Normally I’m not a fan of drastic blog post titles, but in this case, I’m going to make an exception. In the last decade of losing weight, exercising and retraining my brain to want what it really needs, I learned the biggest factor to being healthy is looking at what you put into your body.
What you eat is what you are. So if you’re overweight, tired, lethargic, or suffering from medical conditions that you’re on medications for, the number one thing you can do is take a look at your diet. Ask yourself this:
“Is the food you’re eating killing you?”
Today, there are a myriad of books, documentaries, magazines and blog posts outlining what you should eat, how you should eat, and why the latest fad diet is the best for your body. These broader topics are then broken down into articles that cater to any audience it can possibly market to in order to generate buzz, followings, and revenue –– a.k.a. A LIFESTYLE.
Pro Meat, Anti-Meat, Paleo, Gluten-Free, Organic, Sugar-Free and it goes on and on from there. With the thousands of resources of available to you, it’s easy to get lost in it all. People will, knowingly or unknowingly, break the bank trying to lose weight, feel better and achieve an easy outcome in order to cure what ails them. We follow what everyone is doing, the influencers promote, and what the “experts” are saying. Getting healthy starts with a pretty easy step:
Stop eating food that’s killing you.
Our culture continually teaches us to buy into “fixes” that in the long run, leave us spending copious amounts of time and energy trying to achieve an easy solution to fix our problems. Eating fast food, commercially processed meat, and chemically treated crops make you sick. Eating items that you find in grocery store aisles that have more than five or six ingredients, have ingredients you can’t pronounce nor do you know what they are, are filled with sugar and lack nutrient density? Those things help kill you. It’s not even real food.
So when you’re looking for “food”, wherever you shop, make sure that:
- You can read all the ingredients.
- You know what those ingredients are.
- Make sure you’re buying food that’s alive (it comes from the produce section).
- Make sure the meat you’re buying has no hormones, antibiotics and humane accreditations.
- Make sure it’s not chemically treated (no spray & no pesticides is pretty close to organic).
As someone that used to weigh over 200+ pounds (I think was 218 at my heaviest) and lost over 100 pounds over a three-year period (2007-2010), and kept it off since (hello 2018), I learned a lot about food, nutrition, and exercise. When you decide to take your health into your own hands, changing your eating habits is extremely hard. You fail over and over again –– I did, it took me three years to learn. It’s important to focus on progress rather than perfection during the process. You’ll not get it right the first time.
In the next few months, I’m going to break down what to eat, how to eat and why, in a way that allows you to make all your meals at home and stick to a budget while eating nutrient dense, REAL food. I’ll get into quoting stats and sources then, but for now, we’re going to keep it top level. I hope the simple question of, “Is the food you eat killing you?” is eye-opening and starts you on a journey of self-acceptance.