Wise Words of the Day: The Body Doesn’t Lie

“It is a difficult matter to argue with the belly, since it has no ears.” ~Cato


February, 1958, Woman’s Day Magazine, Diet Delight Advertisement; Image courtesy of Lobstar28 on Flickr.com

No matter how many times we tell each other “the calories don’t count when you are at a baby shower,” the fact of the matter is that we can’t negotiate with our bodies.  Our minds may be telling us that we want that super-deluxe bacon cheeseburger with the chili fries on the side but our bodies really want good, wholesome food.

I’ve always been allergic to raw tomatoes.  But cooked tomato products are starting to give me problems, too.  My body simply rejects it and tells me so by causing me to break into a rash and giving me a mildly upset stomach.  As a result, I’m avoiding anything remotely tomato-y.

I’ve also noticed that I feel better when I avoid starchy foods.  Now this is a Really Big Deal because popcorn and mashed potatoes are two of my all-time favorite foods (not mixed together, though).  I don’t feel so swollen and puffy and my sinuses aren’t getting infected what seems like every other day.

If I give in to my craving for popcorn, I end up with a sour stomach.  In essence, my body is telling me which foods are “poisoning” me and which foods aren’t.

Even if the calories don’t count, my body is still going to let me know if what I’m eating is life-giving or life-depleting.  I’m choosing life-giving.



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Dr. Julie-Ann

I'm Dr. Julie-Ann, living life in its Technicolor finest by channeling my Grandma, Donna Reed, and June Cleaver with a bit of Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly glamour thrown in for good measure, too. I work outside of the home full-time as a university administrator but I nourish my soul and find my greatest happiness by trying to be the "perfect" 1950s homemaker.

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    You aren’t alone in your plight(s). I gave up popcorn, too. I now eat for regularity (probably TMI, sorry). That gives me plenty of good food and yes, I feel better. My children, in their 30s, have realized they must pay attention to diet, and I wonder if we don’t have to make adjustments from time to time as we grow older.
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    I’m with you on the starches. My favorites are pasta and fresh bread. And macaroni and cheese! Yum. Still, I feel tons better when I avoid them. I like vegetables, but will I ever prefer them to starches? I sure hope so.

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    Virginia says

    I’m also trying eat more veggies. My lunch today was roasted broccoli, cauliflower, and zucchini drizzled with olive oil. It was so tasty.