I was glancing through my long list of unread posts in my Bloglovin' feed the other day and stumbled upon one where a sentence caught my eye. The writer had implied that happiness came from food. Hmmm. I have to completely disagree. I could go on and on about where happiness DOES come from. And maybe I will in another post. But that's not the part of the point I wish to 'argue' today. I don't believe happiness comes from food....but health does.
Some of you may be wondering what happened to all my posts on food, recipes, etc. lately. Don't worry. I still eat daily. 😉
I also still eat healthy food...mostly paleo.
I just haven't posted much about it lately because, well--- one can only write about so many things and with November being picture book month and PiBoIdMo, my posts did weigh heavy with writing and reading.
Now on with food.
Health comes from food. No Doubt.
What you consume on a daily basis absolutely does have a PROFOUND effect on your health. All of the vegetables, healthy proteins, and healthy fats that you consume absolutely have a positive effect on your body and health - maintaining healthy body function and prevention of disease. Adversely, all the artificial ingredients, excessive amounts of grains, GMOs, and other toxic ingredients in foods, etc. that are ingested can absolutely have a detrimental effect on our overall health.
While I always knew this, it wasn't until about 9 years ago that I came to realize that what I thought was healthy food, really wasn't. I started writing about this aspect of our lives in a post titled Our Food Story back in October of 2013, but haven't followed up a lot with it - other than a few posts on MSG, artificial colors and our paleo adventures with the Whole 30. What it all comes down to is, while food is certainly not my religion, over the years I have slowly realized that what the FDA tells us, what the food pyramid tells us, what school books tell us and what's provided in school lunches and hospital cafeterias across this great nation IS NOT HEALTHY FOOD.
I'm not going to make this a long post about what you should eat. I'm not going to make this a post about how we can solve disease, even mental health issues with REAL FOOD. I'm not going to go into details on MSG, artificial colors, preservatives, nitrates, and all the other things added into our food supply. Though I certainly could...
What I am going to say is this:
Health DOES come from food. REAL FOOD. Anything else you put into your body - be it artificial ingredients, things people claim is food but isn't, medications containing toxic ingredients, artificial ingredients contained in vaccines, etc. is HIGHLY QUESTIONABLE.
I'm not a medical doctor (see my disclosure page). But I am a mother who has done a LOT of research into the health of herself and her family. What I have discovered is NOT what I learned in school or was brought up to believe to be the way to health. What I have learned is there is more to learn. And it starts with YOU. YOU must do the research. YOU must know what you put into your body, what it contains and what it's doing to YOUR health and the health of YOUR CHILDREN.
And please, DON'T ASSUME that what is reported on the front of a cereal box, the ad in a magazine, or even the evening news is accurate. Do the research, but keep in mind who is providing the information. Are they making money by keeping you in the dark and providing you with twisted information (i.e. the drug industry and the sugar industry?)? Then is this really where you should be getting your information from?
Take the time to investigate. Take the time to find quality food sources. Take the time to prepare your own food within your own home on your stove top. Your health depends on what you are consuming on a daily basis and what you are allowing your body to be exposed to.
So what's really the point(s) of my post? Let me sum it all up:
Happiness Does NOT come from food.
Health DOES come from food.
Do the research.
Know what you are putting into your body.
Your health depends on it.
And while true happiness isn't contained in health alone, it certainly does help a lot.