Who doesn’t like to eat? Even the most devout culinary stoic may agree that putting the fork down at the slightest sign of satiety is a torturous but acquireable habit. Their hands may refuse to release the eating utensil or their eyes may refuse to leave the sight of the food on the plate but they eventually look around consoling themselves that they are not going to look like the other half of the room. On behalf of the other half of the room, yes, we like to eat and eat well.

The food evangelists simultaneously tell us this or that is good or bad depending on the food’s growth or processing practices or food’s innate survival adaptations. Those who know tell us that the more defensive the source of food is, usually the more strength it has to offer. The stronger the defense, the stronger the nutritional value. For example, the more toxic the lectin plant seed covering the more value the protected core has for our bodies. In the animal kingdom, the more vicious the mechanisms it has the more strength it offers to us.

The food gurus build pretty impressive cases for their conclusions because their monetary survival depends on it. Out of their deep need to help us, they’ll end all this confusion and tell us what they eat in their next book. Of course, poor soil has lost its ability to give us the nutrients we need so they offer supplements from their personally supervised factories. They are truly some of our most noble creatures.

Then who are we going to rely on? Certainly not reading labels, the double chinned doctors, sponsored government releases, Wall Street buy-me campaigns, or the podcast circuit? Didn’t Woodstock, meditation, and contemplation teach us that we can only live on the music of the spheres for just so long? We are left out on a cracking limb and asked to make friends with the inevitable fall.

Conundrum after conundrum solution is placed firmly beyond our grip or more appropriately, hovering over our heads. We’re not looking to unnaturally turn back the hands of time. We’re looking to naturally make the most of the time we have. The answer is within the problem and the solution is within our bodies.

Our bodies will tell us what it needs. It does all the time but we need a more concrete assurance than an elusive whim. The mischievous mind is riddled with unreliable illusive whims. Use the concretes of muscle testing. Admittedly, in some circles it has been around for a while. Time tested and honor proved muscle testing can expand horizons. It’s simple. Mind set: Give my body the strength it needs for long life and vitality. Then place the food in our right hand. Spine straight, breathe deeply, and extend both hands parallel to the ground, floor, or horizon.

Try very hard to push down on our left hand. If our left hand falls, our body is telling us that the food we’re holding will not make us strong. This food is making our body weak before it even hits our lips. If our left arm holds fast then it will make us strong. If our left hand falls or slowly drops, don’t buy it. If our left hand holds fast, then it will make us strong. Go to the next decision step, usually budgetary.

In today’s economy, we have the right to spend our hard earned but dwindling money on the things that will give us vitality. Choose a quiet time of day or a non-busy aisle. If people see you flapping in the market they might bring their children close to them as they pass by. Pick a time and shamelessly flap away. Don’t waste your time reading labels because food manufacturers are getting really good at disguising stuff.

Muscle testing is far more effective. For those of us that don’t have the time or the space to grow our own, there are good food sources out there. However, some organic food stores and farmer’s markets frown on muscle testing. Those who know the process also know that a particular food may or may not give us strength during a current cycle.

Cycles aside, still fellow shoppers give a wide berth to a droopy arm product. Caveat. In an enthusiastic frenzy we may muscle test everything in our pantry and very little of what we’ve been buying may make us strong. Don’t worry. It does work. Don’t dismiss it because they can’t all be bad. They can. Transition gradually, an abrupt change is not good for our body either. Eliminate one thing at a time.

Worth the effort – yes, bother. These are the only bodies we’re going to have for our entire lifetime so it’s our responsibility to tend them the best way we can. One of the many side effects of choosing health is empowerment. Look at what we’re facing. We are facing some of the most powerful elements out there.

Even the drug cartels are hijacking avocados because there is more money in food than their more unconventional fare. Really, what are we doing? We are creating a longevity blue zone of one. If we hit toxic food where it hurts the most, right in the corporate earnings, we will eventually get a better quality of food for ourselves and our families. This is a highly resilient and ka-ching-motivated economy.

Food for health is the first step that leads to more physical activity, friendship making and renewal, and communal outreach. Volunteer. There are children and elderly that need a smile, a kind word or a simple solution that we’ve learned along the way. Simply support by listening, sometimes that’s all it takes. It begins with the health that is at your command.

Live Long and Prosper.