Feeding the body vs feeding the disease
I recently got given the idea to write a post about this topic from a reader, thanks!
I think it’s a great topic for discussion, as in one sentence it seems to really get to the point and polarise exactly what healthy eating is all about. Many people approach dieting with the express goal of losing weight, and while I totally agree with this goal as being one of the most important to achieve because of its far reaching benefits, there are many more benefits to healthy eating.
Paleo (and in fact similar lifestyles) helps not only lose weight but also cut down on the amount of stress on the body and as a result allow it to heal and get stronger. Recovering from diseases and health problems is simplified if the food you are eating not only reduces the amount of diet induced stress but also improves your immune system. Conventional, high carbohydrate, high-inflammatory, low-nutrient density diets don’t work well for allowing the body to lose weight or maintain health, never mind recovering from diseases. Many people who are eating poor diets may not realise it, but even if they aren’t overweight they are still working against their body and ultimately pushing it closer towards developing totally preventable diseases.
With all the research being generated that supports a high fat, low carbohydrate diet and its pro-health, anti-disease properties, ask yourself if you are feeding your body or feeding disease.
“Feeding the body” environments might look something like:
- Eating high quality, high nutrient foods such as grass fed animals, home grown/organic vegetables.
- Trying to focus on the most nutrient dense food options as often as possible.
- Making eating “bad” foods a real, understandable threat to health. Education is everything when it comes to nutrition and lifestyle habits, so outlawing foods which don’t help the body get and stay healthy is a sure-fire way of only eating the good stuff.
- Trying to grow as much of your own vegetables as possible. (This is much easier than one might think)
- Keeping your own animals such as chickens in order to control what goes into your food.
- Exercise isn’t viewed as a chore or task but rather as a fun activity that is part of the norm. I think that many people would enjoy exercise much more if they focused on playing instead of exercising. Think of how kids exercise when they are young, they don’t plan on running for X amount of time but instead “just play” and as a result get great exercise.
- Reducing the amount of medication you take to a point where it is no longer required.
“Feeding disease” environments might look something like this:
- Lots of pre-cooked, pre-packaged or microwave meals.
- Lots of preservative packed, low quality, cheap foods which don’t do much for the body other than feed already established taste addictions.
- Healthy foods are looked as not tasting great, difficult to prepare or not desirable.
- Relying on whatever is in the pantry for meal making. While some items can be safely stored in pantries, no fresh food really lasts long in the refrigerator.
- Not exercising and living a sedentary lifestyle, associating pain with exercise.
- Pumping the body full of medication when there is a perfectly natural, longer term and more effective solution; healthy eating and healthy lifestyle choices.
Hopefully you can see the difference between feeding the body and feeding the disease in the above lists. While they are nowhere near comprehensive or set in stone, they certainly highlight some of the more common habits of the two groups. Not surprisingly, they are near completely polar opposite, yet there are so many people who live in the “Feeding disease” environment and believe it is a normal, healthy way to live. Sadly, many people don’t realise the damage they are doing to their bodies and find out later in life just how severe that damage can be. Diabetes, heart issues, alzheimers and many, many more issues can all be properly avoided with the right dietary and lifestyle choices.
It is important to understand that just like anything in life health is a choice. A choice you make for yourself and your family, and a choice you can make starting right now. There is literally not a single reason for you to not lead a healthy lifestyle. All those cravings for high carbohydrate, poor quality foods will pass once you’ve climbed out of the addiction hole created for you by food and beverage companies. Once you’v beaten them back you can start on getting rid of your medications, many prescribed incorrectly and without proper understanding of your conditions.
So what are you going to choose?
Are you going to feed the body, or feed the disease?