Most overweight or unhealthy people think they got that way from eating too much food.
I sure used to think that…
I ate out for lunch and dinner almost every day.
Thai food. Mexican food. Veggie burgers. Fries. Indian food.
More Thai food. Pizza. Potatoes. More Thai food. More fries.
You get the picture.
I wound up weighing close to 200 pounds because I was overeating…that’s undeniable.
But guess what I realized?!
The stuff I was eating wasn’t actually even FOOD.
===== >Food is material used in the body of an organism to sustain growth, repair, and vital processes and to furnish energy.
Most of the stuff I was eating did NOT meet the definition of food above.
Take fries for example. (My old super favorite food.)
1. Are the fries going to sustain growth within my body? In other words, are they going to help create healthy cells, bones, organs and all the other important parts of my body? (Decidedly NOT.)
2. Are the fries going to sustain repair in my body? Are they going to help heal any parts of my delicate pink insides? If any of my organs are out of whack, will the french fries make them better? (For sure NO)
3. Are the fries going to sustain vital functions in my body? Are they going to help me breathe better? Are they going to help my blood flow better? Are they going to help me digest food better? (Ummm. Are you kidding? No.)
4. Are the fries going to furnish my body with energy? Will they give me the strength and endurance I require in order to feel good during my day? (It seemed like they did, but they basically just gave me a spike of energy that I’d soon crash from.)
Run the other types of “foods” I was eating all the time through that criteria and they all fall short for qualifying as FOOD.
Bread, pasta, fried things, oily things, packaged things…none of them serving the purpose that actual food is meant to serve.
=========> Most of the stuff we’ve been taught is food…isn’t actually food.
When I realized that most of the stuff I’d been putting in my mouth was not actually food, it really changed my approach to what I ate.
Most of what I was eating was just STUFF. And because it wasn’t actually food, my body didn’t know what to do with it. So it made me fat, made me tired, made me sick, made me feel low on energy, and it made me crabby and irritable.
As I’ve said before though:
==========> People who want to feel good, don’t eat things that make them feel bad.
Now that I’m committed to feeling good and enjoying my life, I pay attention to what I put in my mouth.
Is it food or not? Is it going to…
* sustain growth (Is it going to help to create new cells?)
* sustain repair (Is it going to heal my body from the inside out?)
* sustain vital functions (Is it going to lead to better breathing, blood circulation, digestion, elimination?)
* provide energy (Is it going to give me consistent energy that helps me feel good?)
=============> If it doesn’t meet the definition for food, I don’t put it in my mouth.
Why? Because I love my body! I love feeling good! And I know I deserve to feel good.
I also know that my body is built to have food…not just *stuff* that I like the flavor of.
When I eat actual food, I feel great.
When I eat non-food, I feel tired, bloated, irritable, and sick.
My body doesn’t know what to do with it, so it stores it around my body and clogs things up. Blech.
So if you’re overweight or unhealthy, start asking yourself:
Is what I’m about to put in my mouth actually food? Or is it just some stuff I like the flavor of – and which most likely is going to hurt my body in some way?
Remember: It’s all about sustaining growth, repair, vital functions and providing energy for the body.
That’s what food does.
Choose to eat food.
Choose to eat things that sustain growth, repair, vital functions and furnish energy to your body.
You’ll feel better, your health will improve, and your body will naturally get in alignment with itself.
Natural magic at its finest. xoxo
Are you eating food? Or something else?