After I had found my solution to losing weight, I also wanted to become healthier and live longer. Although, there are no guarantees in life, one can look to other cultures and compare. I wondered who on this earth lived the longest and was healthiest. Furthermore, what foods did they eat?
I discovered inflammation is an underlying cause of many ailments, conditions and diseases. Although, I have never been diagnosed by a doctor of having rheumatoid arthritis, I know I have had symptoms which match. I also have suffered from gout, which is also a form of arthritis. I have had achy joints. feet, lower back and muscles through the years. It seemed my joints actually at one point were cracking and making creaking sounds!
‘Vegetables and fruits provide fiber, slowly digested carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals, and numerous phytonutrients that have been associated with protection against cardiovascular disease, aging-related vision loss due to cataract and macular degeneration, and maintenance of bowel function. The connection between vegetables and fruits and cancer is less well established [1 ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3471136/]’.
All this, I didn’t want to endure. So, what I found was that what I ate made a profound improvement in how I felt health wise. What did I do? What I found was that I had a ‘sensitivity’ to certain foods. So, now, I know which ones to eat and avoid to feel my best.
My Personal Health Plan: Weight Loss Maintenance, Improved Health and Increased Lifespan…
- I eat plant based whole food and never count calories
- This means, I eat mostly fruits and vegetables raw, cooked and steamed
- I eat all I want
- I weight my high school weight of 158 lbs. down from over 205 lbs.
- My blood pressure and heart rate is healthy
- I don’t have to go to the doctor
- I don’t have any ailments, conditions or disease
- I never catch a cold or get the flu bug
- I do not take vitamin supplements other than B12
- I don’t cook with or use any refined oils like olive oil or corn oil, etc.
- No sugar, maple syrup or honey especially HFCS (high fructose corn syrup)
- I eat beans for protein, no animal products like dairy and meat
- I don’t worry about enough protein because it’s in all plant based food always in the proper amount
- No processed soy, only tofu and tempeh
- My fruit is berries like blackberries and blueberries also red grapes
- I eat a large green salad at lunch, sometimes dinner
- I make my own salad dressings without oil
- My whole grain is California grown basmati brown rice
- I don’t eat whole or refined wheat, corn, barley, rye, quinoa, millet or anything else
- I don’t eat any refined grain products like bread, tortillas and crackers, etc.
- I bake or fry a medium potato or two in the morning or night
- My wife and I make a green smoothie each day
- I do not drink fruit juice or any other sweetened beverage
- No alcohol
- I go ‘easy’ on the salt and use spices for added flavor
- If I get hungry later at night, I have a bowl of warmed brown rice with a few pumpkin and sunflower seeds, berries and soy milk sweetened with stevia
- I always buy organic produce if they have it
- I drink organic loose leaf Japanese tea
- We get out into the sun daily for vitamin D
- I believe in meditation
- I keep active around the house for physical activity and moderately work out in my garage with weights
- I have learned thinking positive thoughts rather than dwelling on what’s wrong is essential to happiness
- I have pets and hobbies
Source- 1 ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3471136/
Website Title Journal of midwifery & women’s health
Publication Year 2010
Article Title Essentials of healthy eating: a guide
Date Accessed April 12, 2019
Note- consult your doctor before you change your diet.