food

[food]

noun

1. any nourishing substance that is eaten, drunk, or otherwise taken into the body to sustain life, provide energy, promote growth, etc.

2. more or less solid nourishment, as distinguished from liquids.

3. a particular kind of solid nourishment:
a breakfast food; dog food.

4. whatever supplies nourishment to organisms:
plant food.

5. anything serving for consumption or use:
food for thought.

Source: Dictionary.com

 

Food.

When did our food become a source of ultimate pleasure, art form, comfort, entertainment, addiction, outrage, controversy, control, wealth, manipulation, conditioning, disease, divide, competition and so forth?

When did food stop being about fuel?

Or akin to the first definition above, when did food stop being about sustaining life, providing energy, promoting growth (as apposed to obesity), etc.

What has happened to our food?

Can some of what we are eating now, even be called food?

If you put a whole lot of man made ingredients together, genetically modify others, can that still be classified as food?

Frankenfoods?

What happened to food being about sustaining life, providing energy, promoting growth, etc?

Can you honestly call what you eat food?

Is what you’re eating sustaining you, providing energy, promoting growth?

Or is it (slowly) killing you?

The food I was eating, was slowly killing me and it wasn’t all Frankenfoods that were doing it to me either. I’d compromised my body tremendously.

Foods that are classified as healthy, they were harmful to me and my body.

Foods such as avocados, bananas, broccoli, berries, dairy, wheat, gluten, oats, olives, almonds, cashews, coconuts, salmon, lamb, soy, tuna, honey, oranges and lemons, lettuce, rice, potatoes, yeast, fructose…, the list goes on and on and on, were indeed slowly killing me. Let alone the non food foods I was consuming.

Because food comes from a natural environment and hasn’t been manipulated by man, does not mean it is suitable for the masses.

I’ve already spoken a bit about food in my post on health, however food is such a big topic I decided it required a stand alone.

Food is very individual. Just like you and me. We are unique beings whom function optimally with different kinds of food. Sure, lots of the foods we eat may overlap. I imagine there are no two people on the planet with the exact same matches. I also imagine it would be impossible to test, as there are way too many foods to even fathom testing.

That being said, again, can we call all of them food?

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, there is no one size fits all when it comes to the foods we eat for our optimum health. You have to discover what foods work best for you and your body.

Do you already know what foods don’t work for you?
Do you continue to eat them regardless?
Why do you think that is?

If you haven’t ever thought about it, stop and think about it now.

Habit?
Convenience?
Taste?
Addiction?
Conditioning?
Manipulation?
Comfort?
Stuffing down emotions?
Conforming?
Pleasure?
Protection?
Self loathing?

Other?

Is it working for you?

Let’s look at it like this. You own a car, a you beaut, top of the range, prestigious, luxury car. A Lamborghini or Ferrari. The label says Premium Petrol only, when filling the tank. Would you use Diesel. That at least is comparing one fuel with another, although not ideal! Would you use something completely foreign to the vehicle, such as a sugar syrup? Or a “natural” colouring or flavouring? How about a concoction of twenty or more ingredients, that was once made with only five, that stymies it’s performance the more often you fill up with it?

No you wouldn’t.

So why would you put anything less than optimum in your prestigious, top of the range, you beaut, luxurious – body?

It’s blatantly obvious, on the whole, we are getting fatter and fatter, sicker and sicker, weaker and weaker.

We’ve trusted others to do what’s best for us by providing us with information, guidelines, hints, tips, campaigns, legislations and so forth.

Clearly, it’s not working.

When will we take back our power and trust ourselves?

When will we put our wellbeing first?

I’m not that naïve to convict and hang food as the sole perpetrator of this fact. There are without doubt other baddies robbing us of our health and wellbeing also.

Food, it’s a bit of a boss, a crime lord if you like.

I get that I’m an over sensitive being. In reality, throughout the years I have absolutely used and abused my body. Willingly shovelled fake foods and foods that didn’t serve me into my mouth, again and again. Compromised the functionality of my complete being, physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.

No more.

No more will I torment, traumatise, use, nor abuse my body willingly any longer.

I will treat it with the utmost respect, love, kindness, etc, it so rightly deserves.

Food, fuel, is one way I am doing this.
I can take back my power and control what goes into my body.
I have taken back my power and I do control what goes into my body.

Do you?

Will you?

Why would you want to?
No really, why?

Optimum health?
Energy?
Sustaining life?
Growth?
Pleasure?
Love?
Love of self?
Love of others?
Love of life?
Thriving?

Other?

Question everything you know about food, everything and trust your gut (pun intended).

Look at the foods you eat.
Listen to your body.
Adjust accordingly.
Reap the benefits.
Your body will love you.
You will love your body.
For you and your body – come on – you know you’re worth it.

Food for thought.

Please note, this blog post isn’t about making you wrong, nor making me right either. It’s about having the courage to have a thorough, real, in-depth, look at ourselves and explore, identify, question, if what we are eating is working for us. If it is, fabulous. If not, why not? Are you ready for change?

If you do only consume foods you know work optimally for you and your body, I applaud you and thank you. Congratulations. You’ve got the power.

Food.

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