Healthy Eating Habits

13 Apr

By: Jessica Bright & Dr. Celeste Philip

Edited by: Talise Jager-Sumner

As a chef and cooking instructor I have a front row view of how many people feed themselves and prepare their food. It is very interesting to see the many different philosophies that are practiced but quite often, the most common theory I see (particularly in younger diners) is that what you eat and how it is prepared really doesn’t matter very much, as long as it tastes good.  Without any evident health concerns a frightening majority of our population thinks that they can eat what they want whenever and however they want it.  “If it isn’t broken, don’t fix it” tends to be the theory many people practice when they make decisions regarding their personal eating habits.

In addition to being a chef I am also a mother. I want my children to not only feel good and look healthy; I also want their brains functioning at their maximum ability as they go to school and complete their tasks.  What if little decisions like what you drank with breakfast (or even if you had breakfast) could totally change how your brain worked for the first three hours of school each morning?  Would you think a little more seriously about whether you opened a can of your favorite cola or poured a glass of water?  You know how sleepy and tired you get in that class after lunch each afternoon… there is actually a reason.  The next time you have that painful urge to close your eyes for just a few minutes (but are caught and embarrassed by your teacher) I bet you will wish you had made a few decisions differently at lunch that day.

Every day of our lives, most of us ride around in a very complex machine with four wheels and a motor. Even though we may not be mechanics we know- you need to put unleaded gas in the fuel tank, oil in the oil tank, and air in the tires.  If you decide you are in a hurry and don’t have time to stop at a gas station you cannot casually decide to just substitute water or some other liquid for the gas.  Your car is going to protest, you can ruin the engine.  In addition to the fact that you need fuel, the actual quality of the fuel also matters.  Most people who have been driving for a while have a story about the time they ended up with “bad gas” and had to deal with engine trouble.  I once accidentally pumped regular gas into a diesel engine… it was “good” gas, but that engine needed diesel and would not even START.

If you have your own car, or a dreaming of soon owing one I’m willing to bet that you are convicted to take very good care of it. Cars are EXPENSIVE and important.  Not having one available can mean that you cannot go where you want to go, hang out with your friends, get to work (to pay for that car), and maintain your busy schedule.  Owning a car is a huge investment in a thing that requires care, specific input, and upkeep.  You want your vehicle to last as many years as possible.  Especially since there are so many little things that can go wrong, so many functions that are necessary like spinning wheels, cool air conditioning,  tunes on the radio, and functioning breaks (just to name a few).

Even if you don’t have a vehicle; you do have a means of transport that requires regular fueling. And unlike with an automobile… you aren’t going to be able to trade this one it in or sell it if things start to decline, you simply cannot buy another.  If you think the engine under a hood is complicated you should just see all of the things that this system can do.   It grows, thinks, maintains a constant temperature, gets you around, and does a few million other things every day of your life.  Shouldn’t you take a moment to think about what sort of fuel you are putting in your body and what it is going to do for your performance, today and for the rest of your life?

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