We’ve all heard the saying “You are what you eat.” But have you ever really thought about that? I’ve found it to be true. When you eat highly processed and fast food, you – well, you don’t feel fast. Generally you feel sluggish, irritable, and hungry again in an inevitably short amount of time. You may also experience headaches, sleep problems, lack of focus and (wait for it) digestive issues, not to mention weight gain. Why is that (remember: garbage in = garbage out)? It’s because highly processed and fast foods contain a limited amount of nutrients, plus have many added fillers such as corn, sugar, and fats to boost (or create the illusion of) flavor and fullness. This is not rocket science, it’s basic nutrition.
Eating fresh food – whether fruits and vegetables or a meal made from scratch (where you can actually see the individual ingredients) – will make you feel lighter and more energized. You’ll have better digestion and be able to think clearer and sleep more restfully. I’m not a nutritionist and I don’t play one on TV. I’m simply saying pay attention people. I used to feel ill and start coughing every morning after I ate my favorite brand of blueberry yogurt. I performed this ritual daily for over a year before I thought to myself, “Hmm… do you think my body doesn’t like yogurt? But it tastes so good!” Turns out I’m lactose intolerant. Whaddya know.
My point is, listen to your body. It will tell you what it needs. Pain and sluggishness are not positive road signs. Restful sleep, clear thinking, and consistent energy throughout the day tell you you’re pointed in the right direction. When you listen to your body, it will tell you what it needs (and doesn’t). When you give it what it needs, you will be duly rewarded with good health. Try it and let me know what you discover.
(Editor’s Note: Yes, I do know the cartoon is slightly disturbing… You are a root vegetable. Now dance!)