I don’t think anyone can argue against the fact that what we eat affects our health, either negatively or positively. It seems obvious we need to rethink our conventional diets. According to an article by Kate Good in 2018, “it is currently estimated that nearly half of deaths from heart disease, diabetes and stroke in the U.S. were tied to diet. On top of that, 69% of adult Americans are overweight and 36% are obese, not to mention about 1 out of 6 children and adolescents are obese. “
According to this author, the average American eats “double the amount of protein they need, two thirds of which comes from animal sources - and the Standard American Diet emphasizes a high intake of meat, dairy, fat and sugar as well as refined, processed and junk foods….so we’re not exactly setting ourselves up for success here.”
With growing information and access to it, coupled with an understanding that we don’t FEEL the way we want to feel, we don’t LOOK the way we want to look, more and more are looking into making “better” choices, even though the opinions on how to achieve it vary.
Continuous new diet fads and trends coming out serve to offer up a platter of conflicting information. We know we are supposed to eat fruits and vegetables, but for convenience sake and availability, the canned, processed choices are little better than the alternative. Worse yet, you can pretty much find studies for both sides saying on either side that these foods can be helpful or harmful to our health. For instance, even the American Heart Association put out an article how Coconut Oil is “bad” for you!(citation) No wonder we have gotten off track, when the “authorities” that we’ve grown accustomed to listening to send confusing messages as well, and to what (or who’s) gain?
When it comes to knowing who or what to listen to, do we trust our doctors, organizations and our government establishments? The suggestion could be backed that when it comes to our own health, learning to listen to our own bodies, re-learning the basic function of food and its purpose in our bodies, being mindful of where food comes from, and then being smart and logical as to whether it should be consumed or not, would take us far on our journey away from stress and confusion towards health and peace.
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Breakfast: Chocolate NutButter Shake
1 scoop chocolate protein powder
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
4 Tbsp nutbutter of choice
1 cup Almond milk
1/2 c. crushed ice
Lunch: Crustless Quiche
4 Eggs, beaten or egg substitute
1/2 c coconut milk
1/2 red onion, 4 stalks chopped asparagus, 1/2 red pepper, 1/2 green pepper (saute al of these in 2 tbsp butter or coconut oil, then add to beaten eggs)
Beat all together, add salt and pepper to flavor.
Pour into a baking dish, bake at 400 about 35 minutes.
Supper: Vegan Squash Jambalaya
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