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If You're Overweight or Unhealthy It's Because You're *NOT* Eating Enough Food

edited October 2012 in New to Raw

Most overweight or unhealthy people think they got that way from eating too much food.

I sure used to think that…

I ate out for lunch and dinner almost every day.

Thai food. Mexican food. Veggie burgers. Fries. Indian food.

More Thai food. Pizza. Potatoes. More Thai food. More fries.

You get the picture.

I wound up weighing close to 200 pounds because I was overeating…that’s undeniable.

But guess what I realized?!

The stuff I was eating wasn’t actually even FOOD.

===== >Food is material used in the body of an organism to sustain growth, repair, and vital processes and to furnish energy.

Most of the stuff I was eating did NOT meet the definition of food above.

Take fries for example. (My old super favorite food.)

1. Are the fries going to sustain growth within my body? In other words, are they going to help create healthy cells, bones, organs and all the other important parts of my body? (Decidedly NOT.)

2. Are the fries going to sustain repair in my body? Are they going to help heal any parts of my delicate pink insides? If any of my organs are out of whack, will the french fries make them better? (For sure NO)

3. Are the fries going to sustain vital functions in my body? Are they going to help me breathe better? Are they going to help my blood flow better? Are they going to help me digest food better? (Ummm. Are you kidding? No.)

4. Are the fries going to furnish my body with energy? Will they give me the strength and endurance I require in order to feel good during my day? (It seemed like they did, but they basically just gave me a spike of energy that I’d soon crash from.)

Run the other types of “foods†I was eating all the time through that criteria and they all fall short for qualifying as FOOD.

Bread, pasta, fried things, oily things, packaged things…none of them serving the purpose that actual food is meant to serve.

=========> Most of the stuff we’ve been taught is food…isn’t actually food.

When I realized that most of the stuff I’d been putting in my mouth was not actually food, it really changed my approach to what I ate.

Most of what I was eating was just STUFF. And because it wasn’t actually food, my body didn’t know what to do with it. So it made me fat, made me tired, made me sick, made me feel low on energy, and it made me crabby and irritable.

As I’ve said before though:

==========> People who want to feel good, don’t eat things that make them feel bad.

Now that I’m committed to feeling good and enjoying my life, I pay attention to what I put in my mouth.

Is it food or not? Is it going to…

* sustain growth (Is it going to help to create new cells?)

* sustain repair (Is it going to heal my body from the inside out?)

* sustain vital functions (Is it going to lead to better breathing, blood circulation, digestion, elimination?)

* provide energy (Is it going to give me consistent energy that helps me feel good?)

=============> If it doesn’t meet the definition for food, I don’t put it in my mouth.

Why? Because I love my body! I love feeling good! And I know I deserve to feel good.

I also know that my body is built to have food…not just *stuff* that I like the flavor of.

When I eat actual food, I feel great.

When I eat non-food, I feel tired, bloated, irritable, and sick.

My body doesn’t know what to do with it, so it stores it around my body and clogs things up. Blech.

So if you’re overweight or unhealthy, start asking yourself:

Is what I’m about to put in my mouth actually food? Or is it just some stuff I like the flavor of – and which most likely is going to hurt my body in some way?

Remember: It’s all about sustaining growth, repair, vital functions and providing energy for the body.

That’s what food does.

Choose to eat food.

Choose to eat things that sustain growth, repair, vital functions and furnish energy to your body.

You’ll feel better, your health will improve, and your body will naturally get in alignment with itself.

Natural magic at its finest. xoxo

Are you eating food? Or something else?

Comments

  • I really love this. This is exactly the reason why i am raw. I am trying really hard to remind myself when i have cravings for cooked food. Thank you for sharing this :)

  • Love this! I like to make the distinction between food and nourishing. Sure, there are lots of different edible things out there that I can eat to get enough calories and fuel my body. But are these foods actually nourishing?

    Swayze

    www.fitonraw.com

  • @TwoBitFoodie Yes! I don't even crave those things I used to crave anymore because I don't consider them FOOD. It's a great mindset to have.

    @Swayze Exactly! Just because we CAN eat it, doesn't mean we should or that it's good for our bodies. Nourishment is the primary benefit of eating. We've lost sight of that though. So it's really good when we start remembering it.

    ~Mona

    www.SomeLikeItRaw.com

  • I shudder at some of the things I used to eat now...

  • Haha, me too greenwood! Deviled ham, vienna sausages...yuck! ;)

    Swayze

    www.fitonraw.com

  • what if you eat whole foods, such as quinoa, or cooked beans . plain with fruit, is that still bad food?

  • eating cooked whole foods is much better than eating junk food. it still has some nutritional value

  • Cooked wholefoods in my opinion and in the opinion of many naturapths and the vegan society are not bad. It's how you cook them- boiled to death vegetables, tinned salty peas- no. But steamed potatoes, sweet potatoes, broccoli, cauli, parsnips etc- good for you. Also some organic lentils, beans and rice I think are also good. I have these and have no digestive problems.

