Of course, food isn’t inherently evil. But, we don’t like an upset stomach from overeating on the holidays. Discomfort and bodily pain is a sign we need to listen to.
‘I have learned what the healthiest diet on the planet is. People in cultures who are trim, healthy and live the longest eat mostly plant based whole food’ ~ your author
Fruits and vegetables are naturally low in protein, salt, oil and sugar. Everything is in all the right amounts. Most of us here in the US don’t eat like that at all. It’s just the opposite.
I don’t know the percentage of vegetarians and vegans versus traditional food eaters, but I’ll gamble those who eat plant based whole food are the very low minority.
And, that’s understandable, because the word hasn’t gotten around as much as it could be spread. Doctors don’t get much training in diet. You don’t see programs about it on TV, because all the big money advertisers sell hamburgers, pizza and medication, not steamed broccoli and apples.
“What is a healthy diet?” Many clinicians find themselves at a loss to answer this common question from patients. The difficulty of offering a simple answer is understandable. The overwhelming volume of data generated by food and nutrition researchers coupled with sometimes contradictory findings, the seeming flip-flops in recommendations, and the flood of misinformation in diet books and the media can make it seem as though explaining the essentials of healthy eating is akin to describing the intricacies of particle physics. That is unfortunate, because there are now enough solid strands of evidence from reliable sources to weave simple but compelling recommendations about diet [1 ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3471136/].
I lost 50 pounds not from exercising vigorously because I do a very light daily exercise routine. My successful and permanent weight loss came about from eating a consistent diet of mostly raw and cooked fruits and vegetables with little to no refined carbohydrates like bread, crackers and tortillas, etc..
‘We can’t escape eating grandma’s delicious food, but we can avoid weight gain by cutting down our portion sizes. And, don’t go back for seconds, if you have the willpower…’ ~ your author
Furthermore, my diet is very low in fat, protein and sugar and high in fiber and carbohydrates from beans, potatoes and rice. And, yes, I partake of all the holiday food I know will penalize me. But, you can’t disappoint old grandma and not eat all her special cooking, right? You just have to get yourself back on tract after the holiday season is over. Understand why I eat the way I do, here or read up on an alternative diet like the Dash Diet PDF.
Source- 1 URL ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3471136/
Website Title Journal of midwifery & women’s health
Publication Year 2010
Access Day 31
Access Month december
Access Year 2019
Article Title Essentials of healthy eating: a guide
Note- consult your doctor before you change your diet.