The purpose of food is and will always remain the same...to give the body fuel to perform it's daily functions in the form of three macro-nutirents which are carbohydrates, proteins and fats. Each nutrient provides ESSENTIAL calories that our cells, muscles and bones need daily to not only survive but to THRIVE!
Unfortunately, with the diet and weight loss industry some of these basic nutrients have been portrayed in a negative light and thus made us believe that we need to stay away from certain food groups.
Nothing could be farther from the truth!
I'm going to make this VERY simple! We NEED proteins! We NEED carbohydrates! We NEED fats! We need them because they are the very basics of what our bodies are made up of. Without them our bodies have no choice but to fail us. They will fail us in the form of sickness and disease, feeling sluggish and tired, immobility and the reliance on drugs from pharmaceutical companies (I'd love to get started on this subject alone...but that will be for another blog!). I often hear people questioning disease, sickness and ailments as if it's some curse thrust upon them by some outside being who is trying to punish them or teach them a lesson when in reality that being, whom I call God, created food for us to enjoy! Food is there to nourish our bodies, give us energy to perform daily tasks and see us through until our bodies, out of old age, cease to function.
Think about your car. The better you take care of it the longer it's going to last. If you don't take care of it you can get by but you're going to run into costly problems along the way with lots of time wasted taking care of those problems. You can take great care of your car, perform scheduled maintenance but eventually without a total rebuild it's gotta go but how well you take care of it will determine how long that car lasts.
The same is true with us...we need to be maintained DAILY!
When eating, the most important thing is to simply....keep it SIMPLE! Eat fresh fruits and veggies (preferably organic), nuts, legumes, lean meats and fish, whole grains (whole grain means that the WHOLE grain was used...novel idea isn't it! Another blog for another time!) and healthy fats such as olive oil, sunflower oil, flax seed oil and even coconut oil. If you want butter, use butter...it's REAL! Margarine and blends of butter have other ingredients that are either harmful or that your body doesn't need. Just remember with fats/oils MODERATION is key! Use spices to add flavor and limit processed boxed food that have long lists of ingredients.
Also, drink water water water. I'll never forget hearing that water is what our bodies use to wash us internally. You wouldn't wash your clothes in tea, pop, coffee or beer so when it comes to hydration and cleansing...water is the only way to go!
While we gain pleasure from eating it's not our taste buds that we should continually try to satisfy. Rather it is the all of the things that we can't see going on behind the scenes that needs satisfying. Your cells, neurotransmitters, synovial fluid, GI tract, brain, heart, lungs, skin and everything in between will thank you for eating the way we were intended to eat....Naturally clean, lean and green!