It’s no secret that the holiday season is often used as a time for over-indulgence.
Grilled and salted meats, buttery potatoes, pies, candies, sugary beverages…AND BREADS!!!
All of these things have become an almost intrinsic part of celebrating the holidays but over time they do far more damage to our health than the temporary pleasure they give warrants.
Many men struggle with their diets and need a compelling vision to get them to change their ways. So today in my blog I’d like to tell a true story…share an example of what truly wonderful effects healthy eating can have.
I’d like to talk about Barbara Reed Stitt. She was a parole officer in Ohio, who in her 30s suffered major health challenges. Turns out she had a terrible diet. Upon transforming her diet, “magically” her health improved.
The story would stop there but she took it upon herself to take the poor diets of the parolees she worked with and transform them…Guess what else transformed…Their behavior.
Yeah, like night and day. Imagine when you take out the chips and sodas and processed foods and spongy white breads and give good nourishing foods instead.
Not compelling enough? John Tilden, an American physician best known in circles of alternative healthcare, said along with transforming your diet, you can transform your income through clearer thinking and more sound health.
He said, “all you need to do is write down what you’re eating and how much and you’ll get a feel for what’s right and wrong.”
For sure most people’s health would improve by just eating a lot more veggies. The easiest way to do that is to make yourself a salad and load it up with raw veggies like carrots, broccoli, and radishes—then eat this before your meal. The dressing should be a squeezed 1/4 lemon or drizzled vinegar.
As you eat this concoction, imagine your bloodstream being purified and give thanks to the healthy food and its transformative effect on your body. Your body reproduces approximately 3 billion cells daily. Don’t you think it is better to replace healthy cells as opposed to replacing injured cells?
As you indulge and explore, by eating a multitude of different fruits and vegetables (healthful, whole foods) your taste buds and your preferences will change. So slow down and enjoy.
That is, don’t just shovel it down. Eating should be a spiritual activity. Eating healthy IS that important and that’s where you want to get. Not a shoveling down affair, but a peaceful time-out to reflect on your health and welfare.
Makes me want to reread Dan Millman’s The Peaceful Warrior. In that book the main character is admonished by “Socrates” to eat slower. Don’t shovel. Don’t be an animal. (He was also admonished to avoid spilling the seed—another builder.)
Yeah, eating is where a lot of men—including myself—can get themselves into trouble. Hopefully I just saved you some trouble today.
Did you plan your meals today? How often do you eat out? Are you getting enough fruits and vegetables? Important questions to ask, especially if you’re starting to have inflammation or other things happening in your body, like joint pain.
Did You Know…I had a client named Patty, she was kind of a flower child with rings on every finger. I asked her one day if she wouldn’t be more comfortable doing her workout if she removed her rings. She informed me that she had not taken her rings off in several years. Guess what…after 30 days of eating healthy she could remove all her rings! She confided to me that that was the most incredible health result she had ever experienced…guess what…she was in for many more awesome results.
Here in the US we’ll be having Thanksgiving tomorrow. It’s goanna be a bit different with Covid-19 this year. As a necessity this year we are being encouraged to limit our socialization. Thanksgiving is to be spent with family. Now that covid is an eminent danger to the old and the sickly, we are encouraged to socially distance. As a precursor to our family getting together for Thanksgiving, we all were tested for Covid…guess what…no family get together this year. At first I thought getting tested to be a farce, an un-necessary step. Well I was wrong…some of us were infected, and we could of easily put others in danger. No one wants to the means of a loved one’s suffering. So be extremely careful during these especially trying times.
Even if you don’t celebrate Thanksgiving, the attitude is important. Be gratitude. Have grateful for family, food, provisions, and so on. Carry that attitude into your eating and you’ll begin to transform yourself from the inside out.
So to recap…there are three fairly easy things you can do.
- Be conscious of what and how much you eat, make better choices,
- Eat a mix if raw vegetables daily (salad) and don’t kill its healthful benefits with dressings,
- Slow down your eating, learn to enjoy the experience. As you turn to a healthier diet your taste buds will change for the better…be mindful and enjoy.
P.S. The tangles of your habits can be difficult to unwind, but the more you focus on the positive outcomes and what you want and your reasons…the easier it becomes.