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Energy & Vitality

By Thelma Ledford

Good Eats LedfordIt is possible to get energy from junk foods, but not health!
You can feel good while you are young, but not be healthy! You can have a full stomach, but be undernourished!
These are the facts that you must know before you can apply wisdom to obtaining optimal health, and a sense of well-being. I do not remember ever being without energy until I had Candida Albicans in l995. I have always been energetic, and when I worked hard I could rest quickly. Have you notice how tired people are these days? They are always talking about being tired?
I joined a church group for a four-day bus trip to North Carolina to visit PTL. Many were younger than me. They would be tired when they got up and tired when they went to bed. The bus would take them back to the motel in the afternoon to rest, but I never did go. I was not going to spend all my time sleeping. I went there to be alone with the Lord and take part in the broadcasts, and do everything.
They knew that I did not return to the motel to rest, but stayed on the grounds the whole day.  At night they would asked me if I was tired. I said “No.” They kept saying, “I’m so tired!” You see, I caught on! They were genuinely tired because of lack of energy, or they had said “I’m tired” so many times they believed their own words. I never said it! I knew better!
I taught children at a local YWCA. The children’s countenance showed the lack of health.   They looked tired! They had dark circles under their eyes, they were restless, and looked sad. There were about fifteen of them eager to participate. My chart showed them three types of foods for their understanding level.
This is a simple activity to test the quality of your food for a day: Make the activity a family or group affair.
Keep a list of everything you eat for the day. Make three columns on a sheet of paper: Terrific Foods! Deceptive Foods! Bad Guys! List the foods each of you ate during the day. Then discuss the results together later. Plan ways to remove and replace foods which add nothing, but cost you money and health.
It is relatively easy to decide which foods to choose. A raw apple is in a natural state, canned apples are not so good, and imitation apple-flavored foods are really bad guys. Fresh vegetables are best, frozen next best, and canned are less desirable. All imitation flavors are bad guys. A raw orange is superior to orange juice; orange drink is the bad guy. In fact, I do not recommend drinking large amounts of fruit juices. Think about it! Compare the sugar in one orange to a cup of juice. In the fresh fruit you get the fiber and all the nutrients unaltered. Do you really believe all the TV ads about juice?  It is time to discover the truth behind the advertising.
Margarine, sad to say is a bad, bad guy! Really bad guy! Here is my recipe for an alternative spread: Into a blender put one cup of “expeller or cold-pressed canola oil” (special kind); and one pound of real butter softened to room temperature. Add slowly until creamy, adjusting the oil as necessary. Pour into small tubs and freeze until ready for use. Use quickly, and return to the frig. It is delicious and spreads better than real butter. Try it! You’ll like it! I had rather eat a real product than an artificial one. Margarine was developed when I was a child during WW II.
We would crush the small, colored bead inside the package to color it. All synthetic! One cannot always avoid it, but I do as much as I can.
Children who are treated with antibiotics at an early age can develop many side effects over a period of time. Chronic ear infections and colds, etc. can indicate a lack of vitamins and minerals and show a need for supplementation. However, most supplements on the market are filled with cold tars and other damaging substances. Synthetics are not recognized as food by the body. The body sees them as foreign invaders. I am with a company that makes an entire line of safe products for the body and home. Their supplements are listed as “food” in the doctor’s PDR. You can’t beat that, can you? Do you need more energy and vitality?
BEGINNING YOUR DAY
The most important meal of the day is breakfast. While we are asleep and totally relaxed, the cells of our organs are hard at work spending energy to build and repair cells and body tissues.
In fact, this work of which we are unaware represents about two-thirds to three-fourths of the total energy we spend in a day. So, where will it get energy if we skip breakfast?
The body’s top priority is to meet the needs of the cells so that we will have energy for the day. Its normal way of doing so is by periodic refueling—that is, by eating. Begin your day with a protein meal—eggs and meat.
“I don’t like breakfast!” “I don’t have time!” “I’m not hungry!” “I want to lose weight!” “I’m not a breakfast person!” Where will you get energy for the day? What happens to the body?  What about your brain? Do you ever have trouble thinking about mid-morning? Do you get shaky, and have to grab a sweet roll, coke, coffee, or a smoke? The brain has run out of energy. Have you ever heard of low blood sugar? Ignoring these warnings for long periods of time will result in serious consequences. Sweets, coffee, cold drinks, and fruits are simple sugars and are digested in about thirty minutes. Then the energy level will drop even lower.
The medical world has told us that our old standby, bacon and eggs, is not a good choice. I disagree! They also told us that whole grains produce high and long-lasting energy.
That may be true, but grains are not complete proteins, and alone are not sufficient to meet the needs of the body. If dairy is added, it is complete protein, but some people cannot use milk. What then? During the course of a whole day, the body must have all the essential amino acids so that it can make the nonessentials. If all the food we eat is used for energy, how can the body build and repair cells? It is a serious problem today. Eat all kinds of food and you can protect yourself. Balance is the key! Be sensible!
Most of us want to do what is right; however, the media has people so confused no one knows what to do. There are so many health care professionals giving us advice, but they don’t even agree. Who do you believe?”
That is what I’ve been doing for almost fifty years. It is not an easy job. I tell people to eat foods as close to nature as possible as I’ve explained before. What I do is try to find a balance. Use a variety of different foods.
Practically all energy comes from the food we eat—half from carbohydrate and half from protein and fat. When someone speaks of carbohydrate, what comes to mind?
People correctly associate the word with sugars and starches, but many do not realize that most fibers are also carbohydrates. Some think of carbohydrates as “fattening” but they aren’t—unless, of course, you eat too much of them. The primary role of carbohydrates in human nutrition is to supply an indispensable commodity—energy. When they yield energy, they spare proteins from being used for energy, and allow proteins do the jobs they are uniquely suited for. Carbohydrates appear in virtually all plant foods and in only one food taken from animals—namely milk. All are composed of simple sugars. Carbohydrates for energy come in the forms of blood glucose—sugar and starch.
Simple sugars burn quickly; complex sugars, or starches, are slow-burning.
You could begin your day with whole grains. These produce high and long-lasting energy. Introduce a different grain each morning: rolled oats (not instant), brown rice, millet, corn, shredded wheat, buckwheat; use them as cereal, whole grain bread, pancakes, or waffles. Top them with fresh fruit in season, raw nuts, granola, raisins and a good protein powder (or use all of them).
Terrific! Substitute a fruit topping such as applesauce, or a small amount or maple syrup—even add cottage cheese, if you tolerate dairy. However, I also eat bacon, eggs, and whole grain bread. I don’t like to say: “I can’t eat that!” I can eat all kinds of foods, but I try to be balanced.
What happens when food is not available to the body? It must find other fuel sources—in its own tissues. [Fasting with lots of water is useful at times to rid the body of toxins; fasting burns the bad stuff first, and the water removes the waste.] If people choose not to eat, we say they are fasting; if they have no choice (as in a famine), we say they are starving. To the body there is no metabolic difference between the two.  When you skip breakfast after an all night fast, the body gets confused as to what you are doing—it is trying to keep you alive. After reading this, I ask you:  “Should you skip breakfast?” It is your choice. Whether you are underweight or overweight there can be a price to pay. We may think that we will burn the excess weight, but this is not always the case. The body may think you are starving and begin to conserve the excess weight instead. Be good to your body!
Take time for breakfast! In my life, I find that a breakfast with eggs and meat keep me stable longer. Usually I add soy protein with any breakfast, or use it as a pick up between meals.
I never leave the house in the morning without eating something. It is not good to add fruit juice to any meal because it dumps too much sugar into the blood stream.
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