Something occurred to me this morning as I was downing my
morning nutritional shake: this may not be the best way to do it.
God has designed the food we are to eat in a certain way. For instance, fruit is fibrous. It includes sugar, but it comes with the fiber, so that the sugar is introduced SLOWLY into the bloodstream. When we pulverize our berries mechanically, for instance, and gulp them down, we are no longer consuming them at the SPEED they were intended to enter our bodies.
Sugar introduced too fast is not good. Insufficient fibrous action in our bodies is not good.
And dropping many items into your smoothie may satisfy your need for maximizing nutrients, but how natural is that?
I often think of the way nuts come in a shell. In our fast modern world, we’ve mechanically shelled them. But I’ve often wondered if it is not better to do the work of shelling the nut myself to ensure I eat them slowly–and not too many at that! We really don’t need to eat many nuts or seeds at a time anyway. A little go a long way.
Think about what I’m saying here, and think of the overwhelming, increasing epidemic of obesity, diabetes, and the myriad of other ailments related to eating that are plaguing our society. Something has gone off track, and much of it relates to how we go about eating–even healthy foods.
I believe much of the habit of pulverizing our fruits and veggies into drinks comes from our rushed lifestyles. Gotta get to work or school–down the smoothie!
Rushing is not a good strategy. It indicates a lack of priorities. We’ve been lied to–we can’t have it ALL–choose!
We need to start considering why our food was designed as it was. It was not haphazard. I think this maxim makes sense: The further we alter our food, the further we move from health–despite our good intentions.
So how about eating a bowl of berries, or an apple, or some walnuts, or a salad with rich, vibrant colors? Too boring? I’d rather be “bored” and alive, than stimulated and dead.
How about actually EATING our food instead of drinking it?
How about resisting the urge to mix 20 items into a smoothie, and pulverizing them beyond recognition?
The road back to health begins with simple steps.
To Your Health & Fitness,
Patrick Rooney is the Owner of GREEK PHYSIQUE™, LLC a Personal Training company located in Middle Tennessee, which specializes in body sculpting for men and women. Patrick is certified through the National Association for Fitness Certification (NAFC). Patrick is available for Personal Training, Small Group Training, and Nutritional Consulting, both in person and via phone and Skype. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.