Eating is a Choice with Consequences...Good or Bad

plateoffood2Continually recommitting to eat right happens each time I run out the door without food and stop by a place to eat with the premise that I can find something healthy on their menu.  The fact is, unless you go to a "Farm to Fork" restaurant and pay the prices they charge, or go to a good grocery store and read the labels well, you will not find healthy food to eat on the fly. 
Eating nutritious food requires due-diligence. It requires planning, growing, harvesting, storing and eating the correct foods. It requires knowing what is in your food and your definition of healthy will seldom be someone else's definition of healthy. 
One thing I know. If I see something that someone is eating or putting in their shopping cart and wish I could have it, I look at their body. Not always, but the majority of the time, they have a belly I don't want, or fat proportions I don't want. Does that mean I go around judging how others look? Sometimes. But only to keep myself on track. I don't have diabetes, or heart disease, or auto-immune disease. I don't take anti-acids. I don't take medications. I would like to keep it that way and improve my health daily. I know that by putting sugar, hydrogenated fats and oils and pesticides from fruits and vegetables in my body, I too will be in the doctor's office regularly. 
Eating is a choice with consequences. Food is our body's fuel. Exercise is how our muscles and bones are maintained once we put the right fuel in. Our digestive system is the way we get our nutrients to keep our bodies growing. Eating cheap food, food on the fly and food that is readily available as you drive by a window will not provide our bodies with the long-term health and vitality they require. 

Fuel Rules

plate of food470Break your fast shortly after waking. You have been fasting from food all night and the glycogen stores have been keeping you going. Now is the time to replenish those stores. Eat a good breakfast and just like all the other times when you eat, include 4 basic items. Fuel should always be equal parts of a good protein and a good carbohydrate. Add a non-starchy vegetable and cook in good fats.  (The use of glycogen is a short-term solution. Once depleted, the body searches for another source of energy. The body uses amino acids from muscle protein to make glucose, thus breaking down the muscles. This is called gluconeogenesis when glucose is made from a non-carbohydrate source.)

Breakfast is the beginning of your fuel for the day and you will replenish fuel every 2-3 hours. The fuel in-between the meals are smaller but still equal. We like to call them 4-pak-snaks. Again, the snack should be equal parts of a good protein and a good carbohydrate. Add a vegetable and when possible add a good fat in the form of nuts, avocado, etc.
We need to eat foods that our bodies are made from. Eating real food is a Fuel Rule.

Fuel rule # 1 = When you eat something eat four things, Good protein and carbohydrates with a non-starchy vegetable and a good fat.
Fuel rule # 2 – Never skip a meal
Fuel rule # 3 – Eliminate Refined Foods
Fuel rule # 4 - Eat Real Food
Fuel rule # 5 – Drink water daily

Eating is necessary and can be fun. We often get bogged down with meals because it sometimes appears that we get cleaned up from one meal and it is time to prepare another. Use a menu planner whenever possible. There is no rule that states meals have to all be hot with prepared courses. Lunch can be strips of a good white cheese, with a pile of good tuna, a handful of nuts, carrots sticks or cucumber slices and half a slice of sprouted bread and butter. This covers all the areas you need to eat. It is simple and makes it easy to know you are getting a variety. Eat in seasons. When there are berries, add berries. When there are tomatoes, add tomatoes. You get the idea. Eat a variety of food to get a variety of vitamins and minerals. 

The Art of Chewing

Rhendachewing“When our pleasure is fulfilled, we are fulfilled and stop eating.  If we aren’t getting pleasure from our food, we keep on eating (searching) to find that pleasure.” (Melissa Kelly, Mediterranean Women Stay Slim, Too pg 25-26)

Good food is artwork. It is a pleasure to make, a joy to eat, and fills the body and soul with energy to accomplish the rest of life’s desires. Good food brings satisfaction and peace. 

