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.

 

Here’s the effortless and natural way of drinking water

Are you struggling with drinking water? We hear about the importance of drinking water all the time. We are told we should drink anywhere between 1.5 and 2 liters, or between 6 and 8 cups of water everyday. We are told of all the benefits of drinking water: clear skin, easy digestion, easy flushing out of toxins, etc.

 

A picture for the effortless and natural way of drinking water

 

I used to struggle with drinking a lot of water. I knew the benefits of doing it, but I just couldn’t bring myself to do it. I’d even convinced myself that I hated water. Can you believe it? Nature’s free and best drink, and I hated it.

So, a few months ago, I decided to give this drinking water thing a try. I found a 2 liter bottle and filled it up, and carried it with me around the house. And surprisingly, I went through those 2 liters everyday. It was a struggle at first, became easier as days went by but remained a bit of a struggle.

And then I realized why I was still struggling when drinking water should’ve felt effortless and natural.

 

Let me share with you my realization.

I was trying too hard. There. That was it. I was trying way too hard to drink water that I struggled and couldn’t get used to the practice. Of course I needed some effort in starting, but I was already on my way, and it should’ve gotten easier, but it hadn’t.

Once I admitted to myself that I was trying too hard, I thought of ways I could make this practice of drinking water effortless and natural. And here’s what I did.

  • I ditched the bottle and started drinking from small cups.
  • I got up from my desk when I was working to go get some water. Sometimes I even went outside the house and drank water there. That gave me a change of scenery and made drinking water more enjoyable and natural for me.
  • I stopped keeping track of how much water I drank. I just told myself to drink a lot of it. But I was no longer hell-bent on consciously measuring it.

 

So, the first day I did the above, I felt myself enjoying drinking water. So I carried on with my new strategy. It’s been a few months now and today I can confidently say that I’m drinking a lot of water and it’s effortless and natural.

 

Could people around you be complicating your efforts to drink water?

I used to watch a lot of fitness videos. It was great at first. I saw people trying to achieve what I wanted to achieve. But the problem came when I let them influence everything I did so much that I was just copying what they did, without regard to whether or not it worked for me.

One day I decided to spread my own wings and fly on my own. I decided that instead of listening to someone else’s body, I was going to listen to my own body. I was armed with a lot of information about health and fitness. Not to say I didn’t think I needed more, of course I did, but I believed the basics I knew would get me where I needed to be: on my way to enjoying a simple healthy lifestyle.

So, I started watching less and less fitness videos until one day I just stopped. Now I had a chance to focus on my body and let it decide what it wanted to do. One thing I learned was that I’d adopted this water bottle technique from these videos. Those people carried huge water bottles everywhere and obsessively tracked their drinking throughout the day.

Well, for me that didn’t work. Drinking water is natural. You are not taught how to do it, you are born with that knowledge. Why should it suddenly become hard?

So, I knew then that though that strategy worked well for the vloggers, for me it was just not working and I needed to find out what worked for me.

 

So, here is what I think you should consider doing

  • If drinking water is a burden then consider ditching the bottle and drinking straight from cups.
  • Make those cups smaller so that you are likely to finish a cup and even go for more water, than not finish the cup and feel bad about it
  • Take every chance you can get to drink water. When you are inside the house and outside.
  • You don’t always need a cup. Make drinking water effortless and natural by playfully drinking from a fountain, or drinking as you water your garden.
  • Remember to incorporate food that contain a lot of water in your diet.

 

The final word

Remember that in our journey of enjoying a simple healthy lifestyle we put strong emphasis on the ‘simple’. We are slowly but surely doing away with the complicated way a lot of people have adopted in favor of a simple way that gets us where we want to go.

If you have that mentality that you can’t drink a lot of water then you need to get rid of it right now. Anybody can drink a lot of water, including you. And if you have that mentality that you hate water, then get rid of that mentality as well. How does that even make sense?

Start drinking a lot of water for your health. Make it effortless and natural and I guarantee you’ll stick with it for the long run.

 

Thank you for reading this post. Water is such an indispensable part of our lives, so of course I’ll be back to write more about it. In the meantime enjoy this post and let us know what you think of it. Is drinking water easy for you or do you also struggle with it? How do you make it effortless and natural? Please tell us in the comments below.

 

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?