I would like to share an interesting anecdote with you. One of the things I love about staying at the beach is having our meals outside within view of the gulf. Last week, every time we ate outside, we were stalked by giant seabirds! First it was a blue heron that the locals have named Charlie and later it was a great white egret.
Quick quiz--say the answers aloud:
We figured that someone must be feeding these birds for them to be hanging around so near to us while we ate.
My neighbor who is a retired veterinarian once told me that people do a great disservice to the wildlife when they feed it food that is not part of a healthy diet for that species. In particular he was referring to ducks and geese that people in my neighborhood feed with bread. Bread can give a goose or duck a fungus that can eventually kill them. In this instance, herons and egrets eat fish--not bread.
The thing about the egret is that if the man had not provided the bread, the egret would have stuck to its healthy diet. I think that people are the same way. Think about it--If someone hadn't come up with junk food, you would have never eaten it! Right?
What do you consider food?
When I was younger, I didn't eat what I now consider a healthy diet. I ate what many consider the Standard Amercian Diet (SAD). I ate white bread, boxed cereals, american cheese, Doritos, etc. About 25 years ago I got a systemic fungus known as candida and I needed to stop eating junk, bread, sugar and even fruit and was on an incredibly strict diet to restore my health. I didn't understand then how much my diet was impacting my health. I think that most of you don't understand it either because we are all used to eating what is placed in front of us or packaged for us at the grocery store rather than making a conscious choice.
Human beings are meant to eat real food!
Now, although I still eat some organic chips and salsa at times, I no longer eat Doritos with MSG and GMOs. I aim to cook most meals from real food and to include a healthy variety of colorful veggies. To the left is a meal I made in Florida for lunch one day, containing only real food. Note that real food is food in its most natural state.
- Look at what you are eating.
- Do your meals look like real food to you?
- What can you add in or change to move closer to eating real food?
Have a great week!
Lots of Love,