The first activity of our lives is nourishment from mother’s breast. Often, the last activity is someone spooning broth into the mouth to give nourishment. Between the first sip and the last is a lifetime of tastes, decisions, mistakes, experiments, indulges, and sheer enjoyment. The mouth begins it all.

Chewing begins digestion

Chewing is a science, a job, a necessary pleasure that is overlooked. Chewing is the most important part of digesting. Chewing is the step we have control over, the conscious step that we have to give our bodies the nourishment they require.

Stop and eat. Do not drive and eat, run from place to place and eat, eat while you work, eat while you watch TV, eat while you play. Give eating its own time and place. I fought this for years. While at a community college I took a behavior modification class because it looked like an easy credit. My assignment was to eat without doing anything else. I told myself, “I do not enjoy eating; I do not have time to eat, so I have to eat while doing something else or I will not eat at all”. Pretty arrogant!  I learned nothing that semester in that class, but I do remember the assignment to this day because I was so against doing it.

Food as fuel

It was not until I started understanding food as a fuel, nourishment, and necessity that I began creating my own meals, taking pictures of them and enjoying every bite. Unfortunately, my children were grown and they had reaped the bad habits I had taught them. Therefore, I hope I can find some cord that will blend together with your desire, thoughts, and taste buds so you can understand the joy that can come from eating. The pleasure and fulfillment of eating the correct foods and taking care of the beautiful bodies we have been given is a lifetime stipulation to health and vitality.

Choose a place to eat

Choose a place to eat where your meals will take place.

 In the morning it may be on the patio or deck to feel the morning sun. In winter it may be in front of the fireplace where it is warm and cozy.

At lunchtime find a place in your work environment that is conducive to eating. Some suggestions are in the lunchroom, on the patio somewhere, or on the steps of the nearby church. When I worked in New York City, I often ate on the steps of St Patrick’s Cathedral which was across from my office. Find a warm place that is inviting and away from your work. Do not use the desk because it is filled with work, others will find you to interrupt you and you seldom can you let go of work when you are sitting where the action takes place. Find your place, your niche, your getaway to relax, to eat, to dine.

For suppertime, gather round the table with no television on. (This is the beauty of DVR, or TiVo.) The show can wait until you can give it your full attention.

Food must appeal to us to eat it. The smell and sight of food activates juices to get ready because something is coming. So truly enjoying our food helps us digest it. Trying smelling, seeing and chewing and see how much better you feel.

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Growing Older .....


Growing older has so many distinctions. My older friends tell me not to grow old because it is so limiting. I tell them that the alternative is that I die now, so I choose to get old. I see so many of my generation and older in poor health and know it did not have to be. Their lifestyle choices made by them and the world around them have contributed to the consequences they now experience. Many of these lifestyle choices were made because they were told things by governmental agencies and companies and believed these companies had the public's best interest at heart. Perhaps the companies believed they did. 

I used to listen to my mom and aunt tell me I needed to eat better because I shouldn’t eat so much sugar or drink soft drinks. Finally, I understand. I have researched for myself and studied and had so many patients who were ill with diabetes, arthritis, Alzheimer’s, osteoporosis and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). I finally listened. I finally learned. It is reversible. Changing the way we eat, what we eat, what we buy, how we move our bodies, how we grow our food and how we live our lives has a direct correlation on the illnesses our body does or does not acquire.

I stopped consuming the refined, processed products that the corporations sell for profit. I learned to grow my own vegetables in soil full of nutrients. I learned that good fats do not make you fat but are needed to make our bodies function appropriately. I learned that our bodies are very resilient and can mask symptoms for many years and then as we get older, the body no longer makes up for the years of abuse and succumbs to illness. So the alternative is not to die now, but to eat correctly now, to make exercise a daily part of my life, to grow food properly, to manage my stress, and to sleep at night. Then I can do as my older friends tell me, “Not get old”. I have learned how beautiful true Real food is and how much enjoyment there is in dining and eating it. I can feel the difference in my body when I put the correct fuel in and when I do not.

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