The first thing we ask when conducting a program, whether to a group of Fortune 500 executives or to a class of at-risk youth, is, “What are the three most important things in life, in order of importance?” We get some surprising responses from executives. Some get it right, some guess one or two. Others are not thinking in terms of “basic needs.” They might respond with “my family, a good job, my home, etc.” The at-risk kids hit it right on the button – even in order of importance – probably because they have been living in more of a survival mode than most people ever will in their lives. So here it is: The three basic essential elements that your body needs are air, water and food. Imagine how you would feel if your air supply was cut off or if you could not drink water; denying your body nourishing food has the same effect. Eating a plant-based diet is the best way to give your body what it needs to be healthy. We eat foods that contain chemicals, preservatives and caffeine – substances which our bodies can’t use. It takes a lot of energy for your body to break those things down so you can digest them. For example, on Thanksgiving, we eat so much food that we should have a lot of energy, right? But after we eat, instead of playing football, all we can do is watch football on TV. The food we are eating is not giving us what our body needs for energy. So remember, no matter who you are, how much money you make, or what you do, the foundation of life for every person is first and foremost to be grateful for three things: the fresh air you breathe, the water you drink and clean plant-based foods that you eat.
Author: Gloria Athanis, Owner/Partner Healthful Habits/Phyter