Eating for Energy

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After a few years of doing our best to eat well and exercise, my husband, Duane, daughter, Miranda and I have just upped the standards by committing to cleanse our bodies and maintain them in a slightly acidic state. But, why would a former ice cream, potato chips, and fast food family who used to think a “home made” meal meant pork chops cooked in a crock pot soaking in cream of mushroom soup, and who has changed their ways to eat “clean” for two years suddenly decide to crank up the volume on their eating plan? Not so sudden.

In 2009, we adopted a 75% overall “clean” eating way of life, went gluten free, dairy free, cane sugar free, and drastically reduced the amount of meat we eat each week.  We are far from perfect and admit that — although our eating is “clean” — we eat significantly fewer vegetables than we “should.”

In 2012, I launched Transfer of Health to continue to study wellness, nutrition, fitness, and overall health, and to share as I learn it.

One thing I learned long ago is that for each study that seems to prove something about health and nutrition, there is usually another scientific “breakthrough” to disprove it. Do you ever feel that way? Then someone told me that the best thing to do when researching and discerning the truth is to use common sense. So that is what I try to do.

Healthy Cells = Healthy Body

Last week we had the opportunity to hear, once again, some ideas that seem to make a lot of sense. The ideas are not revolutionary, and they fit our balanced 75% approach (in fact, even more generous towards splurges). They were ideas that reaffirmed the nutritional path to more energy, a longer shelf life for a good-looking body, drastically reduced illness and pain; basically giving the cells in our bodies the health they need to fight against the toxins and stresses they encounter and still thrive. Our body is made up of cells. Think about it — that’s all our body is made up of = cells.

If you hear that you really could wake up with more energy, not by force or will power, but by desire, just by making and keeping your cells healthy, would that be enough motivation to change your eating habits? As a night owl, I have heard this claim made by countless motivational speakers and sales trainers. I could oversleep the morning of a dream trip to the Caribbean if my husband didn’t drag me out of bed in time —  I don’t buy the idea that “motivation for a great life” will pop me out of bed. I love life, but still have a tough time getting up in the morning. Stressful mornings are even worse, so I am very intrigued by the idea that I’ll be jumping out of bed, without hitting the snooze button, simply because I’m eating for energy.

If you believe, like I do, that nutrition is the key to eliminating disease, and you’re sick of headaches and afraid of cancer, would this capture your interest?

Nobel Prize winner, Dr. Alexis Carrel, gave compelling evidence that cells can live forever when given their basic needs and not poisoned by their own environment, and since our body is nothing but cells, it makes sense that healthy, thriving cells would make up a healthy, thriving body.  We are truly miraculously made!

 

[box border=”full”]If I am fulfilled by life, the food would be only an accessory.[/box]

 

The Four Needs of Cells

As you read this list and compare it to Dr. Carrel’s study, ask yourself, “Does it make sense?” Does your BODY need each of these things? How sick is our BODY if we withhold even one of these necessities? If our body is made up of nothing but cells, does it make sense to give the cells the same consideration we give to our whole body?

  • Oxygen
  • Water
  • Nutrients
  • The Ability to Eliminate its Waste

Duane, Miranda, and I were all on board to take steps to prepare for and live in a way that promotes this kind of health. Then I started to think about the gourmet food I love to cook and eat. I imagined all the time we spend enjoying friends and food.  “Food is entertainment.” Anthony Robbins said something to the effect that if food is life, and you need to eat things that destroy you to have fun, you need a new life. That was astounding! If I am fulfilled by life, the food would be only an accessory. This is a very biblical concept, too.

Don’t get me wrong — I love food, and I expect to enjoy all it’s offerings. We now simply look at those moments of enjoyment as adornments to an already fulfilling life, not the substance.

 

[box border=”full”]If food is life, and you need to eat things that destroy you to have fun, you need a new life.[/box]

 

The Eating for Energy Plan

We are 5 days into our cleanse. Starting with this post, I will blog recipes, methods, suggestions, and our overall experience as we continue. Here are the two basic steps:

Step 1: Cleanse

Step 2: Nurture our cells while enjoying life.

In the posts that follow, I’ll give exact details about how we do the cleanse, what our eating plan looks like, and other things we do to rock the mindset that keeps us on track.

Your comments are so encouraging, and questions inspiring, so please don’t wait for someone else to say it or ask it – please take just a minute to comment for yourself. I really appreciate it!

Take care,

~ Tiffany

 

[iconbox title=”How to Cleanse” icon=”Speech_Bubbles.png”]Click here to read about our cleanse on the VIP Food Group (a project by Transfer of Health).[/iconbox]

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