Much is made of the saying ‘You are what you eat’. This seems so intrinsically obvious that few people would argue with its sentiment. After all, how could you expect to look and feel fantastic if all you eat is nutritional garbage?
But what is nutritional garbage?
The difference between good and bad food has become increasingly difficult to distinguish as successive fads seek to re-write the guidelines to healthy eating. Take fry-ups for instance. Once condemned outright, they are now encouraged within the context of a low-carbohydrate diet.
Does this mean the fundamental nature of digestion has changed? Has the ‘Greasy Spoon Fairy’ released us from the clutches of the ‘Soya Bean Monster’? Disappointingly, I think it’s unlikely.
Compiling a list of ‘Universal Toxins’ is not as easy as it may seem. I remember watching a man on television eat an entire bicycle. His stomach acids were so potent they made light work of dissolving metal. If a diet of steel and rubber is not always detrimental, what can be said of less exotic food?
The new language of medicine reflects this lack of certainty. ‘An apple a day’ has been replaced with ‘A diet rich in fish oil may be linked with a decreased risk of colon cancer’.
Given the number of factors involved, it is hard to draw any meaningful conclusions. Perhaps we cannot so readily separate what is being eaten from who is doing the eating?
In recent years there has been an increase in the number of people reportedly suffering from food allergies. Certain items have been identified as ‘common allergens’, including milk, eggs, wheat, and sugar. But weren’t these once considered staple?
I believe the contents of our mind are just as important as the items on our plate. In treating allergies, I do not attempt to change an allergen from toxic to non-toxic. I simply change the sufferer’s sub-conscious perception of it from harmful to harmless.
The first bite is always with the mind.
About the author:Article written by Stephen Hughes
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