring to the physical body, DNA, muscle, tissue, and cell memory.
- The more pure the food in its natural state, the better it is for you (unless it isn’t meant to be consumed raw like pork, for example).
- Each and every single person’s body responds differently to an assortment of foods, vegetables, fruits, meats, fish, dairy and anything else in a raw form and natural state. Some foods are more beneficial to others, whereas others might have adverse effects. Our bodies are like sponges, we absorb what we eat and survive by the nutrients we feed ourselves. By food, I am not referring to something that comes manufactured and pre-made in a box, container, frozen section or plastic wrapper. Would you eat a banana that comes in a can? Yuck!
- Use common sense in picking what you eat. The brighter the color of the food, the better. Again, I’m not referring to the bright colors on the package. Yes, Kraft Mac & Cheese has a VERY pretty royal blue box!
If you are privy to BBC America, a good show to watch is “You Are What You Eat” featuring Gillian McKeith. She helps people understand what they’re doing wrong in their diets to help them lose weight and gain more energy. Definitely informative!
I also found a Picture Show that documents what people store in their fridges, which also speaks clearly about their diet and lifestyle habits. Not that I’m judging anyone, but it helps prove a point. http://www.good.is/post/picture-show-you-are-what-you-eat/
Finally last but not least, the last photo goes to a dog who ate a Rubber Ducky. “The couple became concerned when six-year-old Spike began vomiting just before Christmas.” said Mr Smith and his wife Lorraine Fenton. To my point, what goes in must come out. Unfortunately there is no nutritious value in the plastic ducky, nor will you find it in the Food Pyramid. If you’re vomiting a lot like Spike, have low energy, feeling sluggish, tired, groggy or are just not feeling well, consider where your food comes from. It might help!