Eat to Live, Don’t Live to Eat!

by Eugene on March 25, 2011

Source: Alex B Henderson

West Philadelphia born and raised, on the playground is where I spent most of my days…or so goes the opening song of the Fresh Prince of Bel Air, an early ’90s hit TV series featuring Will Smith.  I was raised in West Philadelphia and, when it comes to food, all around the world Philly is known for the infamous Philly cheese steak.  It’s no wonder that Philadelphia ranks high on the list of Most Obese cities.  And trust me when I tell you that when I was a teenager and into my early 20s, a juicy cheese steak and a nice batch of cheese fries were staples in my daily food selection.  Fast forward a few years and as the saying goes, when you know better, you do better.  Slight Edge author Jeff Olson says, “we are digging our graves with our teeth.”  You only need to look at the alarming rate of ailments like cancer, heart disease, and diabetes to realize just how much that statement rings true.

I was at a seminar once and a statement one of the presenters made really stuck with me.  He said, “if you eat dead things, you begin to die.”  Ouch! I was a huge fan of a big bowl of Frosted Flakes and cow’s milk.  The presenter went on further to say, “human beings are the only species that drink the milk of another species and drink milk past the nursing stage (someone is saying, “but wait, cats drink milk.” You’re right…because we as humans give it to them.)  There was one last thing he said about milk which was the icing on the cake for me, “humans drink the milk of an animal designed to grow to over 1000 lbs.  Wow! And aren’t children more obese than ever right now?  Just something to think about.   Those statements really crawled up inside me and caused me to take a serious look at my food choices.  As a result, I began to study and experiment and below are 4 action items which have given me an energy boost and increased my health and vitality overall.  I’m sure if you incorporate these four into your routine you will see and feel the difference in a matter of days.

1. Detox Periodically– If you’re standing in a hole with a shovel and would like to get out, you must 1st quit digging.  There are many “detox” programs out there and I encourage you to look deep into the effects of whichever you choose.  A program that I highly recommend can be found in the book Clean, The Revolutionary Program to Restore the Body’s Natural Ability to Heal Itself by Alejandro Junger, M.D.  This program has changed my life!

2. Drink High Quality H2O…Often– I used to be one of those people who made outlandish statements such as, “water is just water, tap or bottled, there’s no difference.”  Now I recognize the error in that thinking.  You want to scare yourself, do a Google search of pharmaceuticals in the water supply.  Our bodies, and planet for that matter, are mostly made up of water, or liquid life as I like to call it.  Jim Rohn says, “it’s hard to do well when you don’t feel well and most folks out there are dehydrated.”

3. Alkalize Your Inner Environment– The majority of our society has an acid-forming diet.  Not wanting to get too technical here, if you’re looking at a scale, one end is completely acid and the other is completely alkaline.  We want to be slightly alkaline.  Foods such as red meats, chicken, turkey, bananas, milk products, corn, pork, shell fish, and soda are acid forming.  It’s scientifically proven that most  diseases can be tied to an acid state in the body.  Alkaline choices include most vegetables, most ripe fruits, barley, buckwheat, kombucha, and sprouted almonds.

4. Eat Organic– As often as possible your food choices should exclude processed and packaged foods.  When it comes to health and wellness, fast food restaurants are the devil.  Even fruits and vegetables which have been treated with pesticides and other chemicals should be eliminated.  If you are going to eat meat make sure it’s from animals raised in the wild and fed an organic diet.  It would stand to reason that if your chicken eats chemically treated foods you too are ingesting those chemicals when you partake in those buffalo wings.  Look for that USDA Certified Organic label.

Here’s a list of some known Super Foods I’d encourage you to incorporate into your daily nutritional regimen:

  • Blueberries
  • Avocado
  • Acai Berry
  • Pomegranates
  • Almonds
  • Quinoa
  • Salmon
  • Broccoli
  • Edamame Beans
  • Kale

Eat to live, don’t live to eat.  And I know it can be tough, especially since we’ve found a way to link food to almost everything we do.  It gets warm…fire up the grill.  Funerals have the repast, weddings have receptions, Super Bowl Sunday has it’s own food selection, and we can go on.  Pay the low price of better food choices for your health now rather than paying the high price with your health later.  Eat for optimal performance, the only thing that can come out is what you put in!  Remember, your body is on your side.  It wants to do it’s best at all times, you only need to fuel it properly!

GO!!

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1 Keidre Archibald July 11, 2011 at 1:45 pm

I LOVE THIS BOOK!! I believe in it because it is an easy read..it makes sense..and it isn’t so deep in a sense that u can’t use it as a daily source of inspiration..ANYONE can relate..it isn’t just for the entrepreneurial mind..it is for anyone who dares to DREAM..”F.E.A.R is False Evidence Appearing Real”..I am not afraid to give myself the greenlight..I ask..”What are YOU waiting for?”..Thanks Philly for this gift..much love!!

