Authored by Intern Marshall
Everyone is familiar with the fable of the Three Little Pigs. There are many different versions and interpretations of the fairy tale but they all have the same 2 general underlined messages. The first, hard tedious work and effort tends to pay off. Second, the significance of importance you place on aspects of your life. In the story the first two pigs placed higher value on playing and relaxing rather than taking the time and energy doing what was necessary in order to build a strong house.
I see this in many aspects of our culture today but one in particular that is uncomfortable for most people to talk about…….. Diet. I do not mean diet in the commercial since of weight loss or fad diets to get a “beach body” (FYI beach bodies are made in the winter so if you don’t have one by now it may be too late). No I mean diet in the literal sense meaning the kinds of food that a person, animal, or community habitually eats.
You are what you eat. It’s an old cliche but still one of the most powerful sayings in human history. We have to stop looking at food as simply a substance to satisfy us. Food is the material used to build your body, your soul’s HOUSE.
Imagine that your literal house was torn down and rebuilt during the month of December every single year (I know it’s a ridiculous idea but just go with me). Imagine that each year you replaced 1 brick with a piece of Styrofoam and it wasn’t put in with cement but Elmer’s glue. the first few years there would not really be an issue but 30-35 years down the line portions of your house would be come fairly unstable and susceptible to damage.
I know what you’re thinking, “why on earth would anyone build a house using styrofoam and glue?’ Those obviously are not proper materials to build a house. Well ask yourself, if it is so clear to see that then why is it so hard for us to understand that the Standard American Diet is not proper materials to build your body. Once again, food and drink are the substances used to make every single cell in your body. You are what you eat. If you eat junk, your body will be junk.
If we truly are concerned with our health and wellness we must do our research and do-diligence in the area of diet in order to create that rock solid BRICK HOUSE that can withstand attacks from the Big Bad Wolf (sickness and disease).
It all starts with your mindset and priorities. Is it more important to satisfy your taste buds and your wallet? Or do you put more importance on improving your body’s potential to live and heal so that you may be healthy enough to live your purpose to your maximal potential.
Each time we decide to consume food we are making a decision that will move us towards health and wellness or towards sickness and disease….. CHOOSE WISELY.
Live IN purpose- Marshall Freeman