Saturday, May 31, 2014

What Would Happen....

....If we really got serious about changing our eating habits around here? Not to lose weight, or get into some crazy self-improvement fad, but to really improve the way that our bodies and minds function?
It is an idea that I revisit more often all the time.
Obesity is fast becoming a world-wide epidemic.
Our family isn't dealing with that right now, praise God, but we have so many other reasons for becoming more intentional about the way we eat. So many auto-immune disorders in the family, and so many things that are going on that might not be eradicated by eating better, but might certainly be eased.
I have always felt that it's important to treat our bodies according to the intentions of the Designer. We were made to wander, hunting and gathering is what our ancestors did for thousands of years, as our bodies developed into the form that we have now. Jogging and lifting were things that were done sporadically. Walking and climbing are natural exercise for us.
Foods that one can collect and eat raw were what our predecessors ate most often, for the longest period of our evolution. Meat was hard to come by, and it required skill to kill and dress large animals, so it isn't meant to be a daily thing. Fish, more likely, but still it requires skill and a certain amount of luck. I am thinking about people before there was cultivation and animal husbandry. Eggs could be found, and plants were everywhere. and there was an abundance of these things during the growing season.

Now, I know people didn't live very long, due to many factors, but food and exercise went hand in hand and there was a LOT of the latter and less of the former, which is the reverse of the way we live today. For us, food is too available, too attractive, and too much a part of our social patterns.
It's not that eating paleo was a formula for a long life, at the time, because there were a lot of other things that could kill you, but it was the way our bodies were designed to function best.
Which brings me to the way our family is eating today, and why it is so hard to get out of that rut.
We eat WAY too much fat and sugar.  We eat way too many refined foods. I feed our family meat or chicken on a much too regular basis. It's just the way we have always eaten. I grew up eating healthy, but probably too much.
Our expectations for regular, generous meals are probably way out of line, but that's what we have come to expect, and so anything else seems like a radical move.
So I am pondering, and researching. I will have to broach the subject with the boys, and that's something that might work well over the Summer, when we are all crazy-busy and outside a lot more. More veggies, more fruit, less meat, and more creativity. That's on me.
I just want everyone to think before they eat, and to feel good being active. For a long time.

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