One subject I haven’t covered on Better Thought Media is health, yet it’s what I spend a lot of my extra time reading about. (I’m fascinated by the human body and how it best functions.) I’ve decided to introduce a health topic periodically to pass on vital information I think can enhance your life.
Today’s topic is food.
I’m sure we’ve all heard that the food we eat makes a difference in our health, yet the standard American diet is rather SAD.
According to this article, recent research shows that only 1 in 10 Americans eat enough fruits and vegetables. Thirteen percent of Americans eat a cup and a half of fruit, and less than 9 percent eat two to three cups of vegetables daily. Most vegetable consumption is drowned in salt and fat – rendering the food useless for cell wellness.
Our health ranking continues to be at the bottom in indicators of mortality and life expectancy compared to other developed or developing nations. Why is that?
Our diet is killing us.
The foods we eat matter as much as the thoughts we think.
My mindset towards food has slowly evolved. If I put food in my mouth that supercharges healthy cells, I’m a happy camper.
It brings me joy.
I know many people love sugar and fat because it comforts them, but truly, that mindset can change, and I’m proof.
A year ago, I was diagnosed with an ovarian cyst and a uterine fibroid. Wanting to avoid surgery, I researched ways I could naturally cure them, or at least reduce the symptoms they cause until I get through menopause. (Apparently, they go away when hormones re-balance.) I was surprised by what I read.
A “clean,” plant-based diet and specific supplements can reverse both conditions.
I made eating vegetables my business and found making a green smoothie for lunch (in addition to my breakfast smoothie) was an easy way to get in five or more servings in one sitting. It’s made a huge difference in how I feel.
Again, my mindset (and palette) has slowly changed.
I now view food as a healing strategy because it’s working. What I eat affects the way my body feels.
I don’t miss sugar and high-fat foods because I don’t think they supply any comfort. I believe differently, and my tongue follows suit.
It’s not a sacrifice to give up foods that aren’t good for me. I actually crave healthy food now.
But it’s true.
The first step in changing our diet is to change our relationship with food. We can see food as high-grade fuel, where it adds energy to live a vibrant life, or we can see it as a way to just get rid of hunger pangs. In the second scenario, we don’t often think about the quality of fuel we’re adding to our bodies.
I’m convinced that seeing food as the means to keep our cells healthy makes a difference in the choices we make.
BTW: I recently read the book, How Not to Die: Discover the Foods Scientifically Proven to Prevent and Reverse Disease by Michael Greger, MD, and it’s chock full of research on the specifics of how food affects our body, plus the nutritional benefits specific foods supply. He also shares what a plant-based diet should include. I thought it was fantastic.
(If you purchase the book through the above link, I receive a small commission to help keep this site running. I will only share books I’ve personally read and believe are a great resource for you.)
Tell me, what’s your relationship with food? Has it changed at all over the years? I’d love to hear your comments below or on Facebook.
As always, have a great week full of better thoughts!