By Dr. Kim Roberto
Your body is a temple, a high performance engine, a masterfully designed vessel.
Let those words sink in for a good long pause. Now, ask yourself if you 1) believe it and 2) act as if you believe it. These truths should be applied to every aspect of your life including what you put in your body. Good nutrition is a very simple and basic need, yet it is not necessarily easy in practice. As a result, many people have lost sight of its simplicity and importance and have simply given up.
“Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.” Confucius
There are timeless truths when it comes to how to nourish the human body that have been almost completely ignored in today’s modern diets. Imagine for a moment that our diets remained unchanged over the last hundreds or thousands of years. Imagine all of us eating meat from animals that roam green pastures and forage for nutritious foods designed for their bodies. Imagine us all consuming non-GMO, pesticide-free, fertilizer-free fruits and vegetables grown in fertile, nutrient-dense soil. Imagine having access to energy-rich, naturally derived, unadulterated fats. Image that processed, chemically laden foods did not exist. What would our world look like? The answer is: drastically different! This, along with the other essentials would have a drastic impact on the state of our current health. After all, ALL food was organic in the beginning and for hundreds of years. Only recently have we started labeling foods as “organic”. Shouldn’t it be the other way around?
Shouldn’t we be labeling foods that are non-organic, man-made, chemically altered, etc.? That seems like a more reasonable, truthful approach. How did we get to the point where we are labeling and identifying real food and accept processed “food” as the norm?
Traditional diets are vastly different from modern diets and unfortunately, are detrimental to human health! Here are just some examples of just how far we have strayed away from the natural order.
We have become a culture of people who are looking for the easiest, most pleasing, cheapest food rather than looking at food as it was intended- as FUEL! No one would pull up to a gas tank in their brand new Ferrari and fill it up with diesel fuel. Everyone would agree that they would use high-test fuel to support the high performance engine. Your body is the ultimate high performance engine (a temple, remember) and should be treated with extreme care and respect. Your body is literally dying for the food it needs. It is a faithful servant that diligently takes what you give it and does its best with what it gets. Your body is ecstatic (picture your 10 trillion cells doing a happy dance) when it is given foods it was designed to utilize. However, when we give our bodies the Standard American Diet, it has to make due but things start to suffer. Eventually, the parts of the well-oiled machine begin to fail. This is when symptoms start to emerge, organs become dysfunctional, and health starts to deteriorate. Keep in mind that these things happen behind the scenes long before you even know it.
Many people have lost sight of what real nutrition is and often feel overwhelmed with the thought of making changes. Remember that although man has made it complicated, nutrition is simple.
THERE IS REALLY ONE SIMPLE RULE: JUST KEEP IT REAL!
- Whole foods (no label required)
- As close to the source as possible
- Naturally raised and/or grown
The reasons why most people don’t eat the way they should is because they believe it is too hard, that it is too expensive, that it doesn’t taste good, or that they don’t have time. However, those are all excuses that have become a reality for most Americans over time. These excuses simply aren’t true. You can make changes. It is not impossible. After all, diabetes doesn’t care about your excuses. Neither do heart disease, cancer, or any other lifestyle-related disease. No one is going to make changes for you. You have to want it for yourself and for the people who love you. It is like buying an insurance policy or putting money in the bank of health. Don’t let your excuses hold you back from achieving your maximized life.
When you change your mindset to look at food as fuel for your high performance engine, things can start to fall into place. Although it sounds cliché, you will then begin to eat to live instead of living to eat.
The beauty of the Maximized Living Nutrition Plans, found in the Maximized Living Nutrition Plans book, is that they are simple, they give you the practical blueprint for success, and they have been used by thousands of people successfully to change their health outcomes. Contact your Maximized Living doctor to find out how to change your diet and your life for the better.
[author] [author_image timthumb=’on’]http://maximizedliving.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/Dr.-Kimberly-Roberto.jpg[/author_image] [author_info]Kimberly Roberto manages one of America’s leading wellness centers with her husband, Dr. Fred Roberto. Kimberly conducts popular cooking classes and exercise programs in person and online. She has led thousands of families to better health through personal nutrition coaching. Kimberly and her husband reside outside of Atlanta, GA.[/author_info] [/author]