Does it really matter what we eat on a day to day basis?
Depending upon who you ask, sometimes yes, sometimes no. If you’re asking me, I say yes!
I sometimes think I worry too much about what I eat. Is it fattening, nutrient-dense, vegan, gluten-free?
It can certainly be exhausting.
The Importance of Having a Nutrition Plan
However, when I don’t follow my nutrition plan I don’t look well.
Or feel well.
This leads to me being unable to participate in all the active things I like to do. Maybe it’s just me.
Maybe others aren’t so affected by what they eat. Maybe they can eat whatever they want and be okay. Sure, they are a little overweight but look at all the pleasure they get out of food.
Then reality hits.
I start observing people around me and had to reconsider…
A great example is when my husband and I went to a karaoke night in our community recently. We sat across the table from an older couple and I could tell the woman was overweight. We talked a bit and then she started to tell me about all her health problems.
She had been in the hospital for 54 days and they couldn’t find out what was wrong with her. She had one problem after another. She is telling me this while eating, quite vigorously, snacks of crackers, cheese, meat and soda. When she got up to leave I could see she wasn’t overweight at all, but very obese.
Years of eating whatever she wanted had brought on pounds of unwanted weight, chronic health problems and malnutrition — the list goes on and on.
And she’s not alone.
Not by a long shot. In fact, her story is so common that you can probably find 1o people just like her in your own neighborhood.
Good Food = Good Living
It comes down to deciding what you want out of life.
Sometimes we don’t realize what’s out there until we see a different way of living. I love food too and I eat quite well and quite abundantly.
The ill health effects of over consumption of the wrong foods usually don’t materialize until middle age. It’s then that much harder for us to deal with.
Life is for living.
Good food is certainly a part of that.
What we need to do is change what we think of as good food. Healthy food tastes good and is nourishing without creating disease or weight gain in our bodies.