What did you eat for breakfast today? Was it healthy? Was it sugar-free? Did it come out of a bag or a box? Was it processed? Was it raw? Was it cook? Was it fresh?
We don’t often think about the consequences of what we are putting into our body. But we most certainly should. Most of our food today is processed, chocked full of sugar and most likely contains GMO’s. But what does this mean for the layman? Well, to be both dramatic and blunt… You are fueling your body with toxins and poisons.
Think of your body as a plant. Would you feed your plant cookies and chips? Do you think it’ll grow and flourish? Or do you think it’ll get sick and die? Like a plant, your body needs water and the right set of nutrients and only then will it flourish.
“If diet is wrong, medicine is of no use. If diet is correct, medicine is of no need.” – Ancient Ayurvedic Proverb
Now there are many different lifestyles out there to choose from, however, I am partial to plant based eating. You can go Paleo, Vegan, Gluten-Free, Ketogenic, Vegetarian or Raw. I like to believe that your body will naturally decipher for itself (through trial and error) which lifestyle is the best fit for you and your health.
I personally say I live a Healthy Eclectic Diet Lifestyle – or HED Lifestyle for short – I pick and choose all little from all lifestyles keeping in mind the health benefits of each. I’ll eat raw or vegan for breakfast, I’ll eat something Ketogenic for lunch and maybe have a little Paleo something for dinner. However, no matter what lifestyle my next meal is – I always ensure 4 things stay true… LOTS of water, no sugar, no processed foods and MINIMAL dairy. I don’t exclude dairy altogether because I love making healthy salad dressings from Greek yogurt. I also enjoy eggs. But that is pretty much the extent of my dairy intake.
I limit my meats as well. I LOVE bacon and that will never change. I’ll eat it once every few months, but that pretty much sums up my meat intake.
Most of my intake is veggies, fruits, legumes and a few grains. In our home we ALWAYS eat Quinoa. We try to incorporate as many beans as possible. Steel-Cut oatmeal with fresh fruits is always a breakfast winner. We eat a little bit of nuts and seeds and we limit our fruit intake as well. But veggies…. You can NEVER have too many veggies. Leafy greens are your friend.
Why do I do this? Well, going back to the plant analogy – if I want to heal my body and be healthy and strong, then I need to drink a lot of water and ensure my diet is full of the nutrients my body requires in order to be the best version of myself. Just like a plant.
One of the best things you can do for your body (aside from drink LOTS of water) is to eliminate all sugar. If you have a sweet tooth or still want some sweet tasting oatmeal or yummy treats. Switch to RAW, unpasteurized honey. Not the store bought stuff in the grocery store. That stuff is in fact not even real honey. It’s a concoction of different types of processed sugars designed to look and taste like honey. So be mindful when buying honey – you only want raw, unpasteurized honey. Nothing else.
So with all this being said – if you want to be happy, healthy and strong – the first place you need to start is your diet. There are people out there who have cured themselves of disease just buy eating the right foods. People who have cured their cancer, diabetes, heart disease, high cholesterol, obescity. It DOES happen! And it can happen to you as well if you are more mindful about your food choices.
You can do this! I don’t know you, but I have faith in you. Be the change you want to see in YOUR world.
Until next time!