“What App?” I questioned.
“It’s a fitness one. That way we can do it together.”
“Do what together?”
“Get fit. It’ll keep me accountable to eat better.”
“You don’t need to lose weight,” I countered.
“I’m not trying to. I actually need to gain weight,” he explained. “This will just help keep me focused.”
“Okay. Sure!” I said. “I don’t need to lose weight either and it’ll be interesting to see how I really eat.”
For the next few weeks, I was surprised by how much I really ate! I’ve often said I don’t deserve to be small, but am so grateful I am! But I’ve discovered it’s not about how much I eat; it’s more about what I eat! I find if I eat a lot of processed food or sugar, I can count on my joints not being happy! If on the other hand, I eat plenty of fresh fruits and veggies, I do much better. I’ve also found snacks after 8:00 in the evening are a definite mistake!
Some time ago I chose to withdraw from all the supplements I was taking. I read an article that suggested (quite strongly) the supplements are synthetic and really offer no added nutrition. Instead the article said to use “real” food to gain the necessary vitamins and minerals I would have gleaned, from the pill in the bottle!
I discovered I actually felt better without all the added “stuff” I was adding to my body, which wasn’t real anyway. That said, I must make a disclaimer and NOT advise anyone to stop taking any medication or supplements if they are under doctor’s care or are doing better with them. This is just my personal opinion and what worked for me.
The approach of many people, due to availability, will immediately reach for the medicine cabinet as soon as they face any slight discomfort or sneeze! I am of the mindset that most of what ails us can be treated through proper diet, rather than all kinds of medication. A scientific mind eludes me! So trying to figure out how that tiny pill can know what to “fix” when taken, really stumps me. But, knowing that little pill I am swallowing can fix one thing, but wreck something else, bothers me!
What really troubles me is our bodies scream for attention and often, instead of giving it what it needs naturally, we reach for something synthetic, a pill, more sugar, processed foods and fast foods. I read once if something can survive on our pantry shelf for more than a year, shouldn’t that be some clue there might be a problem? It takes chemicals and other additives to create “something” which does not rot over time. Doesn’t that make you wonder what it does to our insides when we eat it? If it can kill any parasite, which would take it over if left untreated, might those same chemicals cause harm to our body?
The point is, there are a lot of questions and as many opinions. I challenge you this week to consider what you eat and the nutritional value of it. You really are what you eat! Could a change in diet make you feel better? Do some research and talk with your doctor about options. Ultimately, you are responsible for your own health.