Use food as medicine for your body with these 6 effective tips

Everyday you should use food as medicine for your body because that’s really the true purpose of food.

We enjoy what we eat, so it only makes sense that it should come into our bodies to heal them.

But you can’t begin to use food as medicine for your body if you are not eating the right way. I’m about to explain, so keep reading.

 

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You’ll remember that a simple healthy lifestyle requires a good diet.

But I know a lot of people look at food as the enemy to their well-being. I know because I used to do the same thing.

And that’s a dangerous mentality. How can the one thing you get energy from, become your enemy?

Food can’t possibly be your enemy; you are your own enemy because of your wrong choice of food and how you eat it.

God blessed us with perfectly good food: grains, milk, meat, fruits, vegetables, etc. And all of these are healthy.

We became our own worst enemies when we took all this good food and heavily processed it to make all the junk we eat today.

That junk is poison for our bodies.

The good news is that you can stop all that junk and start eating right and reap the benefits of doing so immediately.

So how do you begin to use food as medicine for your body?

 

  • Tip #1: Eat foods in their natural state

I just talked about this. If you want to use food as medicine for your body then you are going to have to avoid all the processed foods you’ve been eating and eat foods in their natural state.

I’ve completely cleaned up my diet and avoid processed foods. I cook grains just as they are when they are harvested, and most of the foods I eat come from local farmers.

You can’t go wrong if you eat foods in their natural state. So then, do this so you can use food as medicine for your body.

 

  • Tip #2: Pray for everything you eat

Most people probably don’t pray for the foods they eat beyond praying for their provision.

But you can use food as medicine for your body by praying for what you eat.

I didn’t use to pray for food either. But lately, every morning, with regards to food, I’ve been praying like this:

‘Father, thank you for our daily bread, and thank you for all the hands that make that food. May we always know the right foods to reach out for and may we always know when to stop eating. May every bite that we eat come into our bodies to heal and restore them. In Jesus’ name, amen.’

Praying like this has helped me tremendously with binge eating which I used to struggle with.

The word of God assures us that we are free to eat whatever we want as long as we give thanks for it.

1 Timothy 4 v 4: Everything God created is good. And if you give thanks, you may eat anything.

1 Timothy 4 v 5: What God has said and your prayer will make it fit to eat. (CEV)

So, give thanks for everything you eat and you can use food as medicine for your body.

You have trouble praying? Then read this post on 10 easy tips to improve your prayer life.

Also read 6 easy tips to help you understand your bible.

 

  • Tip #3: Eat in moderation

Use food as medicine for your body by eating in moderation. Whatever you’ve just given thanks for should be eaten in the right amounts.

Like I said, now I no longer have a problem with binge eating. Read how to stop binge eating.

Many people see food as the enemy because not only have they heavily processed the good foods God gave us, but they eat them in excess.

The thing about eating foods in their natural state is that you can eat as much as you want without gaining all that excess weight.

So you don’t have to starve yourself if you eat healthy. So then, start eating in moderation so you can begin to use food as medicine for your body.

Eating in moderation is easy. You eat when you are hungry and stop when you feel full. Learn to listen to your body so you can be able to read these signs. I recommend how to listen to your body.

 

  • Tip #4: Drink a lot of water

Water is very important if you want to use food as medicine for your body. Our bodies are mostly made of water, so it makes sense that we need to be drinking lots of it.

Drinking water helps the food you eat by aiding in its digestion and in expelling it out of our bodies.

Drinking water also helps you know when you are truly hungry because it’s easy to confuse thirst with hunger and eat when all your body needs is some water instead.

Water is nature’s best free drink. Use that to your own advantage so you can use food as medicine for your body.

Drinking water doesn’t have to be as burdensome and complicated as some people make it to be. Read my post on here’s the effortless and natural way of drinking water.

 

  • Tip #5: Grow your own food

There’s nothing that beats growing your own food if you want to use food as medicine for your body.

Make a vegetable garden without spending any money is a must read if you are worried about growing your own food on a tight budget.