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2 Roni Feierstein April 9, 2011 at 2:17 pm

Wow! A young person who truly gets it!!! I have lived your message for at least the past 20 years or so and look and feel 20 years younger than my actual age. To the good eating, gratitude and mindfulness, I add yoga, Zumba, weight training, dancing and giving back to the community since I was a child . No need to detox for me except through massage and body scrubs when I can afford it. See Eugene, you REALLY are on to something. I have had a hard time convincing others that this really works. Thanks be to G-d I enjoy good heath, great energy, and JOY in life, despite the sudden death of my beloved one year ago.I’m happy for the wonderful years I had him in my life and the many “gifts” he left me. Keep getting your message out. I am proof it works. I pray I can keep on keeping on until I am a VERY old lady, continuing to live this healthy lifestyle and learning something new every day. All the best to you !

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3 eugene April 10, 2011 at 12:24 am

Hello Roni, congrats on looking and feeling 20 years younger! Your additions to the list are great suggestions, I too love yoga, weight training, and dancing! A few friends of mine speak highly of Zumba and of course you can never go wrong giving back to the community. I believe Givers Gain! So many people get caught up in trying to make a living and neglect their bodies, what good is the wealth if you don’t have your health?
The fact that your beloved lives on in your memory ensures he will live forever, I’m sure your love for him is an inspiration to lots of folks! You are blessed and I wish continued blessings in your life! Stay young and keep moving! Thanks for stopping by and I appreciate you taking time to share a comment!

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4 Abdul Karim March 26, 2011 at 6:35 am

Great article! i read or heard somewhere about the effects of drinking milk. Actually when I was younger, i had serious stomach aches and could not figure out why. I would drink milk often and eat cereal daily for i was programmed to the slogan “milk does the body good” “milk builds strong bones”.
Well, I think i was blessed to get a different answer from my doctor after my repeated visits. Instead of him writing a prescription and schedule more numerous unneccessary visits, he said cow’s milk does not agree with african-americans. “That’s why your stomach hurts. Reduce your intake or eliminate”is what he said!
Anyway i read about how cheese, milk and products containing milk (yogurt,ice cream,milkshakes,cakes etc etc) causes us, especially young girls, to gain weight, get busty chest and bigger backs at such a young age so fast! Just look at all the little girls eating those products ALL DAY EVERYDAY and see why their thighs get so thick! Again, i read or heard of this a long time ago. Add to that…..lack of exercise to have that balance.

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5 eugene March 26, 2011 at 2:44 pm

True stuff Mr Karim! A lot of what children are fed in schools and sold in the market is detrimental to their health. Often we look at so many potential causes of ailments and neglect the one thing which is at the root of most if not all of them…our nutritional intake. You never see animals in the wild looking for a pharmacy, their bodies, as are ours, are designed to self-heal when they have proper nutrition. We must continue to educate and inspire, first ourselves, and then everyone with whom we come in contact. The responsibility of obese children rests with the parents 100%, children don’t do their own shopping. If we instill the proper habits in them from birth, making wise food choices as they enter adulthood will be all natural, pun intended! Thanks for stopping by! Feel free to tell a friend to tell a friend about http://www.GiveYourselfTheGreenLight.com

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6 Aginah Shaw March 25, 2011 at 11:22 pm

Love this article. I have found that salmon and avocados are great. I used to be one who drank a lot of juice and began to realize that these empty calories were doing me no good. In fact it was adding etra weight. It’s true that when you are truly thirsty nothing can take the place of water. Love the idea of a detox. It makes me think of other types of “detoxing’ we can do too (media, tv, gossip, negativity, etc). Eugene, love the ideas your articles provoke. Love the website. I’m going to keep writing. Thanks for the inspiration.

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7 eugene March 26, 2011 at 5:11 am

Happy Birthday Aginah!! May God bless you with many more successful years!
Salmon is a favorite fish of mine and avocados have been more an acquired taste. As I began eating healthier foods initially some things tasted ‘funny’ and once I adjusted my mind to the thought of eating to live and eating for peak performance it seems my taste palette shifted as well. Now I don’t crave the old stuff, I crave the better stuff! Keep writing, I look forward to reading your material!

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8 DSE March 25, 2011 at 4:07 pm

So so true! I am working on it. Thanks for sharing

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9 eugene March 25, 2011 at 6:29 pm

No problem Dawn! Thanks for stopping by! Give someone else the green light in life by sharing this site!

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10 Allison Walker March 25, 2011 at 11:39 am

I need to read this post every day! When you know better, you should do better! Thank you for taking your time to share this valuable information! I will continue to read and respond to the information!
I am fifty years young and I am really started to learn about the stuff that is essential to my well being! You are never too young to start learning! The pebble has begun to role down the hill.
God bless you Eugene!

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11 eugene March 25, 2011 at 6:28 pm

It’s never too early or too late Ms. Allison to take a step in the right direction! God Bless you and thanks for stopping by!

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