What Are You Feeding?

We eat to fuel our energies and activities. We eat because we have to. We eat for pleasure. There are many reasons for eating! Sometimes people feel like they eat too much or for the wrong reasons. We often think of the PHYSICAL reasons as to this. Here are some things to remember.

You will attempt to FUEL your activities and feelings. This means that you will consume things so that you can spend that energy on things you need to do as well as things you want to do. In Perfect Health, we eat appropriately to fuel our healthy activities and positive emotions. There is not a lack of, neither an abundance of FUEL. Most of us, however have some emotional issues. We may also struggle to keep up with things that we feel like we NEED to do. Things are challenging! So what if we have anxiety or depression? These emotions create the need to consume more fuel. We refer to this as “emotional eating.” Sometimes we crave food as a way to cope with these issues. Maybe we are working too much in certain areas. There are many reasons our eating may be out of balance. Try to remember the different levels.

  • PHYSICAL – What energies and how much are you spending doing physical activities?
  • EMOTIONAL – Are you emotionally stressed causing you to extra consume?
  • MENTAL – Sometimes things are mentally draining and suck up large amounts of fuel.
  • RELATIONAL – If our relationships are unhealthy or conflicting, we may need more to deal.
  • SPIRITUAL – Sometimes we have upset or conflicts on the Spiritual Level that drain People.

In healthy systems, you will be RESOLVED about the tasks you are doing, and feel emotionally CONTENT about doing them.

How do we work on this?

We try to bring our activities to Healthy Places, be more attentive to eating styles, and resolve emotional upset we may have. We be mindful of how consuming things fuels us on different levels; and often we need to resolve the activities before we stop consuming things we don’t want to! Another good tip is to not eat when stressed. Try to not rush, eat in a healthy environment, and appreciate the meal. Sometimes, just realizing the relationships between our activities and what we choose to eat is enough to start developing Healthier ways of doing things!

-JOE


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Some Notes on Food Processing

Often times, we can get confused as to what are “NATURAL” foods. With so much mislabeling and marketing, foods are led to be sold as “NATURAL,” when they may not be. There is a chain here, and we will go over the basics.

WILD FOODS – These are truly natural foods. They grow in the wild, roam around, or swim. Wild plants and animals. Many of these are not sold in stores or are very expensive to obtain. The nutritional benefits of these are often much higher than that of other foods.

NATURALLY FARMED FOODS – These are non genetically modified foods that have been grown from wild foods. Depending how far down the chain we go may determine many of the health benefits. We want to be using natural substances that grow healthy plants and animals. These are WHOLE FOODS like radishes, spinach, and chickens. These types of foods can still be considered natural because farming is a natural Human activity.

ISOLATED OR REFINED NATURAL FOODS – These are natural foods that have been processed in some way to obtain certain substances. Examples of this would be healthy food oils or butter. Olive oil is not a whole food. This does not mean it is unhealthy. It just means that it has undergone SOME FORM OF PROCESSING. People can argue that this actually promotes health by providing beneficial components that would be hard to get otherwise. This can also be when people remove parts of things such as grains.

“PROCESSED FOODS” – This can have so many meanings. Basically what we are talking about here is when Food has either been “Premade,” or had something done to it that extends it’s shelf stability. This is where we get into things such as PRESERVATIVES. The degree of processing may indicate or give clues as to the Health of a given item. Processing also may degrade a lot of the value of food. If a food goes through many hands and processes before it gets eaten, it can be greatly reduced.

JUNK FOODS – People may have their opinions on what is classified as junk. According to the definition here, we will classify junk food as “Overly processed foods that are complexly mixed together, and are usually laden with chemicals and preservatives.” Here, we get into substances or foods that are very far removed from “WHOLE FOODS.” These “FOODS” often have a dozen or more ingredients and food value may be low. These are usually laced with refined salts, flavorings, sugars, and other things that are probably not great. The substances can be highly addicting with ingredients like bread, cheese, modified corn, etc.

So that is the Scale! In general, some goals may be to INCREASE the intake of NATURAL FOODS. Our bodies expect us to be eating primarily whole foods. These mostly include wild foods and naturally farmed foods. The farmed food scene is getting increasingly complex due to technology. Some of these may help, while others create foods that are hard to process or recognize. Increasing the RATIO of whole foods is a great strategy. Sometimes, we feel that processed foods are easier to prepare, and sometimes they are! Here is a short list of some healthy choices that are also FAST.

  • Fresh Greens
  • Olive Oil
  • Dried Fruit
  • Avocados
  • Raw Nuts
  • Raw veggies
  • Fresh Fruit

Here are some things that take only a SHORT duration to make.

  • Lightly cooked meats
  • Lightly cooked veggies
  • Salads
  • Omelets
  • Some whole grain cereals

Some foods like dried beans and rice just will take more time to prepare. Often, we need to prioritize to figure out what boundaries we want to set on choices. Food prepping can be helpful, such as making a bulk amount of rice for the week. It doesn’t need to be about PERFECTION. Processing does not necessarily make a food unhealthy. Just be smart about choosing what to eat. Try to avoid junk foods, and consume more natural processed versions of things like Oatmeal.

In general, try to balance intake among whole foods with a small amount of refined items. It may take some time to increase ratios; but you will feel better as more of what is consumed comes from truly natural foods!

-JOE


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Immune Boosting Strategies and Supplements

There are many things we can do to keep ourselves Healthy in various ways and the immune system working great. Just a short post on some easy and helpful strategies that can help.

  1. Fresh Air. It amazes me how many people choose to sit inside stuffy locations. Understandably, it gets Cold in the Winter; but Fresh air is the NUMBER ONE thing that we need to be healthy. Open windows for twenty minutes Daily to grab the benefits. Being outside also is great!
  2. Movement. You need to circulate things. Walking is the #1 exercise. After that, add in things like cardio and resistance training.
  3. Quality Rest. This would include not overworking and also sleep.

SUPPLEMENTS

  1. As a general rule; things that are intense to the tongue will be good bug fighters. RAW GARLIC, HOT PEPPERS, Kitchen herbs like OREGANO, THYME, ROSEMARY, etc. There are many essential oils that can be helpful.
  2. The second category are substances that boost the immune system. These are things like RAW HONEY, Fresh Fruits and Veggies, High quality proteins, etc. There are various other herbs that may help.

A note on STRESS

Besides trying to PROTECT ourselves and wipe out bugs with herbs and superfoods; a lot of the game involves successfully dealing with STRESS. The more undealt with stress that gets by, the easier it is for micro invaders to take hold.

Overall, there are many strategies to help us not get run down by sickness. Most of them involve self-care to high degrees. The other part is consuming medicinal substances to either wipe out bacteria-like invaders or boost the immune system so that it can effectively fight these away. We also want to take basic cautionary measures like washing hands and not entering into circumstances that lead to transmission of disease.

-JOE


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