I’m grateful that I’ve taken the step to grow my own food. A week ago I planted spinach, kale, carrots, beetroots and sweet potatoes in my new garden.

Two days ago I planted tomatoes. Right now I’m preparing pumpkin seeds.

The good news is that I only bought spinach seeds at the beginning of this year. The rest of the vegetable seeds, I got from my neighbors free of charge.

Be responsible for what goes into your body so you can use food as medicine for your body.

 

  • Tip #6: Make your eating natural

I mean don’t put embellishments on it if you want to use food as medicine for your body.

People have complicated healthy eating by making endless rules even they can’t follow.

Stop worrying about calories by reading my post on how to stop obsessing over calories.

Also read here’s why the ‘eating six small meals a day’ plan is not working for you.

Eating was always meant to be natural. Treat it as such so you can use food as medicine for your body.

 

The final word

You can and should use food as medicine for your body. Meditate on this truth and let your subconscious pick on it.

Maybe you’ve messed up your eating with all the rules that people have made with regards to food.

Maybe you’ve been messed up by other people’s diets because you focus too much on what other people are doing. This is why I recommend that you read 10 reasons to stop watching what I eat in a day videos.

If you start trusting your own instinct, you’ll make great improvements in your eating. So, start taking responsibility now so you can use food as medicine for your body.

 

Thank you for reading this post. Do you agree with the tips I have of how to use food as medicine for your body? Then share your thoughts with us, as well as some of your own tips.

Or maybe you don’t agree with my tips. That’s perfectly OK. Let us know where and why you don’t agree and share your tips of how to use food as medicine for your body.

 

How to stop binge eating

As I write this post on binge eating, I’m full beyond explanation, and this happens occasionally.

So it’s after dinner and I have all the classic aftermaths of binge eating.

  • I’m feeling guilty and thinking I should’ve stopped eating after the second helping. Or even the first one. And I tell myself this is the last time I do it.

But so far the guilt hasn’t weaned me off binge eating and at some time in the near future I always find myself back to stuffing my face.

 

  • If it happens on a Saturday, I always comfort myself by saying it’s the weekend and I’m allowed to enjoy myself. So then I always tell myself it’s alright if it happens the next day on Sunday too because I can always start my no binge eating life on Monday.

 

It’s excuse after excuse, and I can’t help it. But I know this habit has to go if I want to enjoy a simple healthy lifestyle .

 

A picture of a man binge eating

 

What is binge eating?

For those of you who love simple, non-scientific definitions like me, binge eating is simply eating more food than you need to a point where you feel uncomfortably full. It’s that uncontrollable moment where you just stuff food into your mouth and you can’t bring yourself to stop no matter what.

But you always feel ashamed and guilty afterwards, and yet you still go back to binge eating. This vicious cycle is one of the biggest diet challenges faced by people trying to accomplish a simple healthy lifestyle.

 

So am I saying that you are not the only one binge eating?

Absolutely. There are more people struggling with binge eating than you realize. Some more than others but it’s an extremely common problem, so please don’t feel alone.

 

So why am I binge eating?

The reasons for binge eating vary from person to person but the most common reasons are:

  • Boredom – You eat because there’s nothing else to do
  • Anxiety – You eat because you’re feeling anxious about something
  • Stress – You eat because you’re feeling stressed

But I’ve realized that for me, it’s also the less common reasons that lead me to overeat.

I could be feeling emotionally alright and still binge eat. There’s that greediness that occasionally takes over me and makes me want to eat more than I can handle, and I can’t explain what triggers it.

Some people say it’s still some underlying emotional issue that might not be obvious to me at the time.

It’s during such times that I find myself eating the kind of foods I don’t normally eat, food that I dislike even.

I’m not a fan of candy, and I’ve especially hated chocolate since I was a kid. But during a binge eating episode, I could find myself easily devouring a chocolate cake.

 

A picture of a person binge eating chocolate

 

So you must be wondering why I have a ‘how to stop binge eating’ post when I’m struggling with it myself.

