I have a lot of friends and family that lovingly poke fun at the way that I eat. My co-workers refer to my lunches as “kibbles and bits” or exaggerate by saying, “Are you eating keeeeeenwaaaaaaahhhhh today?” . . . as they head out the door to go grab a pizza or burger and fries. They find it odd that I bring my own healthy breakfast to meetings when we know ahead of time that someone will be bringing a big bag of fast food biscuits to share. Assorted family members think it’s hilarious to ask me if I brought any glutens to our holiday meals, and my daughter warns me not to put anything “healthy” in her birthday cake every year.
A few have even commented, “What difference does it make? You’ve gotta’ die of something, so you might as well enjoy yourself while you are here!”
So to set the record straight:
1) I DO enjoy myself! I love the taste of fresh, whole, unprocessed foods; and I love the way I feel after I’ve eaten them. I do occasionally splurge and eat other things, but they usually leave me feeling bloated and sluggish.
2) It makes a huge difference! Almost all disease is a direct result of our diets, and even though we do all have to die of something, I prefer to die of old age and not some debilitating disease.
Nine years ago today, my beautiful mother passed away from Alzheimer’s Disease. Although we don’t know everything there is to know about it, we do know some things. We know that it is caused by inflammation in the brain. We know that it is very similar to Diabetes and is often referred to as Diabetes 3. We know the foods that our brains require to function properly, and we know the foods that are harmful and contribute to inflammation. You may have to die of something, but let me assure you…you do NOT want that something to be Alzheimer’s!
My mother was a textbook case. She hated eggs and never consumed healthy fats (brain food), and she craved sugar and simple carbohydrates (inflammation triggers). She had also eliminated all meats from her diet for the 10 years preceding her death. My mother unknowingly starved her brain to death. A sedentary lifestyle, coupled with inadequate sleep habits only added to the problem.
After her death is when I really got serious about my own health. I was not only committed to learning all that I could about what makes our bodies function, I was determined to put that knowledge into practice in my life. All the knowledge in the world won’t do you any good if you never act on it.
There are many Scriptures that promise us a long and healthy life, but it doesn’t just happen. We must cooperate with God by not only doing what He says, but we must also take care of the body that He gave us. ..and watch out for them glutens!
Pressing toward the mark,