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It has been said that the body is given as a gift to the mind. As a tool for learning and growth, and as a place for the mind to live to carry out its life on earth. The body’s job is to obey the mind as well as it can. And the body’s first priority is to survive, so that the mind can complete its tasks. Most of us would agree that our bodies do their best to follow the wishes of the mind, whenever it can.

One job of the mind is to take good care of the body – enough rest, enough exercise, healthy foods, and meeting other of the body’s needs for cleanliness, growth, care, safety, fluid, and food.

I have told you all how fascinated I have been by the body’s ability to use food to repair, replace, and maintain body organs and tissues.

Some years ago, I was approached by a young woman who needed to do a science project and wanted my help. We set up a simple nutrition test: there were two healthy normal gerbils; sisters from birth. One gerbil continued to eat the unappetizing gerbil food pellets. The other gerbil was given whatever the vending machine or convenience store featured that day. Candy, cake, cookies, chips, samples of all the manmade and overprocessed foods the girl could find. M&Ms were a favorite; so were Oreos.

Here is a picture of the gerbil that ate the boring food pellets.

Here is a picture of the gerbil that got to eat whatever she wanted.

Her hair is different, her ears are different, and she doesn’t seem to have the same amount of hair as the other gerbil does. She also really doesn’t want to sit on our hands. And she does not run on the treadmill as fast or as often as her sister does.

But look at the gerbils’ fur.

The one on your right is darker and thinner than the one on your left. To the touch, the fur is stiff and hard. Gerbils don’t usually like to be petted, but this one seems to almost be in pain when we try. Her sister’s fur is soft and smooth and easy to pet.

And can you see how much smaller she is than her sister?

These gerbils came from the same mom and were raised together, except for their food the few weeks of the study. At the end of the study, they were taken to their veterinarian and both were fed healthy gerbil food. Our chocolate lover was not very happy with the change at first. After two weeks, though, the vet had to tag them to be sure which was which. And after she had recovered fully, both gerbils were given to a home with children who loved them.

But what does this have to do with you and me?

Our bodies need to be fed nutrient rich food every three to five hours while we are awake. We need enough fluid to wash impurities and leftovers out of the body.

The body has a repair and replacement schedule which it uses to maintain our heart and lungs, liver and pancreas, skin and hair and toenails. It is our responsibility to give the body the foods containing the nutrients it needs so it can do that well. Our health and well-being depend on it.

When we indulge in large amounts of refined and over-processed and man-made foods, we deprive the body of the nutrients it needs to repair, replace, and maintain itself, and we limit how well the body can serve us. Instead, the body is forced to manage large volumes of products it cannot use, and it does the best it can with them.

Estimates vary, but most agree that about 75% of the food in the average grocery store is overprocessed.  So, we need to take real responsibility for what foods we buy and eat.

In the next weeks I want to talk more about label reading and evaluating the nutrients in our foods. It is important to feed your gerbil food that is scientifically formulated to provide the appropriate nutrients. Gerbils are omnivores who enjoy a wide variety of seeds, fruits, vegetables, and insects. Commercial pellet mixes provide your gerbils with the nutrients they need. They are created for good nutrition. I want you to feed yourself as well as you feed your pets, or as well as my friend feeds her gerbils.

Thanks for listening to my rant!

Blessings to you,


6 Responses to The Body Blog

  1. Judi May 17, 2023 at 3:42 pm #

    This is very eye opening. I read all of your blogs. Thnx for sharing them with us. See you tonight.

    • H. Theresa Wright May 18, 2023 at 12:32 am #


  2. Linda Strayer May 17, 2023 at 11:19 pm #

    Loved this blog Theresa. Yes, our bodies thrive on healthy foods and pretty much fall apart on junk. The blog on artificial sweeteners was also great. A lot of really good factual information. Thanks. Linda

    • H. Theresa Wright May 18, 2023 at 12:33 am #

      So glad it was helpful to you!

  3. Barb bandemier May 18, 2023 at 11:29 am #

    Thank you very much for taking the time to share this experiment and the visuals to support these results. I always appreciate you sharing your wisdom and knowledge. Well done.

    Barb B

    • H. Theresa Wright May 18, 2023 at 3:34 pm #

      thank you. So glad to hear from you; hope all is well with you.

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