Don’t Be A Statistic

Tracy Gowler

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I love the way the theme of the magazine always relates somehow to health topics so why not take advantage and write a themed health segment.  The reality is that we are currently in a health epidemic that is the result of a lot of things.  It is the consequence of big business, busy lives, and fast food.  Life has changed drastically since I grew up in the ‘60’s.  We aren’t cooking meals at home anymore and for most, when home cooked meals are happening, there is a lot of processed food involved because it makes it faster.  Unfortunately, processed foods are full of sugar, salt, and chemicals.  The low-fat foods that people gravitate to are also loaded up with sugar and salt because removal of the fat doesn’t leave them tasting so fabulous.  Neither are serving you.

I don’t have a lot of space here to get to the nitty gritty of what is happening in the body, and how this way of eating contributes to illness.  You will have to trust me on that one.  What I can do in this space is tell you what you can do to improve the way you live healthy.

Ditch the processed foods.  Ditch the fast foods.  You should be eating fresh, nutrient dense foods.  What does that mean?  To make it easier I can tell you how to shop the grocery store.  The inner isles are full of everything processed and bad for you.  You should avoid them.  Everything good for you is on the outer edges of the grocery store.  The meats, the veggies and fruits.  This is where your meals will come from.  And you might have to step into the isles to get some of the healthy cooking oils but that is about it.

So, what should your plate look like?  Half of your plate should be covered in fresh veggies, mostly leafy green.  A ¼ of your plate should be covered in clean meats, meaning grass fed, antibiotic free.  And the remaining ¼ of your plate should be split between healthy fats and healthy starches.  We do need fat for brain health so avocado, coconut oil, olive oil, etc.  And healthy starches are sweet potatoes, carrots, parsnips, etc.  That’s it.  It isn’t complicated.  It is the way my grandparents used to eat.

I know, how can you do this on a daily basis with your busy lives?  I will talk more on this next time.

Have a wonderful rest of your day.

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