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Food is the Cornerstone of Good Health

We have so many attachments to food.

Food doesn't just fill your stomach. It FEEDS you.

Yummy food is one of life’s greatest pleasures, isn’t it? Throw a party at your house and where does everyone end up? In the kitchen.

We love food. It smells good, it tastes good, it can make us feel good. Think about how many good memories you have that are tied to food – and friends – and happy moments.

Food should be about enjoyment just as much as it is about family and culture. But it is also inextricably connected to health and well-being.

What is Food?

You probably think you know what food is. Or at least you recognize it when you see it, right?

Eh, maybe.

Food is what the body needs to maintain itself in a healthy state. You don’t really feed yourself – you feed your body. You don’t need food; your body does. You need happiness and peace; your body needs building blocks to continue giving you the opportunity to enjoy happiness and peace.

Here’s some news: most of what you think of as food really isn’t.

For instance, anything you pick up at a convenience store is absolutely not food. A great percentage of everything in your average grocery store is not food. Same goes with fast food. Even a lot of what you might order at a sit-down restaurant is not really food.

Most of this stuff is marketing. It’s a trade – your money for something that looks and smells like food, but really isn’t.

Why isn’t it? Because it does not feed your body.

People are Sick

How many times have you eaten something and then felt, well, not so good? Maybe the food was too heavy, or too sweet. Maybe it gave you gas. Maybe you spent too long around a toilet later.

We don’t like to think of these things because we like food. But too much of what you eat is simply not food. It’s not helping your body. It’s actually tearing it down.

Three-quarters of American men and two-thirds of American women are overweight or obese. That much we can see. What you can’t see, however, is that they’re also starving.

What they’re eating is so full of toxic substances, chemicals, fillers and bizarre ingredients that the body can’t process it. It’s literally poison. What the body does is build up layer after layer of fat to store this garbage and keep it away from the internal organs, where it could cause significant damage.

The body spends a great deal of energy doing this. Meanwhile, it’s not getting what it needs to maintain itself in a healthy condition. In fact, it’s being challenged just to hang on to life itself.

The overweight or obese body is malnourished and staggering under the burden of too much “not food.”

So Feed It

Your body needs real food. Not just something that looks good, smells good or tastes good. Those senses are so easy to deceive.

It needs nutritional tools to keep you alive and healthy. It needs whole foods, organic foods, natural foods that it can metabolize into base nutrients to repair damage, maintain systems and store energy for immediate use.

This doesn’t mean that all this whole, organic, natural food can’t look good, smell good and taste good. It just means that not everything that fits that description is good for your body.

You want your body to take care of you? You have to take care of your body. Feed it!

Be Very Choosy

This means you need to start cultivating the habit of choosing very carefully what you eat and drink. Bottom line decision: Is it good for the body? That’s it.

Most meat comes from animals raised in appalling and diseased conditions. Most vegetables come from pesticide-sprayed fields. More and more “foods” are being genetically engineered – not because it’s good for you but because someone can charge farmers for seeds each and every year and make a ton of money doing it.

Most beverages are too sweet. (Sugar breeds depression, anger and cancer.) Most breads, pastries and pastas are made from chemical-soaked hybrid wheat-like plants that have been proven to cause a host of disease states, including Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Crohn’s Disease, diabetes, fibromyalgia and many others.

Here’s a rule of thumb: if someone produced this food commercially, it’s probably not good for your body. If you see it advertised, it’s probably best to pass on it. But you don’t have to starve.

Choose organic meat and produce. This only means it was raised without toxic pesticides or genetic modification. Choose products with very few ingredients instead of way too many (especially many you can’t pronounce). Avoid wheat, if you can. Shop off-brands and natural markets.

It’s worth the time for you. Your health and longevity literally depend on it.

Then you can focus on happiness and peace.

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