The truth is, I used to binge eat more than I do now. In fact, I feel like I’m at a point where I can triumphantly say I’m on my way to conquering it. Believe me, I didn’t always feel this way.

You might disagree, but I feel like my victory after all those past failures more than qualifies me to write this post. I’m just an imperfect human being trying to express what worked for me to a world of other imperfect human beings.

So I just want to share with you the tips I implemented to reduce this habit.

 

So what did I do?

  • First I acknowledged that binge eating was a problem I had. I just called it that: a problem I had. I didn’t call it my problem because I hate taking ownership of bad things. It wasn’t mine, it was just something I hadn’t yet learned to control.

 

  • And that’s another thing people overlook. And this is very important. Don’t take ownership of binge eating. Don’t claim it as yours. It’s not yours. Realize it’s just a bad habit you picked up somewhere that you’ll soon be rid of. If you make it your own you won’t be able to get rid of it.

 

  • I determined what food meant to me. Before I got to where I am now, I prioritized food over everything else in my life. I lived to eat. But once I realized food was only meant to give me energy so I could carry out God’s work, food became something I ate to live, not the other way round. That really turned things around for me.

 

  • I reminded myself to stop eating once I felt full. I actually had to consciously track my food intake until I reached a point where I felt comfortably full.

I didn’t wait until I was too hungry. I ate just when I started feeling hungry. That way it was less difficult for me to stop when I was full.

 

  • I learned to eat and drink in one sitting. That way I didn’t overindulge.

 

  • I learned to eat more fruits and vegetables. Over consuming fruits and vegetables is still binge eating. But it’s funny how the brain will make you feel less guilty about overindulging on healthy food than you do on unhealthy food. But make no mistake, it’s still binge eating.

But going from binge eating unhealthy food to healthy food helped me tremendously. Eventually I graduated from binge eating fruits and veggies to just not overindulging at all. It was a process I had to be patient with.

 

Fruit to help you stop binge eating

 

  • Which brings me to patience. You have to be patient with yourself and realize this is not something you can accomplish in one day. It’s a process you have to respect. Patience is a virtue you have to learn to employ in life, not just with healthy eating.

 

You can employ these tips to help you on your journey of stopping binge eating so you can enjoy a simple healthy lifestyle. Obviously these are not all the tips you can use, so do share with us your own tips.

 

The final word

There’s no reason to feel ashamed if you have a problem of binge eating. There are people out there who support you and want to guide you through quitting this habit and I’m one of those people.

 

 

Thank you for reading this post. Please let us know your thoughts on it. Share your struggles with binge eating and how you are trying to overcome it. Your thoughts are very valuable to us.

 

A simple healthy lifestyle requires a good diet

A simple healthy lifestyle is NOT possible without a good diet.

 

You are what you eat sign for a simple healthy lifestyle

 

I’ve delayed bringing up diet in our guide of a simple healthy lifestyle.  And that’s because most people have taken diet and exercise to be the only key elements of a simple healthy lifestyle.

But that’s NOT the case. While diet and exercise are both important, they are not the only elements. We’ve covered other key elements here and here.

More on these elements and others will be covered soon.

But in this post, we’ll look at how diet is a requirement to enjoying a simple healthy lifestyle.

 

What is diet?

I have to be honest with you. I’m not even going to pretend I know more about diet than the fact that it’s the kind of food we eat on a daily basis.

That’s it. That’s all I know.

I have very little understanding of the fad diets that are going on around. I’ll admit though, there was a time I bothered to learn about them, and try them.

But they felt unnatural and complicated, and only gave me short-term results. And I’m all about a simple healthy lifestyle that gives lifelong results.

So I ditched all of these fads and stuck to what I knew, which is:

In order to enjoy a simple healthy lifestyle where diet is concerned, we have to eat clean.

 

And what does eating clean mean?

