Most of us wouldn’t eat dirt. But most of us eat “food” that is probably worse for us than dirt.
The simple truth is that most people don’t value what they put in their body.
I’ve always had a fascination with ingredients. Where did this come from? What’s it made of? Why am I putting it in my mouth, masticating it and swallowing? What good is it doing for me?
Most people, however, will eat whatever they are fed. (Yes, that’s also a metaphor for information.) Chances are, you are one of those people.
And that’s OK.
I’ll say that again. It’s OK to not care about yourself. But ask yourself the question:
Do I not care about myself, or have I not paid enough attention to myself?
They are quite different concepts. Consider:
I don’t care if my car gets dirty versus I didn’t notice my car was dirty.
These are vastly different issues. In the first case, the smog of Los Angeles is something that I accept. I can’t have a perfectly clean vehicle all the time. I don’t really care if it’s dirty occasionally. In the latter situation, my attention was occupied elsewhere, so much so that I never really noticed my car exterior had been drenched in a pile of atmospheric filth.
That’s most people’s story when it comes to the ingredients they eat: They pop a few meals, try to stay fit, digest, repeat and move on. If there are no major complications, there is not much to waste attention on. In other words, the car is still driving, so they don’t notice the grime. After all, nutrition isn’t a required course in school.
One of the simplest, and best things you can do for yourself is to value what you put in your body. As in, every single thing that goes inside of you. It’s a nice, simple way to take care of yourself and increase your Happiness Levels.
- Read the ingredients on what you eat (The fewer, the better. Google substances you don’t know to see if they are chemicals.)
- Think about why you are eating this food. (Is it nourishing?)
- Research and try to understand how that food reacts inside of you.
- Think about how it makes you feel afterward. (Does it make you happy when you eat it? After you eat it? The next day?)
Educating yourself about nutrition obviously becomes paramount in this process. But that cannot happen until you actually start to care about what you put in your body. It’s your body, and it’s part of you…without it you cannot live. Taking care of it is one of the best, simplest gifts you can give to yourself to ensure longevity and to increase daily happiness.