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Friday, February 21, 2014

Looking Into the Abyss

“Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you what you are.”
~ Anthelme Brillat Savarin

I'm going to get on my hobby horse this week. My excuse is that if you wanna look good, ya gotta be healthy. And too many people I really like aren't healthy.

Lets play a game. Lets imagine something; lets imagine what it feels like to wake up in the morning feeling fantastic. Having had a great night of deep, restful sleep, you wake up free of pain, not depressed or anxious, no need for drugs to manage pain or mood imbalances, ready to face the day with all the energy and strength you'll need. Feeling physically great, and happy. 

Unfortunately, this isn't reality for far too many of my friends- for too many people, period. They wake up tired, sick and in pain, maybe unhappy and/or anxious as well.  Next many of them start to medicate- maybe just in order to get through the day. And how does that day go? It may be that the day has to be planned around various health issues; pain, fatigue, mood issues, etc. Some days- it's just not gonna happen. It's a 'down' day- a total loss. 

Is that really living? I think it's just a sort of a murky half-life. More to the point, is that how you want to live your life?

It used to be that 'making healthy choices' was an option; that eating unhealthy food was at the least irresponsible, and at worst a pathway to eventual ill-health via preventable, degenerative disease. But usually this didn't happen until later in life. That if you made healthy choices in food and lifestyle, you'd have a better chance to avoid ill health and weight gain, and you'd look a bit better too.

I don't think any of that is really the case anymore.

I personally know way too many people who are way too young being literally debilitated by 'degenerative' disease that often seems to stump the medical field. I don't mean people being somewhat affected, but as in my above scenario, having to plan their life around their ill health. Over the past few decades we've seen an alarming rise in autism and autism spectrum disorders, allergies, auto-immune disease and inflammatory disease. Why? What's different? 

There's a lot of buzz about gluten intolerance, celiacs disease, GMO's, and even what happens when the two are put together in the human body. A lot of scary buzz. I keep seeing articles in magazines- even in fashion magazines- about new 'superbugs' that antibiotics are totally defenseless against. In short, it sounds to me like our immune systems are under assault, and the short story is that we're losing.

Read about the history of 'super gluten'-

And watch this about 'leaky gut'-

Read these about 'leaky gut'-

Read about what the combination of Roundup and gluten do to our bodies-

Watch THE movie all about GMO's- (warning- very scary)

Watch this about exactly what GMO's and Roundup are doing to the human body-

I'd like to think that all of this will jar my not-so-well friends out of any lazy complacency, and impress upon them the importance of taking responsibility for what they put in their mouths. I think what stops a lot of people from making the change to a 'real' food diet is fear of deprivation.  Yes, admittedly it's a big change for most. And yes, real food means…food preparation. Cooking. And cleanup. BUT. It's also really, really good. Actually, it's better than pre-packaged, junk/fast food.

Again revisit the first paragraph. Imagine waking up, feeling great…and the thing is, if you're eating real food, chances are you'll have that energy for the food prep, cooking and cleanup. And enough energy for everything else in life, too. And you'll probably be happier, too. The hardest part is beginning. It's making the commitment and doing the work before seeing any results. 

Still not convinced? Well, if you're one of the ones in poor health, let's play another game. If you're in your 30's,40's or 50's and already having 'down' days, what do you think it's going to be like in 10 or 20 yrs? How about 30? Drugs are generally designed to mask symptoms, not fix the root problems. So, if you don't make any changes, most likely nothing will get better. And drugs are very hard on your liver and kidneys…talk about premature aging-!

So, you really have very little to lose by making the change over to a 'real food' diet. And potentially everything to gain. 

Just ask the birds, bees and butterflies. They're dying to tell us that we really don't have a choice anymore. Literally.

Happy Dressing!