Eat Yourself Younger- Introduction
Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin wrote: ‘Tell me what you eat and I will tell you what you are’.
From your brain to your skin and bones, what you eat makes a huge difference in how you age and how you feel. Which is why food has fast become the focus point in everyday life when it comes to health and how food can have a healing influence, or be the cause of disease.
Watching what people order at a restaurant or what they dish up at the buffet table or as I like to call it, “the South African Epidemic”, is one of my favourite pass times. Seeing mounds of potatoes dripping in sugar-laden sauce followed by stacks of sugary treats to finish it off are the norm in these environments.
Every mouthful causing untold damage to your system whilst we proudly sit back and loosen our belts to let out that satisfied sigh after winning the carb fest. Most of us, myself included, have been conditioned from a young age to eat incorrectly. This is no fault of our parents or caretakers. They didn’t know any better as they were conditioned the same way by their parents, caretakers and society in general.
Where did this education come from? What drives the fads in society? What drives us? Simple - the bottom line. Food and pharmaceutical giants have dictated for years what’s in and what’s not. High carb, low carb, high fat, low fat, fat free, diet this and diet that. We’ve been brainwashed into fat little lambs to the slaughter. All this to increase the bottom-line and in turn, our waistline.
We get barraged by publications depicting airbrushed models with accompanying messages of how to achieve beauty and have these desirable figures and godlike physiques. This has led to us having to deal with so many extremes surrounding food from cravings, dieting, stuffing, fasting, gorging, starving, binging and purging.
We evaluate ourselves and base our feelings about ourselves on whether we control food or feel controlled by our food cravings. Do we eat to live, live to eat, or eat as a way of coping with life?
It’s not what’s missing; it’s what we have forgotten. If we look at the studies that have taken the functional foods and ingredients that were used by our ancestors, the results are astounding. The addition of functional foods such as omeg-3 fatty acids, probiotics, polyphenols, fibre and plant sterols are bioactive compounds, which may help to prevent and reduce chronic disease.
What do we mean when we say real food? Real food means anything that is natural and unprocessed. Why do we say real food? As soon as anything goes through any kind of “processing”, the original benefits of the food are lost.
One of the most valuable things you can do for yourself is to begin eating natural and unprocessed foods, as the body literally takes food and turns it into cells, blood, organs, and other physical matter. Skin, hair, nails, the heart, the liver...everything is built from the foods we eat. It becomes part of our body, so the more natural the food that is ingested, the healthier the body will be.
To keep up with the demand, most modern day food is riddled with toxins. Produce is injected with hormones, antibiotics and treated with pesticides etc. All of which get stored within the food structure and animal muscle. Once ingested, the body becomes contaminated. As a result, the body distorts information from the world through the senses, becoming slow and sluggish, unable to live fully and actively.
Our relationship to food should be a sacred one, we have to understand that food is there to nourish the body, developing a healthy relationship with food in the mind enables us to make new, informed and improved decisions when it comes to what we eat.
My second piece “Eat yourself younger” focuses on ingesting the right combination of natural vitamins, minerals, anti-oxidants, probiotics, omega-3’s, folic acid and natural immune boosters, which can contribute tremendously in assisting anti-ageing and ageless beauty.
Join me at Urban Bliss Wellness Spa on the 20th August for the Ageless Beauty Event where I will be discussing the importance of nutrition with regard to anti-aging. Also don’t miss out on the newest in skin technology and aesthetic treatments to help us age gracefully and more importantly... slowly.