Fuel June

Imagine:  It’s late, you are hungry, and you’re on the road with many more miles to go.  You stop at the first place you see and order whatever strikes your fancy.  As you wait in your car for curbside service, the waiter/waitress appears, asks you to pop the gas tank door, and proceeds to cram your burger into the gas tank.  


What do you think would happen next?  Aside from being terribly annoyed with the attendant, you might find your car has trouble functioning properly.  It may not even work - at all.

Why?

It didn’t receive the proper fuel, of course.  Although, these days we may flinch, but we don’t think twice about filling up at the gas station because gasoline is exactly what our vehicles need, not water, propane or even burgers.  

Why is it then, that most of us don’t put much thought into what we put into our own bodies?  Of course the consequences of our diet does not show itself right away as it would a car; it takes years and years of collective damage to indicate there’s any problem.  Hot dogs, burgers, fries...the American way.
 It’s no coincidence we Americans have one of the highest rates of preventable disease in the world.  These diseases have been shown to directly correspond with our diet - cut out the fats, sugar and excess calories, and we’d drastically reduce our risk of heart attack, stroke, diabetes...just to name a few.  But ask the typical person to give up their favorite treats and you’d have a huge revolt on your hands!  We’re so attached to our food, we’d rather suffer day to day and live in pain or sickness so we don’t have to change anything.


If you break it down to the basics, we need food and water in order to survive.  It’s a no-brainer, right?  So what’s the problem?  We humans need a variety of vitamins and minerals for our bodies to function the way they were meant to.  If we don’t get a good, balanced mix, processes start breaking down; toxins are not removed easily, and the body’s ability to repair cell damage is diminished, paving the way for dangerous changes to take hold.  

Eating better nutritionally doesn’t have to be torturous!  If you think your diet needs some changes, start slowly by taking “baby steps” to make small changes here and there.
 For example, if you don’t eat many fruits or vegetables daily, add in one serving, one week at a time.  Raw vegetables are easy to snack on, like baby carrots, cherry tomatoes, cut up peppers, & celery, etc.  Add some extra greens (Romaine or Arugula) to your sandwich or burger, throw some peas or broccoli into your pasta...there’s a myriad of ways to include the good stuff!


Once small changes are made, they become habit and in no time your diet will have improved by leaps and bounds...and so will your health and physical well-being.  And the best part is, you won’t believe how much better you’ll feel!
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