It All Starts With One Simple Question

by | Jul 28, 2013 | Plant-Based Diet | 0 comments

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It doesn’t matter if you drive a brand new Porsche or a clapped out old Pinto, the same rules apply. Your car needs fuel in order for you to drive it.

Our bodies are the same; they too need fuel in order to operate efficiently.

Yet we eat mainly to please our taste buds.

The prevalence of diet-related diseases such as IBS, diabetes and obesity can be attributed to just one thing: convenience.

Fresh produce is easier to come by than ever, yet ironically we’re picking up our meals at McDonalds on our way to and from the office .

Hippocrates said, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” And it’s high time we took his words not just to heart, but to every other part of our body too.

It all starts with just one simple question, “Where does the food I’m about to eat come from?”

I’ve gone from being an undiscerning omnivore with a penchant for junk food, tequila and cigarettes to following a plant-based, whole food diet.

I chose this way of eating so that I will enjoy a healthy and independent old age. But answering the question, “Where does the food I’m about to eat come from?” also led to me becoming more mindful of the planet and the animals we share it with.

I don’t want to eat an egg that’s been laid by a chicken living in a tiny cage and nor do I want to eat meat that comes from a cow whose hooves have never touched grass.

Whether you’re in the supermarket, out for a meal at your favourite restaurant or standing in line at McDonalds, ask, “Where does the food I’m about to eat come from?”

Has it been ethically and sustainably sourced, is it imported, does it come from a factory farm just out to make a quick buck?

How long ago, if ever, was it actually real food?

Long life milk is white, but does that mean it’s milk? How many processes did it have to go through before it arrived on the supermarket shelf and more to the point, why does it have such a long unrefrigerated shelf life?

Don’t just buy into the brightly colored words on the front of the package telling you something is fat free or sugar free.

Ask how they got rid of the fat and sugar and what they replaced it with. Because make no mistake, they’ve added something cheap and nasty to make sure it still tastes nice.

Learn to read the label on the back.

A general rule of thumb is that the longer the list of ingredients, the dodgy-er the product. Also, if you don’t recognize an ingredient you probably shouldn’t be eating it.

You don’t need a pile of prescription drugs to soothe your IBS, lower your blood pressure or get your cholesterol in check.

What you need is more fresh fruit and vegetables and less Mickey Dees and KFC.

We owe it to ourselves to be healthier, because if we don’t our golden years are going to be tarnished with Zimmer frames, stubborn bowels and arthritis.

We owe it to our kids and family too, not only so we can spend quality time with them in our later years, but  so they’re not stuck wiping our bums because we’re too decrepit to do it ourselves.

Make a promise to yourself right now that you’ll stop eating food you can’t trace back to a reliable source.

Visit a farmer’s market this weekend. Spend time cooking as a family.

Fuel your body mindfully.

Ask, where does the food I’m about to eat come from?

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