For today's Wellness Wednesday, I want to share a little anecdote to put many people's attitude about health and wellness in perspective. Last week I had a much overdue lunch with a friend of mine. She's a cute, slender woman who works in the health supplement business. She told me that she had a customer comment on her slimness and asked her, "What do you take?" as if she could attribute her healthy weight to some vitamin, herb, or supplement she takes.
Our culture has gotten so accustomed to taking a pill to make everything right that we often don't even think about the role that food plays. Rather, we think of eating as a recreation and nothing else. We need to start recognizing food for what it is: a powerful fuel for our minds and bodies and a major influence on our health, both in the present and the future.
Optimal health - which includes a healthy mind and body - depends in large part on what we put into our bodies. If we want to have clear thinking and the energy to accomplish our goals in life, we must be careful with what we put into our mouths. Over-processed foods that have been stripped of all nutrients do nothing for us. Nor is the fix for our bodies and minds to be found within a pill. It is in consuming vitamin and nutrient rich foods that we give our bodies and minds what they need to function both now and in the future.
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