I have been pondering a few things lately as far as the food we eat and what it does in our bodes, to our bodies, and for our bodies. See here’s the thing, I had heard last week on Duke and The Doctor, that in the latest statistics, we as a nation are fatter than we were 20 years ago. I think it’s 11 pounds for women and 14 pounds for men. The average weight for a woman is now 156 pounds. I’m sorry, how can that be? We have all this low fat, non fat, sugar free, 100 calorie portion control going on, right? So how can we be fatter? I know there are too many mind tricks being played on the general population, because clothing sizes haven’t changed but the way they are being cut sure is. A size 6 now is what a size 8 or 10 used to be. Smalls fit me the way a medium does. Want proof? Go to a thrift store (especially a vintage one) and try on whatever size you are wearing now of something say 15 years ago and see how it fits. Unless its low rise, skinny jeans, the size isn’t the same.
We are a fatter generation. How did we get this way? We’re drinking diet soda, no fat ice cream and 100 calorie snacks. Well, we are also sitting at our desks, driving to and from work, collapsing on our couches when we get home and ordering takeout. Does that in any shape or form model our activity/intake levels 75 years ago? I understand I opened speaking about the 20 year difference which is incredibly disturbing, but think about how much more disease has grown in the past 75 years and we are supposed to be making advances in medicine.
When are we going to take accountability for ourselves and our choices? Science and medicine have proven to us that low fat/fat free, sugar free, and 100 calorie foods don’t help us. Weston Price has oodles of research on the importance of good fats and their importance not only in bone and teeth health, but also, heart and mental health. Can’t we just look at our sugar logs and blood test results to see that drinking ad eating sugar free foods isn’t helping our health? Our waistlines are growing in spite of consuming these products.
And isn’t it funny how there are these ‘new’ ideas about juicing for heath? On television the other afternoon, in a regular time slot, Montel Williams had a half hour program about his new blender and people who want to change their lives (health, obesity) and this is their last ditch effort. Imagine, improving your health by adding raw fruits and veggies to your everyday routine? Living enzymes to alkalize the body and help it heal.And what else happens? Weight loss, sugar regulation, lower cholesterol and blood pressure, no more arthritis, skin conditions improving, digestive disorders gone.
We know that by eating foods not in the box, bag or can make a difference. Shopping the perimeter of the grocery store makes all the difference in the world. Put lemon and olive oil on your salad instead of dressing from a bottle. Use sea salt instead of table salt, you’ll use less and crave less. Have those 3 pieces of fruit and you won’t crave the sugar. Take your fish oils daily, eat some avocado. Your body won’t crave fat, salt and sugar when you feed your body the nourishment it needs.
We’ll get into GMO’s and organic another time. Right now, i just want to give you some food for thought. For more research, check out my Touchstone link for some cool blogs.