By: Ted Salonica
I ask you, what is the purpose of eating? Take some time to really think about your answer to this question. Think back to the time in Genesis 1:29 And God said, behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed, to you it shall be for meat. Adam and Eve also had the Tree of Life, Genesis 2:9. Could it be that the fruit trees were plainly just their healthy food and that eating from the Tree of Life gave them all the nutrients and antioxidants that their cells would need to perfectly reproduce forever? They also had a river which was perfect and unpolluted. They also had perfect oxygen rich air with no pollution. Sounds like a perfect paradise to me.
Now back to the question at hand, what is the purpose of eating. What I am hearing is that most people eat solely for the pleasure or the taste of food.
Your tongue has around 8,000 taste buds on it which I thank God for. Imagine if what we ate all tasted the same. Boring right? My point is this, once food leaves our mouth, the rest of our digestive track could care less about how it tasted. The only important ingredient to your body is what nutrition and energy can be produced from what we ate. I told my wife that we need to reprogram our taste buds for healthy foods and she thought that was just a plain silly idea until I explained what I meant. I used to love to drink soft drinks, probably 3 to 4 cans per day. Since I have learned about natural health, I drink 95% filtered water. When I do drink a soft drink, I really don’t like it. I almost gag from it being too sweet. So even though I want to drink it, my taste buds are rejecting it.
We can do this with most any food. Healthy eating really does taste good.
Now to the meat of this article. When we eat out of Want instead of Need, we usually eat mostly what taste good to us. Anyone like sweets or junk food? More importantly, what are we teaching our children? They will usually copy Mom and Dad. Even though most of our food is nutritionally bankrupt, we eat it anyway solely for taste and pleasure.
That’s why most fad diets and gimmicks fail. We just don’t want to quit eating what pleases us.
So what will motivate us to change our destructive eating habits. What changed me?
What changed me into an obsessed good health nut? I only have one answer. Education! The core of changing someone’s “will” is thru learning the truth. Motivation for searching for the truth comes in many forms, mine was a personal illness. Maybe we just have to be so sick and tired of being sick and tired. Maybe watching a parent or loved one or child die too young from a disease. Whatever reason, I praise God that he caught my attention soon enough where there is time for me to change and turn back the clock but most of all to have an opportunity to help others learn about prevention.
Learning about leaky gut, yeast overgrowth (Candida) and parasites caused mostly from over prescribed antibiotics or Impacted rotting feces in our colons that in some cases have been there for years leaching poisons into our body. Disease is not pleasant. Death really does begin in your colon. Learning how the liver which is the chemical plant for the body is failing because of toxins in what we eat, the gall bladder that is being killed by constipation but the very important job it has of secreting bile from the liver to help us process fats. The pancreas which is so confused. Why? Because of an overabundance of sugar in our diet makes our cells resistant to sugar but they keeps demanding the pancreas to produce more insulin. We and our children are quickly becoming insulin resistant Type II Diabetics.
I believe education that teaches how our body and its systems work is a key factor that will motivate people to take action to pursue a more preventative approach. There are several nutritional companies that specialize in this education.
Ask yourself, is it in the best interest of pharmaceutical companies, hospitals and doctors if people become educated about the preventative benefits of nutrition and natural health? Hmmm
Now to answer our question:
I believe the only real purpose of eating is to provide the nutrition that our body needs for maintenance and growth. Period.
Our body and cells need at the least, a constant array of vitamins, minerals, trace minerals, proteins, carbohydrates, EFA’s, fiber, enzymes, and pure water to perform. We can only get these by what we eat or supplement, which leads me to supplements. If we could provide all the nutrients the body needs by supplements, would we need to eat? Hmmm? Just think how much more work we could get done if we didn’t have to take the time to eat. DAH, I’ve just realized why we want to eat.
Today, it is crucial to add supplements to our diet simply because all the nutrients our bodies need daily are just not found in our food sources, regardless of how well you think you eat. When eating, ask yourself – Am I living to eat or am I eating to live.? Does my body really NEED this?
For me, guarding what goes in my mouth has become a way of life. The Bible is an awesome source for information of what foods and herbs we can eat to help our bodies maintain Homeostasis ( stable state of equilibrium). God’s way really is simple to follow and the strength to succeed is found in him also.
May God Bless you in your search for an abundant healthy life.