"For each of us there is some mission in life if we but find it. All have some definite thing to do, something for which they have been created; and only the doing of this thing will justify their existence here on earth. If we come into the world and occupy space and time without giving back for this privilege, we have not justified ourselves, and our lives in the end are barren." ~ Hay

Friday, June 17, 2011

Eating is an Art. Not a Science: Powerful Thoughts. Read at your own Risk….

As I sit to write this blog piece, I feel a burning light in my heart.  What I am about to share with you is coming from deep within my soul.  Please allow me some musings on the topic of eating and how it relates to health.  Benjamin Franklin writes that only one percent of humanity is capable of independent thought.  I place myself within that 1 percent.  This is why I’m frequently told that I’m crazy or nuts.  However, being placed in that category gives me certain privileges and allows me to not only teach but express my views as competently and delicately as I can.  I try and accomplish this in a light-hearted and creative way.  However, sometimes I need to be blunt.  Sometimes, I need to just come out and say exactly how I see things, especially while my right to Freedom of Speech is still protected by the First Amendment.  
We need to change the way we look at food.  Eating is an art!  Food is meant to nourish, grow, regenerate, mold, sculpt and create the body.  Food it not meant to be dissected, analyzed and put under a microscope.  The food provided by nature needs no microscope.  We must realize that we eat to fuel our body.  We eat to replenish our body.  We eat to nourish our body.  We eat to keep our body working well.  We eat for health!!  This is the prime reason we eat.  We do not eat because something tastes good.  We do not eat because everybody else is eating the same thing.  We do not eat because it’s cheap.  We do not eat because it is quick and we don’t have the time.  We do not eat because the latest scientific study claims that it is good for us.  We eat for health only!  Nature has provided us what we need to eat and maintain health.  We only need to listen to nature.
I am flabbergasted when I go to a conventional grocery store and see what people have in their carts.  I am additionally saddened to see small children sucking on candies full of food dyes and additives.  I feel like tapping the parent on the shoulder and saying, “Excuse me.  Have you read any of these labels?”  So course, I bite my tongue and suffer in silence.  It’s very hard to watch people continuously poison themselves and their children.  I’m reading the book, “A New Health Era” by William Howard Hay, MD.  This paragraph particularly struck me:
“If we know someone is to be killed and do not warn him, we are guilty of his murder; accessories before the fact; and when we know that our friends, acquaintances, neighbors are so living as to cause early decline and ultimately early death, and yet we do nothing to avert these two calamities, we are again accessories before a slow murder that is none the less sure than the revolver or the knife.”

This paragraph completely changed my outlook.  No more biting my tongue for me.  I don’t want to have your blood on my hands.  I am releasing a new animal.  Watch out!  If you know what’s going on with our food supply, it is your obligation to speak up as well.  Collectively, we can make a huge difference.  Here are some additional thoughts….
One of the excuses I frequently hear from people is, “I don’t eat/drink this that often.  I eat in moderation.”  So what you’re saying is if you only drink diet soda say twice a month, it is okay.  So I say, “instead of not poisoning yourself at all, you are poisoning yourself twice a month!”  How much more evidence can you read before you acknowledge that artificial sweeteners are poison?  Actually, we don’t need to examine it under a microscope or wait for the latest double blind study.  Did it come from nature?  Nope!  Common sense tells us, it’s a poison! We do not eat poison!  And, like this or not, if you are knowingly poisoning yourself, whether over a short or long period of time, you are committing suicide.  Yep…..you read that right.  Once you know something is bad for you and are still eating or drinking it, even in moderation, you are committing a slow suicide.  These are strong words.  I told you to read at your own risk.  The primary purpose of food is to nourish the body.  We must make better choices if we want to live a long, healthy life.  We must not use the “moderation” excuse as justification for doing something that we know is bad for us.  We live in an extremely poisoned world.  We must learn how to live healthily in it!
Every time you eat or drink something, even in moderation, I want you to say to yourself, “Will this nourish my body or will this poison my body.”  I want you to remember that eating is an art.  Ask yourself, will this food contribute to my overall health and longevity or will this food contribute to my decline.  The choice is up to you………..

Hay, William Howard, M.D., “A New Health Era,” Stelz Company: New York, 1933

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Judy said...

That IS a powerful statement that I agree with 100%. I just am so tired of being the enemy to everyone elses food. People are TIRED of hearing what I have to say that if I want to have a calm meal with family, I need to just shut my mouth. I'm between a rock and a hard place. :(

liz59 said...

I wish I knew what I know now with regard to the "fun kid foods", such as Happy Meals and fruit roll ups. It totally grosses Tom and I out that we fed our kids that cr@p. Ugh

Jeanne said...

You just keep being who you are and saying what you feel you need to say. Some people will applaud you for it, and some will be angered because they don't want to feel like they did anything wrong. No one intentionally wants to hurt their child with bad food choices, or be made out to be the fool who did. More people need to know what is going on with our food and I thank you every day!