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What did you Eat Today

What did you Eat Today?

Becky Campos Simple Health Ministries

 

My health classes, guest speaking commitments, church activities and certainly through every day life experiences affords me the opportunity to speak to many people about their own personal pursuit of reclaiming their health and preventing disease. One of the things I observe in my conversations with people about the subject of health is that often the person becomes consumed with giving up unhealthy foods and yet fails to introduce nutrition to their body.  Abstaining from unhealthy food is of highest importance.  One cannot reclaim their health or prevent disease as long as they continue to consume dead food void of nutrition.

However, as good as removing the unhealthy foods from your daily menu may be, introducing nutritious, healthy and living foods is equally important.  I have many friends who call to tell me that they have stop consuming soda, fried foods, fast foods, excessive caffeine, processed foods like candy bars and pastries yet they still are fatigued or they haven’t seen the progress I have experienced.  As I interview them for more information I find one common thread between them.  They stopped doing all the wrong things or at least some but they never have quite accomplished introducing the right things.  To stop doing all the detrimental things without introducing the beneficial things is working harder not smarter.  What would you say if your college student called you one day and told you that he is no longer staying out to all hours of the night, he is not missing classes and he is not hanging out with the wrong crowd, yet when you asked him if he was taking notes in class, studying for his test and attending study sessions with other successful students his answer was “No not yet.”  You would be ecstatic that he was at least headed in the right direction.  At least he stopped doing all the wrong things you might say, yet you know that it won’t be enough for his academic success.  Unless he incorporates taking notes, studying for his test and attends studying sessions, he may be very well of to becoming a career student.  Reclaiming your health and preventing disease requires the powerful combination of removing unhealthy foods and introducing healthy, living foods.

I once had the privilege of being invited to a friend’s home to help her identify unnecessary, unhealthy and dangerous foods in her cupboards, pantry and refrigerator.  I applaud her desire to use me as a resource.  We spent several hours together and studied numerous health subjects.  After taking inventory of her kitchen we identified some unhealthy foods but no dangerous foods.  For the most part she was doing well in abstaining from unhealthy, dead and dangerous foods.  Still she battled weight, colon issues, fatigue and several other nagging symptoms.  Sitting there listening to her describe her discouragement I asked her to write down what she had eaten the day before.  It was necessary to study her daily food intake.   Here is what she listed:

Breakfast

1 piece of fruit

1 piece of wheat toast

1 cup of coffee

Water

Skipped lunch

Dinner

1 serving of white spaghetti (about a cup)

½ of a cup of Marinara sauce

½ cup spinach salad which included

3 slices of purple onion

5 Mandarin orange slices

Walnuts

Water

My friend did not have one dangerous food on her daily menu.  The white spaghetti and coffee are considered a compromise but all other ingredients were good choices.

I proceeded to write down what I had eaten the day before to show her the striking contrast.  Here is what I listed:

1 bottle of water first thing in the morning

1 fruit bowl (Mango, grapes and apples)

1 large bowl of oatmeal (sweetened with Stevia, Almond milk, Cinnamon)

2 pieces of Ezekiel bread toasted with butter

Walked

Water

Fruit smoothie (bananas, strawberries, blueberries, oat bran, flax seed, almond milk, water, crushed ice)

4 Juice Plus whole food supplement capsules (www.givemhealth.net)

2 PB8 capsules (Acidophilus)

1 Kyolic green drink

Lunch

Water

Brown rice

Bean soup (home made)

100 whole wheat tortilla

Small salad (Romaine lettuce, cauliflower, nuts, ½ red pepper, ¼ cup broccoli)

Snack

Snap Peas with olive oil

Water

Vegetable smoothie:

Carrots, broccoli stalk, red chard, parsley, apple, orange and water

Dinner

Large salad

Romaine Lettuce

Green peppers

Red cabbage

Almonds

Tomato

Avocado

Cauliflower

Squash

Cucumber

Lime

Jicama

Vegetarian Lasagna

Egg plant

Red peppers

Sweet Onions

Green Squash

Yellow Squash

Green peppers

Sautéed in two Tbl. spoons olive oil

1 Tbl. spoon Mrs. Dash blend

Whole wheat noodles

Marinara sauce

4 Tbl. spoons goat cheese

2 Juice Plus capsules (www.givemhealth.net)

Large cooked yam

Apple salad for dessert

Apples

Celery

Walnuts

Raisins

Vegenaise (alternative for Mayonnaise)

Water

Cinnamon hot drink

We each totaled the amount of nutritious foods we had consumed.  Making this list prepared my friend to observe the difference between abstaining from dead, unhealthy and dangerous foods and replacing them with living, healthy and nutritional foods and what that might look like in her everyday food intake.  The number of nutritional foods she consumed added up to eight and mine totaled to sixty four with out counting the water I drank through out the day.  I might add to this discussion that each of the nutritional foods I consumed include in it of themselves thousands of nutrients.  In the end we successfully identified a critical health thinking skill she must master before she will begin to see real results.

Critical Health Thinking Skill: Abstain from dead, unhealthy and dangerous foods and replace them with living, healthy and nutritional foods; emphasis on replace.

The last thing I did before leaving my friends home was to remind her that she was certainly far better off abstaining from the unhealthy, dangerous foods she use to consume and now her focus was to replace them with healthy, nutritious, living foods.

What did you eat today?

Becky Campos

It is not enough to give up, abstain, and stay away from unhealthy foods.  We must introduce and make healthy foods our core foods for life.

Critical Health Thinking Skill: Ask yourself this question; what am I doing right and what am I doing wrong? Identify both and work to stop doing the wrong and start doing the right. 

 

Experience how simple health, really is!