I Am What I Eat
by Bradley Quick
If you eat junk, expect to feel like junk. If you eat well, expect to feel well. It’s that simple. Not really magic at all. You are what you eat. The definition of diet is “method of eating”. That’s it. You’ve probably explored different methods of eating your whole life. A lot, a little, healthy and not so healthy, no fats, all carbohydrates, no red meat, five meals a day, one meal a day. I know, I’ve tried them all.
Let us not forget the real pleasure and how wonderful it feels to eat our favorite foods or rather, in some cases, to mask our feelings and emotions by devouring our favorite foods. The only time such eating feels bad for me is when I’m done. I can still hear that commercial, “I can’t believe I ate the whole thing,” and see that obscenely obese man in gastric pain again. My suggestion is to stay away from all those preservatives, additives and fast foods, those partially dehydrogenated oils and garbage being thrown at us by corporate America’s food giants. There is a lot of trash out there being offered to us through the media and specialized advertising that we’re expected to gobble up without protest.
The USDA has established its recommended daily allowance (RDA) of vitamins supposedly needed to sustain a healthy body. Some say the only problem is that the recommended amount is only about 2% of what you really need to sustain a healthy body and mind. However, this RDA is the basic standard of the American convenience food diet. Some literature says we need as much as 500 times the vitamins than could possibly be consumed in one day. There is a lot of room for variation between 2% and 500 times what we could eat in one day. For the sake of feeling better physically, mentally, and spiritually what I’m suggesting is that you take a serious look at what you’re eating (or what’s eating you), why you’re eating it, and the benefits of how an adjustment in your diet will bring forth positive change for you.
My suggestion is that, from this point onward, you eat only fresh and whole foods, take vitamin supplements daily, and drink at least 8 to 10 large glasses of water per day. Come on, this won’t kill you. In fact, you will feel so much better as a result. There are even a few fast food chains that offer foods fresh, not frozen, and not full of preservatives. Do your research.
The bottom line is this: the more nutritious food you consume, while drinking a more than adequate amount of water, the better you’ll feel and the longer you’ll last. Then there’s the fact that some of us may be also hypoglycemic, allergic to sugar (everyone is sensitive to sugar to some extent) and/or diabetic. Think about it. After all the ways we’ve abused our bodies, we now deserve to take care of our physical selves. Do yourself a favor and get your body checked out. Schedule a complete physical, with a blood test for cholesterol, and a check of your blood pressure. You’ll be glad you did and you will know where you stand as you start this new way of living.
On a daily basis, I like to consume:
- Vitamin A & D 400 to 600 IU.
- Vitamin B100 100 mg.
- Vitamin C 3000 to 5000 mg (1000 mg3 to 5 times daily).
- Vitamin E 400 to 800 IU.
- Zinc 100 mg.
My typical daily diet consists of the following:
- Fresh fruit in the morning.
- Salad and/or chicken at lunch.
- Dinner that includes no or few carbohydrates or starches.
- Nonfat frozen yogurt snack at night.
This method of eating seems to work for me. If I eat carbohydrates, I wear them. If I eat grease, I wear it. If I don’t eat foods conducive to my body’s needs, without going overboard too often, I suffer the consequences. The right diet, combined with enough sleep and daily exercise is my answer to maintaining, not only a level frame of mind, but also a body that feels and looks good.
Just think how very complex the human body really is. Man cannot duplicate this body of ours. Yet with every opportunity he gets, man tries to put some new additive (food) in it because it tastes good or makes the food last longer. This country spends more per year on diets than any other country in the world, yet it’s population is among the most obese and physically out of shape in the world.
We cannot change the habits of the world or of this country, we can only change our own habits, in our little world and in our bodies. So make up your mind to feel better, to think better, and to be better. Be the best you can be, through proper nutrition, sleep, and exercise. In addition, I find if I eat late at night, after 8 p.m., I don’t sleep very well. As a result of not sleeping well, I end up not having the full and complete day I might have otherwise had. The fact is that downtime, or sleep time, is when your body has an opportunity to rejuvenate, cleanse, and repair itself. It is for that purpose that we sleep, to awaken refreshed and energetic. So when your body must expend 50% of its energy while sleeping to digest that late night meal, you’re not getting the full benefit of that sleep time. This results in a bad night’s sleep that turns into a day that probably would have been better had you gotten some decent rest. Be aware of what you are eating and why you’re eating it.