Thursday, July 7, 2011

How I View Food-Visualization!

When thinking about food it has become second nature for me to visualize what my body will do with the specific food I'm ingesting. As a society we've become SO accustomed to how the food makes us feel and how good it tastes that we use the feeling and the taste to justify eating more when more is not what our bodies need (for more on that check out previous blogs Why Do I Eat This Food and The Purpose of Food)! We also think that because that food makes us FEEL good or that it TASTES good then it must be nutritionally good for us! Furthermore, just because it's sitting on a shelf in a grocery store where we buy food does not make it healthy or useful nutritionally. It may be "safe for human consumption" but it is by no means GOOD for you!
Come with me and try visualization as you make your next food choices....

When eating whole, natural fruits, veggies, meats and calcium rich foods I imagine all the cells in my body jumping for joy as it comes in. It's like a party in my body as every recruiter and soldier cell is employed to put to good use what I've consumed. I envision antioxidants flowing and sucking up free radicals and dispensing them as garbage to get rid of! All of those wonderful vitamins and minerals are repairing and bolstering cells, tissues and fibers all over my body! The food I'm eating is being put to GOOD use as it fights off invaders that want to make me sick...they're fighting the enemies that wish to do me harm like the common cold, cancers and other pathogens. It protects me from diabetes, high blood pressure and keeps my arteries clean to protect from heart disease. Good whole food keeps your skin and eyes clear and helps you sleep better at night (sleep is SO important as this is the time your body also uses to refresh and REPAIR)!
Isn't all of that a great thought?! I love it and it works!
Check out this chart...see the list of benefits for certain foods? Use that as a visualization foundation as you eat today!

When there is "food" that has little nutritional value (DEAD food) I think about my body literally "LOOKING" at it and spitting at "Pfffft....Great! What are we suppose to do with this crap?" Then I envision a foreman type cell calling in recruits and barking out orders to just "Get rid of this....Store it!" Then the workers are grumbling and moaning as they trudge away this "food" and store it in all the wrong places! Then I visualize all the bad bacteria and cells having a hay day as they use that nasty "food" to fuel their planned assault on my body! Cancer uses sugar to thrive, type two diabetes is a result of a nutritionally poor, refined and processed sugar diet! In one way or another your body will use the food you are giving it...the question is HOW is it getting used?!
Do you get where I'm going with this?!

If I do decide to eat food that has little to no nutritional value I'm doing it consciously (think a small slice of birthday cake, crackers, a doughnut, cookies or chips) and I consume them in small amounts. I follow up that "food" with whole, healthy choices so my body has something to work with!

Be AWARE of what you are consuming! Don't just shove food in your mouth because you are hungry, sad, mad, depressed, happy, angry, stressed or simply bored...Be MINDFUL and think about how every bite you take either has a negative impact or POSITIVE impact on your overall health! Food Matters!!!

Make a change TODAY! Go back and read some of my recipes...scour the internet for your own! Purchase WHOLE, NATURAL, MINIMALLY PROCESSED, REAL food! 
Your body will thank you as it does what it was meant to DO...keep you strong and healthy just as you were meant to BE!

Steak w/ Marinated Veggie Salad

Marinated Veggies:
1 each Red & Yellow Pepper
1 cup Roma or Cherry Tomatoes
1 jar Artichoke Hearts
1 Small Vidalia Onion or 1/4-1/2 sliced Red Onion
1-2 Fresh Pressed Garlic Cloves or sprinkle Garlic Powder (to taste, start off w/ a can always add more but you can't take away).
Basil if you'd like
1 Tbs EVOO
4 Tbs red wine vinegar (I actually used Pineapple infused Balsamic Vinegar from the Olive Gallery)

Mix all ingredients together. Refrigerate for at least a few hours to let those flavors meld together. Then serve over a bed of lettuce. I topped my salad with some leftover steak we had. Add whatever protein suits you and ENJOY!!!