Nutrition is always a topic people seem to talk about, but it never gets brought to major importance unless you live in the realm of personal trainer, health coach, nutritionist, or any job similar to that, and if not, people seem to shrug it off as if it's no big deal. Now more than ever does it need to be placed on high importance for the world but especially this country, the United States. We have a big problem here, we have an ever growing epidemic and as of today we have thrown a pandemic on top of that and we have a recipe for disaster. The U.S. is getting hit hard by the Covid19 virus due to the fact that there are a whole bunch of people who have underlying health conditions, a major one being diabetes or pre-diabetes and systemic inflammation that leads to a tougher fight against any illness. 42% of the population in the US is overweight, that is an ever growing statistic (pun intended) and in the next 5 years we will be at 50% of people being overweight and considered unhealthy.
Now this isn’t about the virus, just know that if you are overweight and are possibly leading a life towards pre-diabetes and diabetes you are more likely to get hit hard by it. Tough fact of life but it's true and few people are coming out and saying it. It's time that we look at health and nutrition seriously if we want people to survive and beat this thing.
Nutrition plays a huge role in this because for years we have been told what is “healthy” for us to eat and what is a complete nutritious breakfast, but here’s another hard pill to swallow, they are mostly lies, the food industry is corrupt at the highest level, millions of dollars are lobbied to make sure products are pushed and sold, and to be told what is healthy or not healthy and what is ok and not. Very few people have any insight of what actually is healthy and what is not. And shame on this government and companies for manipulating people and causing disease and illness, but this isn’t about the government, we will never be able to change how they operate on this level. The power comes from gaining knowledge and making sure others are equipped with this information so they can choose the healthy options and disease free life. "Give a man a fish, feed him for a day", teach a man how to steer clear of toxins, and unnatural chemicals that find their way into our food, feed him for a lifetime. Let's take fish for example, there's more then just mercury to worry about. Nowadays there are high levels of plastic in our wild-caught fish and high level of industrial chemicals such as terephthalic acid (TPA) and polyvinyl chloride (PVC) in our wild-caught fish. So where do we turn?
Before we go down that rabbit hole let's start with the body. What you put into your body affects how your body functions and how it is going to use the nutrients. Our bodies are built for survival and one thing it knows is how to adapt depending on the situations it's put in. Nowadays it is adapting to a hypercaloric diet, a diet filled with sugars, high fructose corn syrup, omega 6 fatty acids, crap and garbage and what the human body is doing, its gaining weight because that's what it knows. Excess calories must be stored for later on in case of famine and starvation. Except we don’t put ourselves through that anymore we have abundance of food wherever we go. That is leading to us being an unhealthy population and susceptible to more illness and diseases. Another point here is glyphosate being an anti-biotic and being sprayed on everything we eat and found in even our children's cereals. We'll get to this more in another blog post.
Our bodies are machines made up of many systems, and to keep going we need fuel and that's all food is to our body, energy to keep us going. Most food is broken down and utilized for energy if not (ie. minerals, and vitamins) they are used in the metabolic process. With the majority of people putting processed junk into their systems to try and function is not optimal, through processed food we are putting more stress on the system to be able to handle the man made or lab created foods. The body breaks them down differently or it functions a different way and mainly leads to inflammation in the system and high levels of dysfunction over periods of time cause metabolic disease along with others.
People often ask what the best diet is, or the healthiest and to be honest there are a lot of dietary strategies that are efficient and sustain a healthy life. But you do not have to start some crazy diet, the base of all healthy diets is eat vegetables, some fruits and good quality protein. Looking at the blue zones, (areas where there are a majority of members of the community living to 100) they're typically eating more of a Mediterranean type of diet and animal protein 4-5x a month. So the majority of what they eat are vegetables, fruits in season, grains in small quantities, dairy in small quantities and protein periodically. But NOTHING processed, at least consistently and these areas typically have a more traditional approach to food production that isn't circumvented around chemicals to maximize yield.
Making a total change overnight is hard, so lets start simple, eat nothing that comes in a wrapper or has more than 5 ingredients on the label, and limit intake of sugary drinks, ditch the sugar and cream in your coffee, juice is just as bad as soda. Some foods that you find enjoyable will be off the list of regularly consumed foods, some food people don't need to eat, pastas, breads as example, these will be eaten very rarely if at all. It is tough for people to learn how to eat again and change their palate, but it has to happen in order for people to lead healthy and quality lives.
So it's time to step it up when it comes to your food choices and intake, take your health seriously and be aware of what processed and junk food actually does to the body. Eat green and protein and own your health. Your body will thank you for it.