The thing about Good Nutrition is that it is not as complicated nor as unenjoyable as many tend to believe. Let’s face it; the benefits of maintaining a healthy diet are numerous. Conversely, unhealthy eating habits can lead to a myriad of seemingly innocuous and/or extremely serious health concerns. These are just a few:
- Hay fever — Milk, wheat, chocolate, cola drinks, sulphites are some associated foods
- Poor digestion — It has been said that poor digestions is synonymous with poor nutrition. You may be getting the proper nutrients, but your system is unable to absorb them. There are many contributing factors, but it has been found that processed foods can be the main culprit.
- Skin problems — Of all the news coming from the beauty community, the loudest buzz may be about the power of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients to give skin a more radiant, healthy, and, yes, youthful glow.
- Diabetes — One soda a day, makes you 83% more likely to get diabetes [JAMA]
- Heart disease — Limit salt, alcohol, caffeine, fat… intake.
- Memory loss — Poor nutrition is often thought to cause memory loss. Omega-3 fish oils are crucial for brain function.
- Obesity — is said to be a major problem in the U.S. In 2001 only 12% of the U.S. population was obese. Today, 30% are obese. “Obesity is such that this generation will be the first in the history of the U.S. to live less healthful and shorter lives than their parents.” — New England Journal of Medicine.
- Depression — Is there a nutritional connection to depression? Considering that there is a nutritional connection to nearly every dis-ease in the books, the odds are on: YES… 85% of our serotonin is created in the gut. Serotonin is considered a “brain” chemical. Serotonin, whether created in the gut or in the brain, begins on the end of your fork…
So whether we are feeling less energetic, a little less joyful, concerned about our wrinkled or sagging skin…it would stand to reason that one would want to adhere to healthy eating choices as much as possible. But why don’t we? I suppose that for many the most challenging obstacle getting in the way of eating well is having to give up those decadent goodies that are so emotionally gratifying. My whole philosophy is that if you start a new way of eating by taking away foods that you love, you will always wind up feeling deprived. And who wants to be on a long-life journey of deprivation. That is why I advocate “adding” to your diet rather than “subtracting.” For instance, when was the last time you ate one meal completely comprised of fruits and/or vegetables…no meat…no processed items…no unhealthy dressing…no sugary drink, just water?
Carrots, jicama, radishes, cucumbers, tomatoes, portabella mushrooms, three bean salad, spinach, romaine lettuce, broccoli, cauliflower, walnuts, dried cranberries, salad dressing made from, i.e. avocado…Can you incorporate as part of your weekly regiment one such meal? How long would it take you to incorporate one such meal as part of your daily regiment? When you get there, even if you haven’t given up on some of the bad stuff yet, you are already on your way to a healthier lifestyle.