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 most plant based whole food
- This means, I eat mostly fruits and vegetables raw, limiting cooked and/or steamed
- I only take B12 as a supplement
- I don’t cook with or use any refined oils like olive oil or corn oil, etc.
- No white sugar, maple syrup or honey especially HFCS (high fructose corn syrup)
- I eat beans and broccoli for higher protein
- No animal products like dairy and meat
- I don’t worry about protein because it’s in all plant based food in the proper amount
- My fruit is berries like blackberries, bananas, blueberries and strawberries
- I eat large green leafy salads, at least one a day if not two
- I make my own salad dressings without oil
- I limit eating rice (I eat California grown because it is one which has the least arsenic, etc.) because it has arsenic
- I do not eat wheat, corn, barley, rye, quinoa or any other grain except millet
- My wife and I make a green smoothie each day
- I do not drink fruit juice or any other sweetened beverage
- No alcohol
- I eat fruit in the morning and at night if I get hungry (I may add coconut powder, flax powder and chia seeds)
- I always buy organic produce if they have it
- I drink organic loose leaf Japanese tea
- We get out into the sun for vitamin D
- I meditate
- I keep active around the house and work out with light weights in my garage
- I think positive thoughts rather than dwelling upon what’s wrong, because I’ve learned what we think most we attract
- 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.