I love the adage that we can often add years to our lives without adding life to our years. This is certainly true of the food we ingest. Much of the food we eat today simply adds calories to burn for energy, in quantities to fill us up. But we often finish one meal only to feel hungry a short time later. In a previous blog we discussed we outlined some 100 nutrients that the body needs to truly maintain health. So how do we get those nutrients while living a busy lifestyle in a busy world?
I believe we first need to recognize the need. In my business as a health care advocate I routinely hear the mantras of people saying “I’m sick and tired of feeling sick and tired!”
I read an article over a decade ago in the Journal of the American Medical Association which espoused the proposal that every American should be taking a quality vitamin and mineral supplement. The fast-food mentality of most of us simply will not provide the nutrients we need. As a start ensure that the supplement you take has many (most?) of those 100 nutrients that you need.
Take small steps to upgrade your nutritional intake. Leave out simple sugars and empty carbs. Trade in the cookies and candy bars for fresh fruit or quality energy bars. Buy quality yogurts and cheeses to replace ice creams and sorbets. Exchange [even flavored] water for sodas and juices. Use flavorful herbal teas in place of caffeinated beverages. Substitute natural sweeteners like stevia, xylitol and monk fruit for chemical sugar alternatives. Consume fresh nuts and berries in place of mints and gumballs. Choose less fatty cuts of meat and, where possible, organic vegetables.
My wife has a degree in home economics. We have always cooked from scratch, choosing what we put in our recipes. I’ve been pleased with the introduction of programs I see advertised on television that now offer to send you fresh foods already prepared for putting into recipes you get in the same box that allows you to quickly prepare quick, wholesome meals for you and your family. Take advantage of one of these. It’s a step toward healthier eating.
You don’t have to spend all day cooking, or become a gourmet chef to improve you diet. Slow down a bit. Take time to prepare more nutritious entrees. And enjoy your meals with friends and great fellowship. It will all add life to your years!
– For more information, contact Naturopathic Doctor Randy Lee, owner of The Health Patch at 1024 S. Douglas Blvd, Midwest City, at 405-736-1030 or e-mail pawpaw@TheHealthPatch.com or visit TheHeathPatch.com.