    "Haha, me too greenwood! Deviled ham, vienna sausages...yuck! ;)

    Swayze"

    Ewwww...I bet you are glad you gave them up! I haven't eaten meat since 1986. I was shuddering at the thought of soya mince and processed frozen potato products, sugary sweetcorn relish, ready made sauces.

  • @Sweet: Just think about what your reason is for eating those things. If you're trying to get protein, there are many, many ways to get protein that your body and digestive system and everything might enjoy more than cooked beans, ya know?

    As I was writing to someone else on my blog when I posted this article...cooked whole foods might not harm the body, but I'm not interested in just not causing harm to my body. I choose to eat foods that are going to bring with them the PRESENCE of health and good feelings. I find that raw foods do that 100% of the time.

    - Mona

    www.SomeLikeItRaw.com

  • Cooked wholefoods are not bad for the body or digestive system- there is no scientific evidence to prove it. Pulses, organic rice, quinoa, steamed cauli, spuds etc are healthy and nutritious. Some vegetables need gentle cooking as they are inedible raw or difficult to digest. Sticking to 100% raw can be limiting and leaves out some sources of great nutrition such as minerals, such as high calcium from beans.Beans are exceedingly good and full of nutrients and I feel it is good sweet eats them.Whilst raw food is fabulous it is not the only way to good health- the key is to have good nutrition and a varied diet which having some cooked wholefoods allows. There is a big difference between eating Mc Donald's and steamed spuds or broccoli.

  • True!!! the reason why people try to go 100% raw is because they usually ate processed junk like candy,cake, cookies, they think by going 100% raw it will stop them from eating junk . But if your someone that eats only wholefoods and fruit,veggies, that is the best diet you can have. Just because food is dehydrated and raw, doesnt mean its healthy, I feel so much better with cooked organic quinoa then raw dehydrated buckwheat .

  • True!!! the reason why people try to go 100% raw is because they usually ate processed junk like candy,cake, cookies, they think by going 100% raw it will stop them from eating junk . But if your someone that eats only wholefoods and fruit,veggies, that is the best diet you can have. Just because food is dehydrated and raw, doesnt mean its healthy, I feel so much better with cooked organic quinoa then raw dehydrated buckwheat .

  • sorry for the double post;?

  • I agree with Greenwood about lightly cooked whole vegan foods not doing harm; no matter how much life force is in 100% raw foods, if someone can't manage to be stable while eating them, there is no benefit. Also, sadly people can be overweight while eating only healthy, organic, nutrient-packed raw foods as well. It's because their issue isn't purely nutritional.

  • "True!!! the reason why people try to go 100% raw is because they usually ate processed junk like candy,cake, cookies, they think by going 100% raw it will stop them from eating junk . But if your someone that eats only wholefoods and fruit,veggies, that is the best diet you can have. Just because food is dehydrated and raw, doesnt mean its healthy, I feel so much better with cooked organic quinoa then raw dehydrated buckwheat ."

    I haven't a dehydrator and don't see the point of paying £200 for one when I can steam a few spuds or organic brown basmati rice! How do you cook your quinoa? I got it once and it never seemd to cook through properly.I'm only eating wholefoods and never get bloating now which I did when I used to eat processed foods.My portions are big also!

    "I agree with Greenwood about cooked whole vegan foods not doing harm, and actually doing good for many people. No matter how much life force is in 100% raw foods, if someone can't manage to be stable while eating them, there is no benefit. Also, sadly people can be overweight while eating only healthy, organic, nutrient-packed raw foods as well. It's because there issue isn't purely nutritional."

    I'm enjoying my food, satisfied with what I eat ( not hungry all the time), got good digestion so pleased with it! The eczema is less itchy now though still has some parts of the night when it itches like mad. What is good is that although it is still red (but less so) it isn't dry and cracked. I'm getting the bitter herbs and pine bark (naatural antihistimine and antioxidant) on Wed.

    I'm hopeful it will be gone soon.

  • I cook my quinoa plain, I add no salt nothing. Just plain coooked quinoa:) its so tasty and light. I sometimes add raw red bell pepper with parsley and tomatoe. But I usually like it plain:) mmmm. I just had some quinoa and some nectarines..

  • I've come across plenty of raw food junk food too. I'm with ya'll on the dehydrated stuff not necessarily being as life-giving as other foods.

  • Some people turn to eating dehydrated foods for veriety and something heavier and satisfying, but they all know right after eating it its like eating dry cardboard LOL. It makes you feel heavy and theres no water in it, even if you cook wholefoods, theres plenty of water in it so its easily digested. I dont know how people like dehydrated veggies and fruit, its so good water rich.

  • What an excellent post! Reminds me of how I started thinking regarding animal flesh and fluids when I first went vegan. Seems like raw is the next step up. :)

  • Although its a nice view, we can still gain weight eating healthy food its always a case of calories in vs calories expended. If we take in too much were going to put on weight.

    http://www.amlaberry.co.uk

  • I love the idea that French fries aren't "food." Awesome!

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