is pretty apparent to everyone what's happening with regard to the
state of health. We are getting heavier, more people are getting sick,
drug prescriptions are through the roof, and most everyone knows someone
with a disease or who has had surgery. But, what isn't apparent to most
everyone is the root cause of all of this, who is paying the tab, and
where does it stop? Sorry for the gloom and doom, but there's a serious
problem and a relatively easy solution! This isn't meant to be a debate
about health care reform, but simply some thoughts on simple prevention
and intervention. It is estimated that 95% of disease and conditions are due to lifestyle choices, so could effective eating and efficient exercise be the solution to the crisis?
Here's how I see it:
Poor Food Choices
What's Happening: The public is being led to eat the majority of their food from rapidly
digested carbohydrates, (most eat 70% of their daily intake) substandard
protein sources (commercially raised feedlot meats and dairy), and
inflammatory vegetable-sourced fats (canola & soybean oils).
Prepared meals are loaded with high fructose corn syrup and chemicals no
one but the food manufacturers scientists can pronounce. Doctors,
Nutritionists, Dieticians, Weight Loss Centers, and food companies are
all still peddling the same generic information they have for the past
What Needs to Happen: Rely on a Species Appropriate Diet to seek out foods as close to the
source as possible. Wild and pastured meats and eggs, vegetables and
fruit close to home, nuts and seeds, and good fat from avocado, coconut,
Lack of Exercise
What's Happening: People are either too busy, not willing, or think they have to always go to a gym to workout. They get frustrated and give up.
What Needs to Happen: Get moving anyway/anyhow, ask a friend or family to join for motivation, start slow and progress.
What's Happening: TV, video games, and too much work.
What Needs to Happen: Get outside, do join a gym, sign up for a recreational sport.
Inaccurate Exercise Advice
What's Happening: From magazines, to TV shows, to unqualified gym staffers, people are
still being duped into the 'burn more calories', 'stand on the scale',
and 'do more cardio' garbage.
What Needs to Happen:
See there is no difference between 'Cardio and Weights' but a spectrum
of intensity to be varied and progressed. Hire a Fitness Professional
(rather than a personal trainer) who has taken the time to learn the
body sciences, exercise mechanics, and the properties of resistance to
develop a process for you and your body to become lean, strong, pliable,
and resilient. Oh, and lose weight and get healthy as side effects.
Weight Gain & Obesity
What's Happening: Too many carbohydrates. From grains, to sugar, and even too much vegetable and fruit. Too many carbs = too much Insulin. Too often and bad things are going to happen. Bad diet advice.
What Needs to Happen: See that quality protein, carbohydrates from vegetable and fruit only,
and that all fat is not bad but in fact your preferred source of energy.
It's not about diet & restriction but quality nutrients and portion
control. Eat for fuel instead of taste and self-gratification.
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What's Happening: Sneaking up on you as a little fat around you belly, inefficient
digestion, headaches, rashes, joint pain, and acne, these are warning
signs your eating choices aren't up to snuff.
What Needs to Happen: Boot the crappy carbs, crazy chemicals you can't pronounce, drink more
water, be more active/exercise more efficiently/consistently. This is
the time to make a change before it goes from bad to worse.
Doctors, Pharmaceuticals, Hospitalized, and Surgery
What's Happening: Once those warning signs hang around for a while, they develop into
conditions and disease which the medical and pharmaceutical professions
are happy to give you a pill to treat the symptom instead of address the
cause. Treating and masking symptoms too long leads to disease, more
drugs, surgeries, and a one-way ticket to misery. Simple, easy, and
profitable BUT changing your lifestyle and eating habits are much easier...and healthier.
What Needs to Happen: A complete revamp of your lifestyle relying on proper eating and consistent exercise. Seek the advice of a Naturopathic Physician to get the non-drug point of view. The body is a resilient machine and it's usually not too late to recover.
Sick Days, Loss of Productivity, Businesses Suffer
What's Happening: A body in revolt and you spend more time in pain than enjoying life
with your family and friends. Your $30 co-pay is nothing compared to the
$100,000 per year you are incurring on the healthcare system. An
employer sees you as a burden and you become part of the system.
What Needs to Happen: Get control of eating habits, efficient exercise, and your mind in the right gear determined to make a change.
Health Care Costs Due to Metabolic Syndrome
What's Happening: Prices for goods and services go up, taxes go up, wages and full-time
employment go down, to cover the cost of a lot of people eating too many
carbohydrates and being inactive. Health Care has grown faster than the
U.S.economy for five decades and is growing at a higher rate than
Social Security and Defense spending.
What Needs to Happen: Take a look at the first step and get a hold of Good Food Choices and eliminate the merry-go-round.