I like how the article Exercise: Quality vs. Quantity? "compares the human body to an elite race car. We can take our car for a test drive and test its max capacity, but between test drives it's best that we perform "tune-ups" to check the engine and brakes."
Taking that analogy a step further...beyond exercise...we can't neglect the fuel we are putting into our "elite race car" either. There will be times when we let our real car run a little low on gas or we neglect to change the oil for an extra few weeks beyond the recommended oil change date. However, if we continue to treat our car with neglect and put off maintenance and daily care, it will break and no longer run without major repairs. Some would deem having a broken car as unbearable, the end of the world, a huge problem. Our bodies are again, similar to the car analogy. We can have some unhealthy, nutritionally bankrupt, fatty, salty, sugar-loaded, etc. foods...here and there. However, our daily staples must be foods high in quality protein, low in saturated fats, low in toxins and pesticides, densely balanced and packed with nutrients and minerals to fuel the body...allowing it to work at it's optimal levels.
This can be harder than some think because of the mental impact years of conditioning have had on us. We have been conditioned to clean our plate, to come back for seconds and thirds, not to waste food by not eating it, to eat sugary desserts and drinks, that fast food is fine because we're all busy...who has time to cook healthy foods anyway? and on and on. Those mental toxins are hard to get rid of for some, but not impossible.
Back to the car...if you were given the keys to a shiny new car when you were 16 years old and told this is the only car you are allowed to ever have in your lifetime, how would you treat it? The REALITY...we have been given one body that has all these fantastic, miraculous parts and pieces that work harmoniously together...it's a beautiful thing. We have been put in charge of taking care of it, for as long as it lasts and no one else can do it for us. Since we ARE only given ONE body, wouldn't it make sense to treat it with the utmost respect, to nurture it, to fuel it with nutritionally dense super-foods, to move it in various ways to keep in tuned up, to read, learn, study and feed the brain, heart and soul? It's easy to say, "yes, that's important"...but why do the masses ignore this fact and continue with self-destructive habits?
If you find yourself struggling to get off the crazy-train of food addiction/abuse, body neglect, negative self-talk, destructive habits, etc. or you simply don't know where to start to improve your body, mind and soul...join the movement to reset the clock and start new TODAY. Today is a new beginning for everyone...everyone who chooses. You can do it! You deserve to take care of you and the ONE, most precious gift you've been given.