To the above question, the answer is “no”! On this planet we have 8 billion people and there are 8 billion eating styles. Rightly so. Each person is unique with his or her own physiologic needs, plus his or her own food sensitivities and allergies. So, with these blogs, I am just hoping to open your eyes to review your options. I want you to become more aware of alternatives to your current eating style and alternatives for your current life style. The commercials (and their images) don’t portray the best pathway toward enjoying the most of life. The commercials are geared toward making money for someone else. They are not aimed at your health and well-being.
Hopefully, my approach is different. There is no financial payoff from these blogs. There is no payoff from my teleseminars. My goal is simply to educate. For me, that means expanding your knowledge base and broadening your choices. By this point, you may feel overwhelmed by the overload of information through my 80+ blogs. So, let us hit the pause button. Let’s pause and look at just some basic, fundamental truths. What is the first truth? That the food, which was good for you at age 20, is not good for you at age 50 or 60. That you need to make some changes to your eating style. What is the second truth? I can offer some suggestions, but you can only determine your best eating style.
How do you achieve that goal? Some experts recommend that you progress through a cleanse or a detoxification protocol. Many of those protocols, like Hyman’s 10-Day Detox Diet), make sense. Gwyneth Paltrow’s diet, focused on the health of the intestines, also makes sense. Stopping by a Nekter store and purchasing one of their 3-days cleanses also makes sense. They all offer you a similar pathway: a pause between your current eating style and your hopeful new eating style. Me? I like those approaches, but they are not for everyone. What is for everyone? To find a new eating style that is reflective of your world and your own nutritional needs, leads you toward greater health, higher vitality, and increased longevity.
What are the basics? I know, you have heard it before. But think of Tony Robbins and his constant reframe that repetition is the mother of skill. At our ages we should not mind a little repetition. So, for the basics, you need to move away from the food that may be harming your health, and you need to incorporate those foods that will likely improve your health. To make that transition, should you rely on your taste buds? No. They have been hijacked by the agricultural giants and our overload of sugar, salt, and easy-to-eat processed foods. You need to rely on how your meals make your feel. But what is another truth? Most of rush through life, at every age, so fast that we really do not pause to assess which foods increase our energy and lift our moods and which foods do just the opposite. Yes, we need to pause and notice these differences.
However, there is one requirement. You cannot notice the difference unless you shift your eating style and try something different. If you are not going to go through a cleanse or a detoxification, then you need to push yourself – against the pull of your hijacked taste buds – to new foods. You know my recommendations. Try reducing the dairy products and meats. Try increasing the spectrum of vegetables, fruits, beans, nuts, and seeds. Just try it for 1-2 weeks, then ask yourself: How do you feel? Do you feel physically more energetic? Do you feel cognitively sharper? Those decisions can’t be made in a rush. You need to slow down, both during your meals and after your meals. Too many of us never assess how we feel after our meals, even at night. Why? We are either lost in a TV show or we are too tired, ready to slip into a mindless coma, escaping from the stress of our lives.
So, what is another truth in our pursuit of change? We need to explore more and we need to understand more. In future blogs I will address whether grains and wheat are actually good for your health. I will surprise you, I hope, with some warnings of foods that have been a cornerstone of your life. At the same time I hope to awaken your senses to new foods. There is a group of foods called super foods. These foods contain a wide assortment of items from goji berries to hemp seed to quinoa to reisha mushrooms to shaga. What do these foods offers? They offer nutrient rich foods with high levels of antioxidants, designed to protect your from disease. Should we be eating more of these super foods? Absolutely. But for now, let’s just pause and reassess what we have learned. Can you start making some initial changes toward a more plant-slanted eating style? That would be a good starting point.
There is also another item that we will discuss in more detail. It’s our water. How many of you still drink your water from a plastic bottle? We have already discussed how plastic’s BPA can become – with sunlight and heat – carcinogenic. The same hold true for other chemicals, like xenoestrogens, that can arise from plastic bottles. Me? I prefer to drink water from a glass container. I also prefer spring water – if I can find spring water. There is much to learn to improve our health and reduce our risk of disease. But for now, let’s just take a moment to reflect on what we have already learned and what we can implement in our life. As a physician, what have I learned from my patients? It is one habit at a time. You cannot change everything at once. I have also learned the value of fundamentals. So, at this point, just take stock in what you might want to change. You can modify those changes as we learn about other options. Come on, a deep breath. Are you ready to make some life saving changes?