You Are What You Eat

You Are What You Eat

Yeah I know… It is such a cliché. But it is oh so true.

YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT.

Everyday we can make choices about what we eat. And what we eat are the fuel what drives every cell in our bodies. And that means that we literally are what we eat.

Here’s why you are what you eat. Our bodies, as they are today, is the sum of our lives up until now. That scar we have on the arm was caused by something we did. That scar on the knee was the time you fell out of the tree. That weight you gained was caused by something you ate.

When you go to the doctor, they tell you that whatever symptoms you have was caused by lifestyle (example, what you eat, what you drink, what you smoke, what you do.) And then they say: “Here, take this drug.” NO! NO! NO! What about if it was caused by lifestyle, it can be fixed by changing that lifestyle?

That constant headache is caused by stress. Here, take this tablet twice a day. How about trying to find out what is causing the stress and changing that instead? The tablet will help you cope with the symptoms right now, but you also need to find the problem that is actually causing the symptoms, and work on that. If you have symptoms related to stress, work on eliminating whatever is causing that stress. If you have a hangover, why take a tablet for it if it is caused by dehydration? Drink some water!

If we gain weight because of what we eat, then we have to look at what we eat for the solution. The are no miracle weight loss remedies. Like a doctor once said to e years ago: “The only way to lose weight is to look at what goes into your mouth.” And that brings us right back to YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT.

Our bodies main focus is survival. Whatever we do, our bodies will react in a way to ensure that it will survive. And in order to survive we might get a “disease”, which our body’s way of telling us something is wrong.

An example is vomiting. If you start vomiting, your body is trying to get rid of something. Maybe you ate something toxic. Maybe you ate something that is off. That is why people that consume poison always vomit. Their bodies are trying to get rid of something that is making them sick. Same goes for food poisoning. The first symptom is normally tummy ache and vomiting.

A couple of years ago we went away for a long weekend. After a walk on the beach we stopped at a juice shop and ordered fresh veggie juice. Hubby decided he wanted a kale juice, while I ordered a carrot juice. Within an hour hubby was sick. And I mean REALLY sick. He started off with vomiting, and that quickly changed to diarrhea. He spent most of the evening and night in the bathroom. The next day he felt weak and exhausted but at least he wasn’t vomiting any more. But we both realized that he became sick after the kale juice. So what was the problem? I mean, kale juice is healthy right? Maybe the kale wasn’t washed properly and some spider or worm was lurking between the leaves. (Honestly, I don’t think it gets washed at all at the shops.) But whatever it was, his body tried to get rid of it in any way possible.

Needless to say, we are careful about what juice we buy. It is better to make home-made juice, at least you know you washed your veggies.

The point I want to make is that our bodies respond to what we put into our mouths.

Years ago, my brother went from home to university and started living on take-away. He was never a big breakfast-person, so he would skip breakfast. He would have a pizza for lunch and on the way home after class stop for a burger of fried chicken of some other take-away. Within a few weeks he was chronically sick. It was like he had a never-ending flu. After about 3 months I spoke to him about it and told him it is because he is constantly eating take-away. When he lived with mom she always made sure he ate nutritious food. Now he’s only eating take-away and his body is obviously not coping with it. He actually followed my advice (miracles do happen) and started eating more healthy options. He couldn’t believe the difference it made, and with a few weeks most of his symptoms disappeared.

If we have a shortage of calcium, our bodies will use the resources in our bones to keep going, to survive. You might end up getting osteoporosis, because your body didn’t get enough calcium to sustain all its functions.

Our bodies like to operate in a slightly alkaline environment of approximately 7.4 pH. It tries to regulate the pH between 7.35 and 7.45. But the pH of our bodies is influenced by what we eat. When you are on the keto diet, the food you et are mostly acidic-causing food and therefore tend to make our bodies more acidic than alkaline.

It is important that we consume alkaline-forming food to balance out this imbalance. Try adding herbal teas to your diet. Drink peppermint and chamomile tea during the day. Fruit and veggies are all alkaline-forming food, but we are limited on eating those while on a keto lifestyle. Look at what foods are alkaline-forming foods and try to incorporate as many as you can without compromising your keto lifestyle.

Acidosis

Heartburn, indigestion, diarrhea bowel problems, yeast/fungal growth and mineral loss are but a few of the “disease” indicators of an acidic environment.

We don’t drink enough water, and on the keto diet we definitely don’t eat enough high-water-content foods.

If you have any of these symptoms, it is important to tell your doctor that you are on the keto diet. He needs to be aware of the possible triggers for these symptoms in order to treat them. But before you rush to the doctor, try drinking more water, add herbal teas to your daily routine and adjust your diet to incorporate more alkaline-forming foods.

Enjoy healthy alkaline-forming food!