It has been said that it is easier to change a person’s religion than it is to change their diet.
With all of the endless different and conflicting information we hear regarding what we should eat, what we should not eat, when we should eat, when we should not eat, and how many calories should be eaten per day, blah, blah, blah….who really knows how to achieve a healthy diet?
I have personally experimented with different kinds of diets in the past (starting in high school) not because I particularly wanted to but instead felt forced to. I grew up in the USA eating the regular American diet. I never thought much about or was even very interested in thinking about food until my digestion dilemmas started controlling my life. Sometimes I would be fine eating a certain food and other times not fine at all. I tried to figure out my body but it was always an impossible task. When food always makes you feel sick, you get desperate. I kept thinking that something was wrong with ME. It seemed like everyone else around me could eat whatever they wanted at any time of day and I envied that.
Infectious disease vs. Chronic disease
Infectious diseases are at an all-time low while chronic diseases are skyrocketing. Why is this? It’s simple really. It all stems from the time in history in which we shifted from an agricultural existence to an industrial one. It is great that we have been able to eradicate a lot of history’s horrific infectious diseases. That is something we can be proud of. But what are we dealing with right now, today?
I have read books and have studied countless hours regarding everything nutrition. I have decided that the link between eating good, healthy food and preventing many of the leading chronic diseases that plague current societies is huge. HUGE. I have learned that food can literally be the medicine our bodies need.
The problem (and it’s a big one): We have lost touch with what real food even is. We have tried to play God in this industrial age by manufacturing, processing, and “creating” what we think will pass as food for our bodies. I have really thought about this in the deepest sense. I have literally spent days…weeks…months pondering this phenomenon. Cancer, diabetes, obesity…these are all chronic diseases of the humans of today. But here’s the thing…they are all preventable! We can take a stand and take back our health; we have that capacity.
I realize that not everyone has digestive complaints or health complaints in general. Some people really do just have awesome genetics and a fully-functioning immune system. They sail through life eating and drinking whatever and are perfectly fine. However, at some point in every family there will be a chronic disease that will manifest itself.
MY RESEARCH HAS TAUGHT ME THAT EVERY CHRONIC DISEASE ORIGINATES FROM THE DIGESTIVE SYSTEM…..
Also, I believe it is extremely important to realize how often these types of diseases are showing up in YOUNG children. I have been awakened. Because I have been sick, I would not wish what I’ve been going through on anyone. The standard American diet will never be a part of my life again. It is unacceptable for me and for my family.
The solution (and it’s a simple one): Get back to our roots. Think about our ancestors. How did they live? What did they eat? They lived off of the land and ate the food nature provides. The food God has provided for us. Meat from animals…vegetables…fruit…nuts and seeds. These are all natural foods that the body understands. The body does not know so well how to digest grains, dairy, or any man-made food. (Grains and dairy will each have their own posts somewhere down my blogging line explaining why they should be avoided).
Preparing and cooking food MUST be done in our own homes. This is crucial. Guess what? This takes time. A LOT of time. Did I mention this takes SOOOO much time? It is a full-time job when you are doing this for every single meal. But guess what? It is SOOOO worth it. Your body will thank you.