I love this picture. I took it at Wintzell’s Oyster House in Mobile. It really is a great principle to live by and a guideline we should all follow. If we did, the world would be a much nicer place for sure! I starting thinking this weekend about how this same principle could be applied to the food we put into our bodies.
If I rewrite this for food, it would look something like this: Tell me what you think…….
Three tests: When I want to put something into my mouth, let me think-
First: Is it true? Is the food you are about to eat REAL FOOD or is it a bunch of processed garbage that is created in a lab and not in nature? If your diet is consisting largely of fast-food (even their salads and grilled chicken that SEEM healthy) and convenience/boxed foods – then you are eating so many chemicals and other things we just do not need. You are also eating foods that are designed to make you crave them and overeat. If it did not come from nature, try to stay away from it as much as possible. My one exception to this is a really high-quality protein shake like Chike that has great numbers.
Second: Is it necessary? Processed sugar, saturated fat, trans-fat, alcohol, white flour. These are really NOT necessary to our survival and provide empty calories. Get your sugar from fruits, eat healthy fats like olive oil, try to eat whole whea t flour and soy flour and stay away from processed white flour, stay away from alcohol as much as possible- they do not call it a BEER BELLY for nothing!
Third: Is it kind? Truly stop and look at the food before you open your mouth. Think about what is in the food. Is it filled with things that are going to be kind to your body such as vitamins and minerals? Is it a beautiful vibrant color? Fruits and veggies have color for a reason. Each color represents a nutrient that we need. If it is white, chances are it is not going to be kind to our bodies. One of the biggest things we can do to help curb the obesity epidemic in this country is really pay more attention to what we eat and how nutrient-dense every morsel is for our bodies.
IF NOT, LET IT BE UNEATEN!
If we could all practice this in principle, WOW….just think how much healthier we all would be. Try it and see how many things you eat daily would fail this test and never cross your lips. THEN see how much better you feel in a few weeks and how much better your clothes fit! These are the same principles we try to show our Fit and Flourishing Online Personal Training clients and many are seeing great results from this concept being put into practice!
TRY IT FOR TWO WEEKS!