It has been a long, cold, and very wet winter. For the last few years, winter has been light, and so have been the rains. Here in the Western Cape, South Africa, we had been facing severe water shortages, something unusual for us. But this winter, it has rained, and rained, and rained. We needed it desperately, but I had started longing for some sun.
And this Sunday, we got it. The first taste of Spring. I dusted off my mountain bike and went for a ride. Some things about Cape Town are truly a blessing. This photo is of where I went riding, and it is literally on my doorstep. Just between Table Mountain and Signal Hill.
On the ride, it didn’t take me long to feel before I noticed that the heavy padding from winter was weighing me down. Puffing and panting, I resolved to get really fit again. I reviewed how I had been eating recently, and noted that my discipline had wobbled a bit, and it was time to enforce it again. It is hard to keep the discipline, and what makes it hard is that it is so easy to eat poorly.
And here is the bit that amazes me because it is so nonsensical, yet so prevalent. Most societies eat food that is such crap, all the time. It boggles the mind really. Every single rule of eating is ignored. Lets start at the beginning.
While it is not us, and just a tool for us to use, our bodies are nonetheless a wonderful machine with an intricate and superb design. It requires energy to function, the bulk of it which is obtained from food. It also needs materials to build and rebuild its parts. So we should eat food that is a good source of energy, protein, vitamins and minerals. Food is a good source of energy when it is as raw as possible. So you should eat a lot of fruit and veg, and salad, and grains and nuts. Everything cooked as little as possible, and steer clear of preservatives and colourants and all that other abominable shit that they sneak into your food.
But what do people eat? Overprocessed, dead, fattening, nothing food, that is devoid of all goodness. Your body and mind can get no benefit from it.
And the combinations make it even worse. The cheeseburger with fries and a milkshake is the essential American snack. It is also probably the worst single meal that you can have. Apart from being loaded with calories and fat, it has no real nutrients. It is also heavily processed, at a place like McDonalds there is zero vitality left in the “food”. The cheese and the refined flour of the bun, make it impossible to digest the beef. The fries are full of oil, and the milkshake with the sugar makes the whole mixture impossible to digest, and guaranteed to turn toxic and poison your body until you finally excrete it.
There is no secret to being fit and healthy. Eat healthy, natural food, exercise, live the way your body was designed to, and you will be in good, strong shape. Abuse it, pollute it, and you will look and feel like the mess you have made out of your body. It is a fantastic design, but you have to look after it. How well do you care for your body? When you get older and it gives in on you, are you going to complain, or admit that it was your fault?