How do you see food?
Is it just something to make hunger go away?
Is it just used to satisfy cravings?
Take a moment to write down or journal:
-what food is to you
-how you see and use food in your life
-what past experiences and situations in your past have shaped the way you see and use food.
Start to let it go
Now that we have that down.
I’d like you to take all of the negative feelings you may have about food and let it all go.
It helps me to visualize breathing out the negative, then… breathing in the positive (or positive change, or new habits/beginnings).
Since you have cleared some space for positive change… let’s get to it!
Time for something different
The food we eat gives our bodies the “information” and materials they need to function properly. If we don’t get the right information, our metabolic processes suffer and our health declines.
If we get too much food, or food that gives our bodies the wrong instructions, we can become overweight, undernourished, and at risk for the development of diseases and conditions, such as arthritis, diabetes, and heart disease.
The nutrients in food enable the cells in our bodies to perform their necessary functions. This quote from a popular textbook describes how the nutrients are essential for our physical functioning.
“Nutrients are the nourishing substances in food that are essential for the growth, development and maintenance of body functions. Essential meaning that if a nutrient is not present, aspects of function and therefore human health decline. When nutrient intake does not regularly meet the nutrient needs dictated by the cell activity, the metabolic processes slow down or even stop.” -Perspectives in Nutrition, Wardlow and Insel
In other words
Nutrients give our bodies instructions about how to function. In this sense, it can be seen as a source of “information” for the body.
Thinking about food in this way gives us a view of nutrition that goes beyond calories or grams, good foods or bad foods. This view leads us to focus on foods we should include rather than foods to exclude.
Instead of viewing it as the enemy, we look to food as a way to create health and reduce disease by helping the body maintain function.
Essentially, it’s information or instructions for the body. It is also used as the building blocks for new cells and tissues.
It’s past time we start seeing food for what it really is….
Life or death
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