• Justin O

Maybe It's The Food 

It's crazy to me that the public consensus doesn't fully equate what we eat to how we feel. Sure, we know if we eat too much junk food we will feel bloated, but do we ever consider that even our slightest issues might be related to the food we eat? We don't think of food as being disease causing. We know if we eat too much we will gain weight. And we know that being overweight leads to a slew of health problems. But what if most diseases are caused by the food we eat. We ingest kilograms upon kilograms of food per day. Each food has a different effect on our body. And even though everyone is different, one fact remains; if you eat the wrong food, your body will react to it. It's time to wake up. Food is where we need to start when talking about why people get sick. I remember when I was first diagnosed with Crohn's disease. Even though it's an intestinal illness, I believed my doctor when she said it was unrelated to what we eat. Thinking back, how ridiculous does that sound? How can an intestinal disease not be related to food? We have this view of illness that needs to change. We think getting sick is inevitable. We think autoimmune problems, cancer, and even minor issues like bloating are some magical happenings that will certainly affect us. But what if that wasn't true? Our ancestors suffered little from these modern diseases. Indigenous societies if they reach the age of 50(there are definite risks of earlier death in these primitive societies) have the exact same life span as us without chronic illness. This isn't a coincidence. Food is powerful. On Superbowl Sunday I let myself cheat on my diet. When I woke up the next morning, I noticed I had developed a couple of zits. I also have a bad ankle that flares up every once in awhile. I always thought these flare ups were at random. Wrong. After I eat too much sugar, my ankle begins to hurt. It's like clockwork. Without food, we die. It's crucial to our survival. So how can something so important to us have little effect on our health? Think about it, it makes zero sense. Everyone reacts differently to different foods. But at the end of the day, we need to be more mindful of what we consume and how it affects us. Listen to your body. And remember that a calorie isn't just a calorie. There's so much more to the equation than losing or gaining weight. The old saying "we are what we eat" is true. Start fueling yourself with proper nutrition and you will see the difference. You will realize that maybe it was the food that mattered most of all. #nutrition #healthandwellness #healthandswellness

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