The Mental Aspect of Eating

Imagine how horrified a doting mother would be if she realized that the trans fats in those fast food French fries she’s feeding her toddler actually are incorporated into her child's brain cells!

BY: Dr. Marina Johnson

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We have an intimate relationship with food. Foods we eat become the building blocks to replenish our living cells. Visualizing that concept makes you see that eating healthy food is a way of loving and honoring your body. Would you build your dream home with cheap, rotting building materials? Of course not, for your dream home, you would choose strong, sturdy, building materials. Keep that in mind when you’re building your body.

Imagine how horrified a doting mother would be if she realized that the trans fats in those fast food French fries she’s feeding her toddler actually are incorporated into her child's brain cells! Seventy percent of the brain is fat - do you want to build it with foreign, chemically altered and processed fat or do you want to build it with fresh, pure, good fats? Fats are essential to building healthy brain cells. If the only available fat is junk fat, then that gets incorporated into your brain cells! It's no wonder we are having an epidemic of learning disorders, obesity and health problems in our children.

The favorite foods we were given as children by our parents develop our eating patterns. Teaching children healthy eating habits builds strong bodies, and leads to life-long benefits. For people who have never eaten healthy, developing a taste for vegetables or new healthy foods can be challenging. When you eliminate bad foods from your diet, it’s important to NOT look at it as “self-deprivation.” Don’t think “Poor me, I can no longer eat these foods. Instead say to yourself, “Why would I want to put that garbage food into my body? I deserve better than that and I choose to eat the healthiest food to keep my body strong.”

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