This saying was used by my grandmother quite often when I was growing up. What does it mean? It means that one of the main ingredients for good health is good food. Food is not just the matter to stuff your belly with; it is part of your very being. Many patients ask me: what should I eat? The fact is, there isn’t a simple answer to this question. Every person is different and has unique body constitution. A general rule that can apply to anyone is: if it does not rot, eat it not! Consume food that nature has provided for us. Don’t buy cans and boxes. Buy fresh ingredients that our bodies know how to digest and utilize. Start cooking. Now, I know that most people might say: “I don’t have time for cooking!” The fact is that an average American spends almost 3 hours per day watching TV. If we make priorities in our lives, we can find time for things that nourish us and don’t take energy away from us. If you don’t know how to cook, take a basic class. Buy a cook book. Watch cooking channels. It is really not that hard. Don’t get disappointed too soon. It is worth experimenting. In my opinion, cooking is the ultimate form of art. It employs all your senses. It makes you think creatively. And the best part of it, you get to consume what you have created! Cooking for others is a way to connect with our fellow humans and share the joy of living. If you live alone, you can invite your friends and have a cooking party. Try foods that you have never tried before. Our bodies like variety of nutrients.
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