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The One Car Theory in Health

I am married to the most amazing man.  I mean, like seriously, he is my rock and without him I would have probably derailed long ago.  The things that pop into his head are crazy, and amazing.


The other night we were having dinner and he said to our boys, “what would happen if you only got one car in your entire lifetime?  The car you buy today is the only car you could ever, or would ever have.  What would you do with it?  How would you treat it?” 


We have 5 boys, 2 are grown and the youngest 3 who still live with us are 9, 6 and 4.  All 3 of them stopped eating and started to think about it.  As did I.  Matt is in the auto industry so his analogy was a perfect demonstration of something that anyone, even our 3 young children could understand.  I told him I was going to steal it.


Are you going to wash the car, have routine maintenance performed, let the air in the tires get low, spill food all over in it or let it run out of gas?  No, probably not.  Why is that?  Most likely because that vehicle was expensive and you are going to end up paying for it over time.  Without that vehicle, it is hard to get to your job, bring your kids to school, go to the grocery store and take care of other basic needs. Right!?


Now, think about your body.  How are you going to, or do you treat your body?  It’s like the car theory discussed above, it will be the ONLY one you will ever have.   Food is one of the most important factors when it comes to our physical health, beaten only by air and water.  You can survive for about 4 minutes without air (please do not try this). I am not sure about you but I could go for about one of those 4 minutes.  You cal also survive 4 days without water, and about 40 days without food.  Sleep is also extremely important and often overlooked.