Physically Healthy Habits: Eating Well

health diagram by Stuart Miles

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I had just had a pretty balanced lunch: leftover roast beef from the crock pot with potatoes and carrots. It was delicious and good, but I felt terrible. I was lethargic and felt like I needed a nap, but I had another few hours of work to go! I went back to my desk and decided to Google why I was feeling so bad after such a seemingly good lunch. I had read a few results when I came across an article explaining that I was eating the wrong type of food for my blood type. I went out and bought the book the next night and read it over the weekend. I changed my diet immediately and began feeling better physically and emotionally! I lost weight without even trying and got rid of some health issues I had been dealing with. I couldn’t believe it—eating well had changed my life.

Everyone knows that exercising is important, but as one Internet meme says, great abs are made in the kitchen! I’m not going to tell you HOW to eat right–YOU decide how you eat right! But here are three ways to eat WELL:

  • Find what works for you. The same eating plan doesn’t work for everyone. I have friends who are paleo, some who are vegan, and others who eat whatever they want in moderation—all successfully. You may have to try a few different things to find what works. I have been on several different eating plans, including the South Beach diet, a weight watchers type group, and just eating whatever I want in moderation. However, as noted, I now follow the Blood Type Diet by Peter D’Adamo because it cleared up a lot of different health-related issues I was having. It continues to work for me—I can say that I have not been to the doctor in almost three years, I have not gotten sick for five years, and I have never felt better. Whatever works best for you, figure that out and do it!
  • Research your food sources. I personally am a non-GMO proponent because I’ve seen how non-GMO food has helped me. When I cut out GMOs, I feel better, I have fewer health issues (like eczema and digestion issues), and quite frankly, non-GMO food tastes better! I shop at farmers’ markets, health food stores, and regular grocery stores—but I do a lot of research on the things I buy, especially at the regular store. It is important to know where your food is coming from. I personally don’t like eating meats that have been pumped with antibiotics, vegetables or fruits that have been genetically modified to withstand pesticides, and dairy products that have been laced with hormones. That’s not how food should be consumed, in my opinion. But you have to come to your own conclusions about your food sources—and research will help you with that.
  • Give yourself a break. I don’t follow the Blood Type Diet 100%, and neither should you follow any diet 100% (unless your doctor has prescribed it). Sometimes, I eat GMOs. I like sweets, and I allow myself to eat them! I do it for my body—so that it doesn’t get too out of whack if I have a food I technically should be avoiding. I don’t want to feel bloated or have a headache or stuffed up nose just for enjoying a banana. But I also do it for my mind: if I go too long without having sweets, then I tend to overindulge myself the next time. So I definitely am a proponent of having one cheat day a week! Just make sure it is only one day, that you control your portion size, and that you surround it with eating well.

Food is our physical sustenance. The right foods will give us fuel and energy and leave us feeling better than before we ate. So if you want to be physically healthy, make sure you are not just eating right, but that you are eating well! “And whatever you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31)! Bon appetit!

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