The Power of Food

Working as a personal trainer since 1998,  I have had that epiphany on what exercise can really do for each of us.  The same can be said about how I see the value of what we eat.  I don’t make the claim to be a dietician so when someone would ask me what they should do as far as nutrition I would reply that they should just take a “good multivitamin”.  At the time I had no idea what it was that food did for us.  Eating was really nothing more than getting calories in to satisfy hunger.  

The phrase “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” has been around for a while but I don’t think anyone knows how powerful those words are.  What I didn’t know when giving that brilliant advise of taking a good multivitamin was how much is in the whole food, such as an apple, that really can keep the doctor away.  I have been involved with  Juice Plus for 10 years and the education on whole foods from them has been tremendous.  Research is our greatest tool and what has been found through research on food, and synthetic vitamins, over the recent years is incredible.  The have found that there are tens of thousands of phytonutrients in food that man simply cannot replicate when making vitamins.  These phytonutrients are vital in the absorption of the whole food.  If those additional nutrients are not there our bodies simply don’t know what to do with that synthetic vitamin C, for example.  

Our bodies are incredible machines that do amazing things.  If you don’t believe me take a course on Anatomy and Physiology and see all the different things our body has to keep in check from fighting cancer cells to healing a simple paper cut.  We take for granted that this machine is functioning properly.  More importantly God made these machines for us and I believe he gave us the fuel needed to ensure that machine functions properly.  That fuel comes in the form of fruits and vegetables, not in the form of a vitamin tablet.  Experiment with what you eat.  Notice how you feel when you consume a high fat meal compared to eating a healthy meal.  We should be energized after eating, not run down and sleepy.  Now don’t get me wrong.  I enjoy a good cookie from time to time and when Thanksgiving comes around there is nothing better than that second… okay third… helping of turkey, dressing and pumpkin pie followed closely by a nap.  What we have to keep in mind is that should not be our daily habit.  

As I said earlier, I am a believer in Juice Plus.  This is not a replacement for a healthy diet, but a way to bridge the gap between what we eat and what we should eat.  17 fruits, vegetables and whole grains every day!  I doubt that anyone comes close to  getting that on a daily basis.   http://www.jeffbettag.com if you want more information and you can certainly contact me.  We are not going to be perfect when it comes to eating but I do feel it is our responsibility to give our body what it needs to work properly.  

Until next time…

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