I've developed a habit. Probably a bad habit.
Well, maybe it's more annoying than bad. I keep asking this question:
_When I hear someone say, "I'm tired," I ask, What did you eat for breakfast? or "I don't feel good," I ask, What did you eat for lunch? And the big one--the one that frustrates me the most, "I have a headache." I ask, Are you keeping a food journal?
_Unfortunately, this isn't something we're taught in school--and I had to learn the long, hard way. Most people don't learn--and sadly, most people don't want to learn.
When I was in school, we learned about food groups and food pyramids. Nobody taught me what a calorie was. We watched the news and learned that fat was bad. So we ate foods that were full of sugar but had zero fat. (Um, thanks a lot, Richard Simmons Caramel Popcorn.)
Now, don't get me wrong, I'm still learning, but food has changed for me. I love food. I love to cook, and I really love to eat. But what and how and when have changed. Yeah, I'd pretty much love to eat chocolate all day, every day. Cheap Easter chocolate or expensive Belgian chocolates--I love them both--but they're no longer welcome in my diet.
Many common conditions, illness and disease could be cured or maintained by food and/or the omission of certain foods. Diabetes can be controlled and completely avoided by a proper diet.
I began my low-carb lifestyle to curb migraines. It worked.
I'm now on a mission to to ease my arthritis and back pain--which means eliminating any foods that can cause inflammation. I love a hot cup of coffee in the morning and an ice cold Diet Pepsi in the afternoon, but now I know that, not only can caffeine cause inflammation, but so can decaffeinated coffee, and of course, good ol' aspartame. I was a hold out for a long time with my Diet Pepsi, but if giving up a silly drink can keep me on my feet that much longer each day--I'm happy to give it up.
I'm a work in progress. It's taken me three years to get where I am, and it will probably take me three more years to get to my goal. But I'm no quitter.
When I hear someone say, "I can't," I really don't feel much empathy for them. "I can't," usually just means, "I don't want to."
Yeah. Changing your life is hard. But do you really want your life and health to not only stay static but get progressively worse?
If I can do this, seriously, anyone can.
It's simple really. Don't put food in your mouth unless you have a darn good reason. Learn all you can about the food you consume, and why you should consume it.
(And if you are going to be the cause of your own afflictions, don't whine about it.)
Life is Good
Live Like You Mean It!
(and don't eat sugar, it's evil)
This little side blog of mine used to be mostly about food and health, and now it's mostly about Jesus.
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