Food Is More Powerful Than You ThinkBy Carol Alt / Post / July 24, 2017
I get asked a lot about the downsides of being a model. As I’m sure you know, we kind of have to live up to very high expectations. Being skinny was very hard for food lover like me! But for me, the biggest issue is that we were constantly pigeonholed. If you were a model, you are a model for the rest of your life. Even if you want to be a doctor, they will always say you were a model first. That’s like saying because I was a waitress in college before I got a law degree that now I’m a waitress for life. Imagine if we classified everybody by the job they did in high school, or how they worked their way through college?
I’m not sure what is different for models, or why they think models are dumb. So the thought is that if you’re pretty all of a sudden you’re lacking in the brains department? Is life that balanced and fair? If you excel at sports are you predetermined to be ugly? If you are a brilliant lawyer, do you have brains but not looks? Do you have height but no brains? Are we only allowed one gift in life? I always try to break out of that box. When they said models cannot act, of course the first thing I wanted to do was host Good Morning America and act, which of course I did.
However, as you can tell from me flying in the face of all convention with food, I am a rebel at heart. In the late 1990’s when I turned my eye to health, I studied with some of the really great avant-garde thinkers of the time. Yet I’ll always be remembered as still being a model. It’s so evident to me every day because I see people talking about things that I talked about in the 90’s and early 2000’s as if they are new ideas.
When it comes to food and health I’ve already trampled that terrain. For example, this morning on the news they did a segment on how food is medicine. I just think really? You’re just figuring that out now? Anybody who knows me, my books, and my writing knows that I have been talking about this for the last 20 years. I’ve always said food is the most valuable, potent drug you could ever put in your body. Now they’re doing a correlation between gut microbiome and MS.
The microbiome is the set of diverse bacteria that lives mostly in the digestive track and is as unique to us as a fingerprint They’re thinking there’s some connection. I don’t need to think about this. I know this to be a fact. I have been talking about it, on my show, A Healthy You, on Fox News – and in my books.
Why is food so important?
Well, 70 % of your immune system lives in your gut and absolutely has far-reaching implications throughout the body. I have constantly spoken about my belief that the more raw food you eat the more pre-biotics you have. Pre-biotics feed probiotics. The more probiotics/bacteria you have in your gut, the more nutrition you can absorb, and the stronger your immune system can become. It’s simple, really.
Isn’t eating a better diet with less processed foods, less cooked dairy products, or meat worth having a stronger healthier immune system? Just ask anyone who suffering from any disease- what would they give to be healthy? You don’t think that feeding your immune system won’t have effects on the brain? I believe it will have effects not just on the brain, but on the spinal cord, on your lungs, on your stomach, on cancer, on arthritis- on just about everything that happens in the body. Food is something we do every day. It’s a simple low-tech fix that won’t cost you anything extra. All you need is a little bit of education– even just read my blogs!
And I know, I’m just a silly model– but you can believe me when I say one thing. Food is the SINGLE most potent drug you will ever take.
Edited by Jake Layton