It means:

  • Ditching processed foods
  • Eating organic foods
  • Eating tons of fresh fruits and vegetables
  • Not overeating
  • Drinking lots of water
  • Cutting back on unhealthy fats, sugar and salt
  • Cutting back on caffeine and alcohol
  • Cultivating a healthy relationship with food. That includes avoiding stress-eating

 

Fresh fruits and vegetables for a simple healthy lifestyle

 

I could list a lot of things. But in a nutshell, eating healthy is all about listening to your body. And to tell the truth, that’s ONLY what you should concern yourself with.

But people have complicated what was supposed to be a simple healthy lifestyle by buying into these fads that only lead to disappointments.

I hope you are sipping some water as you read this. And incorporating it into your meals.

 

Having water with meals for a simple healthy lifestyle

 

So, as soon as I told myself I was going to stick to the basics, I was fine. And I actually accomplished what I was looking for: a simple healthy lifestyle.

But I bet you’ve seen all those people on YouTube who eat tons of fresh fruits and vegetables and all the so-called healthy food. And I bet you thought: I can’t afford that.

You’re right. I’ve seen those videos too. And I have to admit, eating healthy doesn’t seem simple at all.

The gruesome prices of these healthy foods in some stores!

But I’m here to offer you a solution.

Many of these bloggers are promoting some of these stores, so they have to talk about them and convince you to buy from them.

 

So then, is it possible to eat healthy and not have to spend a lot of money?

Absolutely yes! Like I said, don’t worry about money. A simple healthy lifestyle has existed since before people worried about their bank balances.

If you haven’t been eating healthy because you think you don’t have extra money to spend on healthy food, then consider this:

  • Take all that money you’ve been spending on McDonald’s and buy healthy food instead. And chances are, McDonald’s isn’t the only unhealthy food you’ve been spending your money on.
  • So, divert all that money toward clean food, and you’ll start reaping the benefits of a simple healthy lifestyle immediately.
  • Obviously not all your food has been unhealthy. Still, instead of buying lots of rice and meat, buy smaller and put the rest of the money toward fruits and vegetables to help that rice and meat.
  • I’m sure you have a backyard you can grow vegetables in, or a window sill you can put vegetable pots on, so go on and grow your own vegetables.
  • Go to farmers’ markets, buy what is in season.

So, don’t be swayed by the people you see who make enjoying a simple healthy lifestyle complicated. A simple healthy lifestyle was meant to be just that: SIMPLE.

 

Again, ignore whatever and whoever makes you think eating healthy is complicated.

That’s the main reason why I stopped watching ‘What I eat in a day’ videos. I won’t talk much about that here though. I will dedicate an entire post to it soon.

Anyway, I might be stepping on toes when I say this, but I found these videos misleading and quite dangerous for the following reasons:

  • I saw people who promote eating very little. People who promote eating habits that leave you unsatisfied and lethargic. I know because I tried them.
  • Some bloggers even go as far as dreaming about the food they crave. They say they think about food all the time. Which to me isn’t normal.

Is it possible they think about food nonstop because they are starving themselves?

I mean, when did healthy eating become so complicated?

Have some rice, have some bread and all those other carbs people are warning you against. Remember one thing: Moderation is key and they won’t hurt you as long as they are part of a balanced diet.

 

Eating bread and rice for a simple healthy lifestyle

 

It’s that simple.

 

So what am I saying exactly?

Don’t blindly follow the herd. Don’t be the kind of person who becomes gluten intolerant just because Kourtney Kardashian is. Stop depriving yourself and start living.

As long as you ditch unprocessed foods, eat organic,  eat in moderation, including tons of fresh fruits and vegetables in your diet and drinking a lot of water, then your diet is on the right track.

And remember, while diet is very important, it’s only part of a simple healthy lifestyle. So don’t nurture it and ignore the other key elements.

 

Thank you for reading this post. I have a lot more to say about diet, so keep checking this blog. Now is the time for you to share your valuable thoughts with us. What does diet mean to you and how do you incorporate it into your journey of a simple healthy lifestyle?