This is true in a very real sense. Our diets determine a lot about our lives. We can eat junk food, too many fat and sugar calories, and grow fat and soft ourselves. We can fill up on fatty cuts of meat and end up with clogged arteries and diabetes. Or we can eat healthy, fulfilling whole foods and bring our bodies to a state of health and well-being.
I have personally struggled with diet all my life. For most of my life I ate what my family put on the table. Good home-cooked meals are a blessing, but when those meals are full of lousy nutrients, it takes a toll on our bodies. Meat, dairy and eggs are not the only sources of protein. Whole grains, beans, lentils, peas and soy are all sources of good plant-based protein. A varied diet has other benefits as well. Plants have fiber, which helps our digestive systems move things along. Fruit is full of vitamins and simple carbs for quick energy. Vegetables have many nutrients science has yet to discover. We do our bodies good by eating good foods.
In our modern world people rely too much on fast food and restaurants. My nurse yesterday told me there is a hepatitis outbreak recently linked to restaurant food. I have already been vaccinated, and I rarely eat at restaurants. This hepatitis outbreak kinda grosses me out, because hep is spread through contamination with fecal matter. I really don’t want to think about cooks not washing their hands after going to the toilet, and then preparing my food. This is just another reason to cook for yourself.
This morning I had some oatmeal and blueberries, some ground flax seeds, and some walnuts, all for the beneficial omega-3 oils they contain. There is no need to take fish oil, which is usually contaminated with mercury and other toxins from our polluted oceans. As long as we get enough good foods, any shortages in essential oils can be made up by our own bodies from healthy food. For lunch I am having navy beans and broccoli. After lunch I am going to get to work on the lawn. I feel good this morning, and it is a bright, sunny summer day.
If we want to have healthy, good-looking bodies, the best place to start is with our diets. A vitamin pill is good insurance to take as well, in case we don’t get enough micronutrients from our food. B-12 is in short supply in vegan food, but is easily available as a supplement. I take a full compliment of vitamins and have fairly decent health. I almost never get sick, and I am working on becoming more active every day. Good food and good activity are what we need as human beings. Sitting all day in front of a TV or computer will eventually take its toll on our health. Get up, get active, and cook your own food. That is the recipe for success.