I just heard a great talk on Nutritional Oncology (cancer) – Eating for a Better Fit For Your Genes.
The talk started with a showing of two baggies. One baggie held 20 teaspoons of sugar and the other baggie held 50 teaspoons of sugar. Many years ago we consumed 20 teaspoons of sugar in a year’s time. Today the 50 teaspoons of sugar are consumed in a single day. When I heard that my jaw did drop. It was then mentioned that teenagers consume an average of 15 cans of soda in a month’s time. Again my jaw dropped.
There were many typical statistics shown such as Stress topping the list as an environmental stimulus. That disease was related to diet and a list of specifics such as obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, increased blood pressure, stroke, and cancer were just a few that were mentioned.
The discussion continued that we need to go back to basics and eat more organic fruits and veggies alone with whole grains, beans and legumes. A dental study was done showing photos of varied tribes and their teeth. Those that lived the way their ancestors lived had straight strong teeth. Those that lived near a city and adopted western diets showed tooth decay and one generation later included crooked teeth and more tooth decay. It was not until we actually see these studies with photos that we truly understand what we are doing to ourselves and our children and their children.
This was just one aspect of nutrition that we do not think about and is not reported as readily. The Mediterranean diet was talked about. The diet has individuals eating more veggies than fruit along with whole grains. Not bleached flours. If you cannot see the grain then it is not a true whole grain. No saturated fats and no processed foods that most of us live on or should be eaten.
So what is it going to take to get individuals to eat healthier? What will it take to get you to eat healthier?
Ellen is a certified Fitness Practitioner and Personal Trainer and has been teaching obtainable lifestyle changes for over 20 years.
Ellen writes and produces fitness DVD’s of the IsoBreathing program. The DVD’s are now being sold through the IsoBreathing website world wide.
Ellen writes for her monthly newsletter, North shore counseling and wellness and New Orleans Wedding Magazine. She has been awarded Innovator of the Year 2006 by City Business and 2008 Best Of Mandeville in Exercise Programs by USLBA. www.isobreathing.com and she can be reached at Ellen@isobreathing.com