As I sit here in a turkey/scotch/desert induced euphoria, I begin to think about a quote that I heard many times throughout chiropractic school.
"Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food."
This quote seems pretty self-explanatory right? Eat food that will make you well, instead of sick. We usually know what those foods are, but sometimes our dopamine centers want us to negate those 'wellness' foods in lieu of a piece of cheesecake or a slice of pizza.
I think that this quote is much, much more than simply 'eat healthy food'. Food is powerful juju, you can destroy your health, maintain your health or improve your health dependent on what you eat.
Our society in general needs to educate themselves on how specific foods effect us in a variety of ways. There is definitely a counter-culture movement towards healthy eating, but much of the propaganda or education in this arena is focused on the 'bad' foods, or how the big food conglomerates are making us fatter and sicker. How about we shift our focus to educating ourselves on how foods work, instead of simply eliminating 'gluten' or drinking a 'lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, and cayenne pepper' concoction and saying we are on a cleanse.
We need to begin to understand that certain foods like naturally fermented foods (kimchi, sauerkraut, etc...) can repair our intestinal flora. I mean Jamie Lee Curtis sells the shit out of Activia, but that is just one more processed food in the sea of fake, crap food. Or how about the fact that omega-3 rich foods such as butter from grass-fed cows, or grass-fed beef can actually aid in leveling your good vs. bad cholesterol levels. But why do that when we can take one of a hundred 'cholesterol' medications and keep on eating that canola oil filled faux butter spread. I mean that's just American, right?
Even though a lot of these counter culture movements, such as bio-hacking are not completely science based, I still respect the fact that people are willing to educate themselves on what they put into their body in order to maximize their health, rather than just guess that they are eating healthy and then take care of the so called 'side effects' later.
Today I made my mom proud, I cleaned my plate...a couple of times, but this is not my norm. So, let yourself enjoy some 'crap' every once in a while. It may help adhere to the 80/20 rule of moderation when it comes to eating healthy. When it is all said and done, I would much rather choose feeling vitalized and focused over lethargic and hazy. So on this Thanksgiving have your prescription of pumpkin pie, but tomorrow know that with each bite of whatever you are eating you have the opportunity to either vastly improve or completely destroy your health...choose wisely my friends.
Until next time...
"Attention campers, lunch has been cancelled due to a lack of hustle. Deal with it"
- Tony Perkis
Dr. Beau Beard