Share the Love by Caring For Yourself

Some people resist any suggestion that they should eat better with the response that because their poor food choices hurt no one but themselves, what they eat is no one else’s business.

Of course it doesn’t take much reflection to realize that the damage done by eating poorly is not limited to the person who does it. Often the resulting health care costs are transferred to society at large, and enormous amounts of medical resources are diverted from the care of those who are sick through no fault of their own to the care of those whose debilities and illnesses are in essence voluntary.  Likewise, when a person contributes to the profits of industrial food companies that use slave labor, exploit farmers, abuse animals, or harm the environment, then the person is in a sense endorsing those practices and becomes complicit in their continuation.

But even leaving aside the harm done to society at large, when people ruin their health with poor food choices, they also hurt those who love them.

On Valentine’s Day the Partners for Health and Wholeness Blog published a great post making that point, titled “Share the Love by Caring for Yourself.”

Here’s an excerpt (the whole thing is HERE):

Many of us are not motivated to care for ourselves for our own sake, but might be for the sake of those we love the most. It is important to break down the misconception that taking time and caring for oneself is selfish. Let’s take this February 14 and beyond to prioritize caring for ourselves—in mind, body, and spirit. This might mean re-evaluating your lifestyle: the foods you eat, the time you take for exercise, your stress level and how you manage it, your methods of self-care. The way you show love to your family might be thinking of them when you choose to eat healthy foods and say “no” to those that you know are not contributing to your health.

Well said.

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9 comments on “Share the Love by Caring For Yourself

  1. Sue says:

    As one of those that refused to eat “bunny food”, I can attest to the resistance of changing ones diet. It is not until that moment that one is sick, really and truly SICK from poor diet, that one is open to change. I was at that point a year ago…..lying in bed wondering if I could stand another 10 or 20 years of feeling that lousy. Prescription antacids had no effect anymore.
    I dragged my sorry self to a Naturopath, and one year later feel better than I EVER have. I’ve lost 35 pounds, am on no meds at all, and people that see me now cannot believe the transformation.

    Keep preaching about good diet, but realize that people often don’t hear it until they NEED to hear it.

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    • Bill says:

      Congrats Sue! It’s wonderful that you discovered the healing power of a healthy diet! Good for you for having the discipline to make the change! Sadly, many people never learn what you learned and they spend most of their life sick, unfit, on medications and depriving themselves of the full abundant life they could have–all because of poor food choices.

      It’s true that some won’t realize the importance of good food until they’re already sick, but people like you telling your story and living the reality of good eating do inspire people to change or avoid bad food choices. I like to tell people: think of the people you know who are healthy, happy and fit, then think about their diets. Then think of the people you know who are unhealthy, unhappy and unfit and think about their diets. You simply will not find a person who eats a healthy whole-food diet in the “unhealthy, unhappy, unfit” category.

      And as I’m sure you can now attest, eating good food does not mean having less enjoyable food. Once people discover how delicious real food is, they’ll lose the desire for junk food.

      Thanks for the great encouraging comment!

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  2. nebraskadave says:

    Bill, people don’t realize the effect that food has on health. Amazingly, the human body can deal with a diet that’s deficient in nutrition for a long time before total failure. Our American diet has been deficient for such a long time that folks don’t know what feeling totally healthy is supposed to feel like. They zombie around every day using Starbucks to wake up in the morning and energy drinks during the day to keep going. Doctor’s have given it a label of “Chronic Fatigue Syndrome”. Now I’m not saying that this is not a valid condition but I suspect in many cases it’s just a lack of good nutrition. It seems that exercise is one extreme or the other. After a day of work to come home collapse in the recliner and watch TV would be one extreme or the other is to exercise ever spare moment to train for the marathon. In my opinion, exercise within reason is almost as important as food. I believe our bodies were designed for manual labor and meant to go to bed tired at the end of the day.

    Have a great nutritious food day.

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    • Bill says:

      It’s the combination of unnutritious food and our sedentary lifestyles that are killing us. We definitely need good food AND exercise. But having neither is particularly health-destroying.

      We are the first generation in history that is over-fed and under-nourished. We eat diets that are calorie-rich and nutrient-poor. And we do little to nothing to burn off those calories. It’s no surprise we’re suffering from a health crisis.

      Thanks for the great comment (as usual).

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  3. bobraxton says:

    thanks. Since I grew up in NC (1945 – 1966) this means even more to me.

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  4. EllaDee says:

    No-one is an island. And sometimes although it might seem that there is an only an echo echo when we beat our drums… the message is getting out there one way or another. Has the great Australian-Chinese berry scandal made it to the US news? Now everyone cares about labelling, country of origin and production practices… http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-02-18/govt-demands-reassurances-china-over-berry-shipment-safety/6137840

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    • Bill says:

      I hadn’t heard of it, but it doesn’t surprise me. Your official is right to urge people to buy local. “It’s slightly dearer but it’s safer.” Unfortunately here (and probably in Australia too) price is usually the driving factor for food buyers.

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  5. EllaDee says:

    Price once was the driving factor for me, but while I have the income that affords it, I buy organic, pasture raised etc. It’s time & energy spent drilling for information and sourcing availabity that are the issues for me. I am well on my way to the lay person’s degree in good food & eating. As with the berries, many people assume, even me… It’s one learning experience at a time, and quite often if you don’t ask the right questions… I was across the berries after a recall last year, and other than either fresh from growers markets I now only buy organic frozen from New Zealand, the only kind I can find. But I’ve just been learning about olives -additives and colours…
    It shouldn’t be this hard to look after ourselves vs corporates looking after shareholder profits. Consumer shouldn’t shoulder all the responsibility for good vs poor food choices. The industry needs to start changing from the top down, and not just on a disaster by disaster basis… While some of us can vote with our dollars or lifestyle choices, many can’t.

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