How to Eat to Live: What is Your Relationship with Food?

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What is your relationship with food? Is it healthy where you eat to live, or are you using eating as an emotional crutch to get you through each day and hour?

Do you eat to live, or live to eat? Take a moment to consider this; it’s an important question. With our stressed-out, crazy fast, and technology-driven modern lifestyles, it’s easy to rely on food as an emotional crutch, a best friend, or an outlet for our fears and hostilities. If you’re living to eat, then it may be time to reconsider your relationship with food.

Biologically speaking, food is fuel for your body. It’s as simple as that. You have been given this glorious, fleshy, fantastically powerful machine to carry you through life. It’s as amazing, powerful, and sexy as a Ferrari, Lamborghini, Porsche, or Tesla. You would be certifiably insane to use 87-octane fuel in your $300,000 supercar, so why the heck would you put crappy fuel in YOUR priceless body? It’s pure, unadulterated madness. Most of the time we treat our freakin’ cars better than we treat ourselves!

Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not advocating that we become cold or dispassionate about our food or not fully enjoy it with every fiber of our being. I just don’t want you to get confused about the real reason that we need to eat. We need food for energy, stamina, and vital life force. This biological principle is simple, true, and unambiguous. So, eat like you’re going to be traveling in this machine for the rest of your life—because, guess what, you are!

The Language of Food

People often find the language of healthy nutrition to be confusing at best. Counting calories, multiplying fat grams, and memorizing words like “indole 3-carbinol” can have your head spinning like Linda Blair’s in The Exorcist. Not a good look if you’re trying to score a date with that special someone you’ve had your eye on. So, let me break it down for you.

Nutrients have their own language. Whether it’s vitamins, minerals, proteins, or fats—the chemical structure of these food components is encoded in a specific molecular makeup. This chemical encoding is the “language” of nutrients, allowing them to communicate perfectly with the blood, cells, organs, and tissues of the human body in order to create health. When we eat natural, whole, unprocessed foods that are packed with high nutrient density, it’s easy to have a perfectly flowing, engaged, and happy conversation. It’s like when you meet a new person at a party, and you instantly know you’re going to be great friends. The conversation flows easily and gracefully, and, at its end, you both feel amazing, uplifted, and energized.

Conversely, when you eat food-like substances that often contain a plethora of unpronounceable and artificial ingredients, and their names come with a lot of “oxyl,” “methyl,” and “propyl” things in them plus combinations of strange numbers, the conversation doesn’t exactly feel good. Again, it’s like being at a party and meeting a stranger, only the conversation drains you and sucks out your life force. All you can think about is chewing off your own arm and bashing the person you’re talking to over the head with it to escape their bloodsucking, lecherous energy. A pretty vivid picture, am I right? The question now becomes, if your body can’t speak the same language as these artificial, toxic, unnatural, often petroleum-based ingredients, what does it DO after you consume them?

In all of its infinite wisdom, when your body realizes that it can’t speak “toxicese” fluently and can’t process these “foods” via normal digestive and excretory processes, it files them away in your organs or fatty tissues to deal with later. The problem is—unless you make a point to regularly detoxify and cleanse—your body doesn’t deal with them. EVER. If you aren’t diligent about detoxing from these substances on a regular basis, you can accumulate a lifetime of buildup and create a seriously toxic environment in your body.

My advice

Eat whole, minimally processed, organic, plant-based foods. Do whatever it takes to motivate and inspire yourself to eat more fresh fruits, vegetables, seeds, and, occasionally, superfoods.

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