The Nutritional Truth Teller: When the Food You Love Makes You Sick

“Our food should be our medicine and our medicine should be our food”

Hippocrates

Let’s face it, carrots will never taste as good as cookies and broccoli pales in comparison to barbecue. But the problem is that so much of food we enjoy eating and tastes so good to us is the main contributing factor to disease, disability and deah.

I haven’t had Burger King in 5 years, yet every time I pass one and I smell those flame broiled burgers or see a commercial with a whopper junior, my mouth starts watering and my taste buds tell me to pull into that drive thru. My intuition kicks in and says, “girl, you know good and well that you will regret it, and your stomach will be wrecked. You know that eating overly processed garbage being passed off as food is not only bad for your physical health but also your mental and emotional wellbeing. You are what you eat. Do you want to be greasy, fake, cheap, fattening, and void of any nutritional value”?After this internal dialogue between my taste buds and guiding intuitive light, I decide to not partake in Burger King. Even after being on my clean eating journey for several years, I am still going back and forth with my taste buds.

The truth is many of the foods we love to eat and simply refuse to give up are making us sick. We try every medicine and therapy; anything except to stop eating the food we intuitively know is no good for us. We listen to the media and our doctors who are entrenched in the US disease care system who assure us that milk, eggs, and meat are completely healthy and part of any normal diet. And that couldn’t be further from the truth, but we accept these lies to justify our poor food choices. At some point, we must decide. Are we going to let our taste buds control us even when the food we love makes us sick? There’s no way around it. There are no short cuts or cheat codes. The only way to avoid chronic disease is to eat a plant- based diet, avoiding overly processed food while healing the underlying thoughts and emotions that lead to emotional overeating. Then we must learn to use food as energy and not an emotional crutch. It is a process that involves hard work and sacrifice. But you must decide that your life and your overall wellbeing means more to you than the taste of food that will eventually make you sick.

Kathleen Richardson is the “Nutritional Truth Teller”, an African Holistic Nutritionist and Nutrition and Wellness Consultant. She is owner of Beauty in a Barbell Nutrition, a company dedicated to optimizing the physical, mental and spiritual health and well- being of the Black community through an Afrikan centered perspective on nutrition and lifestyle.