Build Yourself Up, Don’t Break Yourself Down
When things get tough I still want to reach for the sugary sweets. Whenever I’m stressed I still want to binge on candy and cookies. But I don’t.
Sugar inhibits our immune system. When we’re already down and out sugar is the last thing we want to put in our bodies.
When I am feeling low and wanting something to eat, I ask myself if the food builds me up or breaks me down. It’s pretty simple and you can ask yourself the same thing.
Will this food build me up or break me down?
It’s easy to think that because a bag of cookies, for instance, makes you happy while you eat them that the nutrients in the cookies will somehow make your body feel better. They won’t. After the joy of eating the cookies is gone you’re left with a belly full of sweets. The problem is that your joy from the eating of the cookies is over and that leaves you searching for more sweets to eat. More on top of more sugary treats and the next thing you know you’re feeling terrible.
A bag of carrots may not provide you with the same emotional feeling as a bag of cookies, but when you’re done you’l have a belly full of food that your body can use.
Food doesn’t just pass through your digestive system and then go away. The food that you eat goes into your bloodstream, into your organs, into your bones, and into your brain. Sugar effects all parts of your body.
Remember that eating is more than just chewing and swallowing. Eating is about making your body into a lean, mean living machine! Put the best fuel in there and you’ll be better equipped to overcome the most stressful situations. Build yourself up, don’t break yourself down. Ask yourself before you eat.