You are what you eat is the notion that to be fit, healthy and ultimately happy, you need to be eating good, nutritious foods. So why is food so vital to our daily lives, and more specifically, a healthy one?
To put it simply, food is a basic necessity in order to sustain life. Typically, we need to eat 3 meals a day in order to keep our body going and to ensure that we can manage our daily functions. However, the problem that we seem to be facing, more specifically in North America, is a growing trend that people are not “eating food to live,” rather, they seem to be “living to eat food,” and it is here that the problem lays.
To take our rudimentary look at food a little further, food can typically be decided into two categories; vegetarian food and non-vegetarian food. Vegetarian food includes fruits and vegetables, or simply, foods that come from plants and trees. Non-vegetarian food includes meat and meat products. And while this is a simple division, it does little to elaborate on the most vital aspect of food – its nutrition.
Without the nutrition that we receive from food, the simple act of survival becomes next to impossible. However, it is also important to note that not all food is created equal when it comes to nutritional value and many different types of food stuff provide different nutrition.
Carbohydrates, for example, provide instant energy to the body. Fats do something similar, however, they become stored in the body for use at a later date. Minerals are required for proper body function like the transportation of oxygen in the blood, stimulating growth and normalizing the nervous system. Proteins are important components for muscles, skin, and hair and vitamins help ensure overall health. And lastly, but certainly not least, is water, the “elixir of life,” that we simply could not live without. So, knowing as we do that all of these elements of food are vital to us, then why is it that we have seen a growing problem in the overall neglect of our diets? Is this new information? Sadly, the answer is no.
The history of the study of food as medicine and how it impacts our daily lives is one that is thousands of years old. In 400 B.C. the Greek physician Hippocrates, the “Father of Medicine” said, “Let thy food be thy medicine and thy medicine be thy food.” Hippocrates realized that food impacts a person’s health, body and mind to help prevent illness as well as maintain wellness. And from this point so long ago, our understanding of food and its impact on us has only grown.
There seems to be no shortage of blame being passed around, be it as a reason or an excuse for the growing obesity epidemic and overall poor nutritional health. Many think it is advertising that has caused people to choose convenience over health. Others feel the blame should go to the generations past who instilled less than stellar dietary habits in us. Which ever place you feel the blame is due, just remember that you are the front and final line when it comes to what you ingest and put in your body, and there is no time like the present to get on the right track.
However, how would you even know if you are eating the wrong food?
Glad you asked, for we have compiled a list of signs to be on the lookout for that your daily diet might not be up to spec. So with your health in mind, allow us to present 15 signs that you are eating the wrong food.
Food cravings are a double-edged sword in that, while it isn’t ideal to give in and bend to the whim of each and every one of your food cravings, they could be telling you more than you realize.
The basis and driving force of a healthy, balanced diet are that it should provide you with enough of everything that your body needs. However, many people, especially those new to eating healthy can find themselves still battling their cravings, being left with a feeling of hunger. While these cravings should be ignored for the most part, depending on what you are craving could be your bodies way of telling you that you are lacking certain essential vitamins and minerals.