Money Over Health, Part 2

OK, so I am going to step up onto the soapbox now and rant about diets. I’ve been on just about every one of them. I’ve read just about every fad book. You’d think I would be an expert by now!  Well, I am an expert of sorts, I suppose. I know a lot about diets and I know what to eat with what, how much to eat, when to eat. I know about the macronutrients (fat, protein, and carbohydrates) and how to combine them. I know it ALL. Or, at least I thought I did. And I know I am not alone. The CDC estimates that over 35% of Americans are obese. That is alarming! More alarming are the statistics about children and adolescents. “Obesity now affects 17% of all children and adolescents in the United States – triple the rate from just one generation ago.

Being overweight or obese may not seem like a huge problem in and of itself, but major health problems seem to accompany the condition – heart disease, cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure, need I go on?  When Americans spend billions of dollars treating diseases each year but disease rates and spending are on the rise, something is drastically wrong here! I don’t think I am a paranoid person, but it seems like someone wants us to be sick. “Healthcare” is, after all, a business. Plus, I learned that the “trusted” FDA gets its food recommendations from the very industries that profit from it – the meat and dairy industries. (Please see The China Study for an eye-opening look into the food industry. Also, check out my links page for more recommendations for great reading and helpful sites)

So, here’s an idea: prevent disease instead of treating it once it’s happened. As Hippocrates (c. 460 BC – c. 370 BC) so astutely said, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” A good way to start is this:

Eat Less C.R.A.P. :

  • Carbonated Sodas
  • Refined Sugars
  • Artificial Sweetenrs
  • Processed Foods

Eat More F.O.O.D. :

  • Fresh, Organic Fruits and Vegetables
  • Organic, Plant-Based Protein
  • Omega 3 Fatty Acids
  • Drink Water

I am in the process of building up my recipe page, but in the mean time, check out my links page for cookbooks that have inspired me.