I put health into 2 categories:
- Nutrition: Basically, what we eat and how we live, separate from fitness
- Products we use such as beauty (make-up, skin care, soaps, etc), cleaning (counter cleaner, bleach, dish detergent, laundry detergent, etc), etc (don’t worry, I’ll explain)
I like the analogy of car fuel. When you’re car is low on gas, you put fuel in it so it runs. If you put water into your gas tank, you wouldn’t expect it to run, right? If you used a poor quality fuel, you’d expect the quality of which the car to run to go down. Our bodies are similar. Our food is the fuel we put into our bodies. Eating Doritos and McDonald’s is like using poor quality fuel. What happens when you continue to treat your car like that? It breaks down faster. It gets all gunked up and if we don’t catch it soon enough, the engine will explode and we’ll be shit out of luck.
Personally, I think a lot of the problem is that our baseline is so messed up, we don’t even realize how bad off we are. Acid reflux is something we’ve learned to live with. An aching knee is just the way it is.
What about those with intestinal problems? Did you know facial breakouts that seem to be rosacea could be from a gluten intolerance? Did you know you’re doctor only gets about 6 hours of nutritional training in their 8+ years of school? Did you know that the pharmaceutical companies spend big money on medical programs so they can write the curriculums? Do you know what a GMO is, and that it’s been banned by multiple areas in Europe? Did you know that an ingredient in soda and other drinks was pulled from the FDA’s generally recognized as safe (GRAS) list in the 70’s because of it’s link to heart disease, but it’s still being used?
I could go on and on. Don’t worry- I’m not a crazy food fanatic- I learn what I can, and change my habits based off information, as I can. It all has to line up though. As much as I want to eat all certified organic, my current budget doesn’t allow for it, so I do what I can when I can. I still eat Doritos, just not in quantities like I used to. I still have a soda here and there. My brain is too indoctrinated into this non-food food to completely cut it off, but maybe one day I’ll be there…
Most people have no idea how good their body is designed to feel. -Kevin Trudeau
It’s sad how true that is. It’s sad how many of us don’t even want to find out because our food addictions have us so wrapped up in our excuses of why we don’t really need to be better, whatever that may mean for each of us.
Of all the people I know, a slim couple are at optimal health, and only slightly more are in good health. But that greater percent who thinks they’re alright, aren’t. It is hard to change our patterns of behavior. It can be expense to reconfigure the kinds of food and products we buy, but when the expense is our health, why don’t we invest? How much does cancer cost? We CAN prevent so many cases.
2. General products not classified as food
“…and we’re not even having fun!”
I never considered that the products I was using in the shower, and to clean my kitchen, were slowly leading me towards degeneration! Who wants to grow old or lose their mental and physical faculties before our time? What do you mean we don’t have to?
Now, I fashionize my whole world, as I can (like I said, I’m not a fanatic. I have a mix of chemical grossness and non-chemical organic things surrounding me. Baby steps to betterment, without stress).
I believed labels. I believed organic was organic… until I learned that it wasn’t. I JUST learned what greenwashing was. Really?! Straight lies is all we’re told………
“Words like Herbal, Natural, and Organic have no legal definition.” That means anyone can put these labels on a bottle regardless of if they really are, or not.
Soo gross! So sad. So infuriating!! Fine, we’ll just have to pay more attention.