From Chicken Soup for the Soul: Shaping the New You by: Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen and Amy Newmark with foreward by Richard Simmons
Have you ever read a quote or phrase that made such a profound impression on you that it changed your life? That’s what happened to me when I encountered two powerful truths about nutrition and exercise. The impression these words made on me was so strong that I changed my eating habits and my commitment to exercise.
I had always read articles on nutrition and exercise and was educated on how important both are to good health. My problem wasn’t that I lacked information, but that I hadn’t acted upon the information I had. I wasn’t sure how to go from “knowing” to “doing” – that was until I read some powerful words.”
While thumbing through Natural Health magazine, I came upon three simple words…
“Food is medicine.”
This simple phrase resonated so powerfully within me, that it changed how I looked at food. I thought about every morsel I put in my mouth and realized that each bite was medicine that would affect my body for good or for bad. Eating was like taking a dose of medicine. If I wanted good health, then I needed to take the right medicine.
I believed that if I changed only one important aspect of my diet it would support my new philosophy. I stopped eating foods with preservatives. I saw preservatives as bad medicine – chemicals that would ultimately harm my body just like a wrong prescription from the pharmacy. If I couldn’t pronounce an ingredient on a package or didn’t have a clue what it was, I didn’t dare put it in my mouth. All natural foods were good medicine. This results in a diet of fresh meats, fruits and vegetables. When I wasn’t buying produce, I looked for packaged items that boasted of having no preservatives.
Within a month, I saw a dramatic change in my body. My complexion was clear and smooth. I had more energy an I felt good. I even slept better. As an added bonus, I dropped five pounds. I was taking good medicine for my body at every meal and I was experiencing the benefits of good health.