Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Wish I'd Said That,pt.1

"The overcoming of belly hunger is the first step to the overcoming of all hungers and drives," from Be Fit or Be Damned by Percy Cerutty.
The above is a truly insightful comment when you stop and think about it. If you wonder why I say this,I would ask when was the last time you consciously stopped eating for awhile? Abstaining from food,particularly as you get older,is not as easy as it sounds.But, as Cerutty said,if you are able to control what, when and how much you eat, then you are definitely a person who is in control of their body.I mentioned in a prior post that runners and other athletes too often feel that since they train hard they can pretty much eat and drink as much as they please. This is clearly not a good belief to hold.In reality,someone who is training should be even more vigilant about what and how much they eat than the average person. I don't want to sound as if I am encouraging the development of eating disorders but isn't thin better than thick as it pertains to a distance runner? As a sidenote,there are many health experts who suggest that periodically we should fast for a day,taking in only water and/or diluted juices. They add that this is best done when you are not working or engaging in strenuous activities. The rationale for fasting is that it has a cleansing and healing effect on your body.
Are you in control of your body?

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