Friday, April 5, 2013

" Eat it ... "

Don't want to argue, I don't want to debate
Don't want to hear about what kind of food you hate
You won't get no dessert 'till you clean off your plate
So eat it ...

Eat it, eat it, eat it, eat it
If it's gettin' cold, reheat it
Have a big dinner, have a light snack
If you don't like it, you can't send it back
Just eat it, eat it, eat it, eat it ...

Don't you make me repeat it (oh no)
Have a banana, have a whole bunch
It doesn't matter what you had for lunch
Just eat it, eat it, eat it, eat it ...

~ Weird Al Yankovic ~ Eat It ~

I haven’t written recently about food and nutrition but yet another conversation got me thinking that there are quite a few misconceptions out there.  First of all, YES I eat food, and YES I have been eating food since starting the Gerson Therapy ... it is not just juicing, it is REAL food.  I'll leave it at that as those that what to know about this "nutritional therapy" there are many links on my blog site.

So, from that note, we have all heard the saying “you are what you eat” but have you really considered what that really means?  My understanding is we are actually what we consume, digest, absorb and transfer to our cells.  How our cells function determines life.  

For optimal health, body composition and performance, our cells must function properly.  And I believe the key is nutrition because nutritional deficiencies or excess disrupt the balance of this function and therefore decrease our health.

The food that we eat is digested and absorbed into the bloodstream where nutrients are delivered to our cells and form tissues, organs and organ systems ... from eating ~ digestion ~ cell function ... this is metabolism.

And how quickly we eat is a factor as well.  Remember when we were growing up and our Mom’s said “chew your food”.   Well guess what, she was right! because the more we chew our food, the less work we leave for the rest of our digestive organs ... stomach, pancreas, liver, gallbladder and intestines.

Since saliva produces the enzyme amlase, which begins to digest carbohydrates, digestion actually starts in our mouth.  So food must be mixed and chewed well to release its full potential of nutritional value.  

The truth is that you can be eating the most nutritious foods but if you are not absorbing the nutrients, they are of very little value.  The key is to be as relaxed as possible when we’re eating because a relaxed mind equals a relaxed digestive system.  

Try to become a “conscience eater” by focusing on the real food on your plate, what it tastes like, by chewing each and every bite.  And what is REAL food to me?

  • comes from the ground
  • rarely advertised on TV (fast food versus carrots)
  • ingredients can be pronounced
  • no dyes, artificial additives, herbicides, pesticides or GMO
  • wholesome and nourishing
  • simple, pure and unchanged by man

So when you decide on your next meal, give a thought to what you are willing to put into your body and if it will do you good or harm ... because as Jim Roth said ... 
“take care of your body, it’s the only place you have to live”.

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