Diet and Lifestyle

Disclaimer:  I am not a dietician, I am not giving dietary advice.  All I am asking you to do is question whether your diet is contributing to your health or worsening it.  Always talk to your doctor before changing your diet or lifestyle.

Why are we all getting Sick?

Why with all the modern day advances why are we all getting fat and sick?  That is a question we never addressed in pharmacy school.  And, I didn’t realized how bad it was until I got out into the workforce.

Two-thirds of adults are overweight or obese, and type 2 diabetes is becoming an epidemic.  Even young children are being diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes.  Why?

I believe, without a doubt, the modern low-fat diet is the main culprit.  The low fat diet is a failure.  Ever since it has been promoted as a healthy way of eating the population has gotten fatter and sicker.

A low-fat diet ends up being a high carbohydrate diet.  And carbohydrates cause the blood sugar to go up and down.  When the blood sugar is high, the body is storing fat and when it is low you get hungry again.  A never ending rollercoaster, perfect for making your body store fat.

Whole grains don’t help.  Once ground into flour, most grain are just like sugar.  Even Dr Oz was surprised when bread spiked blood sugar higher than a candy bar!  It has been shown that people who eat wheat end up eating 440 more calories because of appetite stimulation.

How do we get our health back?

Eat a whole foods, low inflammation diet. Eliminate as much processed food as possible.  The processed food usually spikes your blood sugar and is often engineered to make you want to eat more.

Plenty of healthy fats, nuts, meats and greens and vegetables.  Fruit is probably best in moderation, as it has been bred to be very sweet.  And, vegetables provide plenty of nutrition without all the sugar.

Take charge of your health.  Break your addiction to sugary and processed foods.  You may just feel better than you every have in your entire life.

Great Books to get you started.

Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight The New Evolution Diet The Primal Blueprint

A Calorie is a Calorie, Right?

That is what I thought, but I was wrong.  Calories from sugar set off my cravings for more foods.  When I eat healthy fats and proteins, I don’t get cravings, my mood is great and I feel great.

Personally, I’ve lost 40 pounds since adopting a whole foods, grain-free diet.  Chronic joint pain that bothered me for almost a decade just disappeared.  Frequent bouts of heartburn, gone.  Mental clarity, sense of wellbeing and overall mood have improved exponentially.

What I eat affects my Mood?

It sure looks like it.  The majority of serotonin is produced in the digestive tract.  Depression is often linked to constipation or other digestive issues.  Many ancient cultures believe health starts with good digestion.

Read more about the possibility of mood and diet being connected.

The Mood Cure: The 4-Step Program to Take Charge of Your Emotions–Today Gut and Psychology Syndrome: Natural Treatment for Autism, Dyspraxia, A.D.D., Dyslexia, A.D.H.D., Depression, Schizophrenia

Great Health starts on your plate?

Don’t take my word for it.  Do your own research and talk to your doctor before changing you diet or lifestyle.

I don’t believe the body is supposed to “fall apart” at a certain age.  I believe many times sickness is just the body telling us we are feeding it poor fuel.

You must take charge of your own health.  The health care system is overloaded.  Educate your self about your medications, find out if improvements could be made in your diet and lifestyle.  Life is meant to be amazing and you deserve great health.

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