Does food really fall into the categories of “Medicine” or “Toxins?”
I had a client tell me the other day that they went to a healthy eating presentation that said food is either a medicine or a toxin.
I care to disagree.
Food is not medicine in the way we think of medicine.
Eating well doesn’t “cure” anything, at least not in the traditional way we think of medicine curing something.
It will help our body heal and prevent disease but it doesn’t just simply counter-act the crap we put into our bodies.
I firmly believe that if we want to make ourselves healthy, we can’t simply out-eat the crap.
You can’t just try to put in more good stuff than you put in bad.
You NEED to CUT OUT THE CRAP in order to restore your body to better health.
Think about smoking….About a month after your quit, your body has already begun repairing the damage that was done.
Your body wants to return itself to a healthier state.
However, there is no “medicine” to counteract the effects of smoking…You simply have to stop doing it.
Same goes for healthy eating.
No amount of healthy food is going to counteract all the crap you are also putting in.
If you want to be healthy, you need to cut out the crap.
Once you cut out the crap, your body will start to repair itself…and the healthy food will help!
So why do I bring all this up?
Because eating well isn’t really about eating a certain number of servings of fruits and veggies each day.
It is about not eating processed crap.
We overcomplicate eating well. We stress over meeting recommended intakes of fruits and veggies. We stress over calories, fats and carbs.
When in reality, if you want to be HEALTHY, all you really need to do is cut out the processed food and eat whole, natural ingredients!
And as a side note….
Here are two great articles from Redefining Strength if you missed them this week:
- The Glute Bridge – Why you need to do it and a bunch of different variations for everyone from the beginner to the advanced lifter.
- A 20-Minute Bodyweight Workout – A quick bodyweight workout that you can easily do at home. No equipment needed, just a table, chair or couch!
Posted on February 16, 2014, in Conventional Wisdom - How I hate you, Diet and tagged dieting tips, eating healthy, food as medicine, healthy diet, let food be thy medicine, simple diet tips. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.