I think as American's most would say they "live to eat"! I would would have to say that a few years ago I was in that category as well. Now I am not saying that everyday I make only choices that are in the "eat to live" category, but those that are not are very few and far in between.
When I was driving home from the gym the other day I started thinking about this topic. It amazes me how many people are "cardio bunnies" at the gym hoping to drop a few pounds but they are still in the "live to eat" group. Or how about the ones lifting hard tearing down their muscle fibers, but not repairing then with proper food & nutrition. When we exercise we are tearing out bodies down, we need to be repairing it in order to receive the full benefits of our hard work. We wouldn't let our kids get hurt and not nurture and tend to the injury, so why do we do it to our bodies.
I think for many people it is lack of understanding how importance of proper food & nurtition is for our bodies. We live in a society that frowns upon those who "eat to live" because we are different. Eating out, social gatherings, "treats" are all different for us. At first, it was hard for me to be in this new category, but you know what....I am the one who is winning here! I am not only taking care of myself today, but in 5, 10, 15 years my body will still like me for the foods I ate today. Unlike most American's...their bodies turn on them because they have only poured garbage into them. Or just neglected to give proper nutrients when needed most!
My kids, twins that are almost 5 & my son is almost 3, have never been to McDonald's. In fact, I think they have only eaten fast food maybe a handful of times. I am not say this to say we are better parents, but rather I want other parents to be aware of what they are doing to their kids. Would you had them a loaded gun, or let them eat rat poison? I hope not! But when you let them put junk in their bodies you are handing them the gun, sooner or later it will go off!
This is a subject that I am very passionate about! I have found that with my herniated disk, eating properly is making a huge difference in recovery.
My challenge for you is to join me in the "Eat to Live" group! I promise you will feel so much better & have far less medical complications later in life.