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In the U.S., almost 16 million people have diabetes. More than 50 million adults have doctor-diagnosed arthritis. Over 600,000 people die each year of heart disease. Dementia and Alzheimer's are on the rise, and digestive disorders are commonplace.
According to the National Institutes of Health: "More than 35% of U.S. adults are obese, and more than 34% are overweight."
Do I have your attention now?
Diabetes, arthritis, heart disease, dementia, and digestive disorders are out of control in the U.S. People are suffering in silence and scared. They don't know where to turn or what to do.
People are eating their way into an early grave with foods laced with additives, preservatives, chemicals, sweeteners, and fats.
As positive thinker, Norman Vincent Peale sagely expressed: "Every problem has in it the seeds of its own solution." Therefore, if food is the problem, it's also the solution.
The good news is that once you know how certain foods respond within your body (which are beneficial and which cause conflict); you can straightforwardly eat your way back to health. No matter what your current state of health or energy level, it's rarely too late to turn it around.
That's what I did. In my 20s, 30s, and 40s I struggled with my health. It declined so alarmingly over that 20-year period that I knew I was eating my way to an early grave. I had to turn my health around. I did that by eating my way to heath.
Now in my mid-50s, I'm in the best health of my life!
If I can do it: You can do it.
Eating Your Way to Life
There are three key nutrients and vitamins essential to achieving optimal health: Protein, B vitamins, and greens. Here's why:
Studies show that eating a high-protein diet has some specific health benefits. Not only does it help you maintain and lose weight, but it also works to stabilize your blood sugar levels, improve cognition, reduce 'brain fog'; boost your energy levels, and support your muscles and bones. Organs, tissues, muscles, and hormones are all made from protein.
There are so many proteins from which to choose!
Here are some fabulous protein sources: Oats, grains, quinoa, nuts, dairy, tofu, eggs, fish, beans, and meat. You can also get your protein by drinking a protein powder smoothie.
The key to protein is to eat it every 2-3 hours.
2. B Vitamins.
Everyone needs B vitamins. However, most people come up short on these essential nutrients. This not only slows down your metabolism, making it hard to lose weight, it also causes energy slumps. B vitamins help your body make energy from the food you eat. They also form red blood cells.
There are eight B vitamins:
a. B1 (thiamine)
b. B2 (riboflavin)
c. B3 (niacin)
d. B5 (pantothenic acid)
e. B6 (pyridoxine)
f. B7 (biotin)
g. B9 (folate)
h. B12 (cobalamin)
These foods are high in B vitamins: brown rice, 100% whole wheat bread and pasta, non-GMO organic soybeans and other soy products, bananas, potatoes, and Shiitake mushrooms.
The importance of eating greens cannot be overlooked. Imagine food so powerful that it can help you lose weight, reduce your risk of cancer, make you look younger, strengthen your bones, and help you live longer. Pretty nifty, huh!
Super-woman status is achieved with greens because most greens contain a mixture of vitamins A, C, K, B9, iron, and potassium. Plus, most have protein and B vitamins in them.
Here are some delicious ways to get your greens:
a. Eat a salad a day.
b. Add steamed broccoli, zucchini, and cabbage to any meal.
c. Have artichokes for dinner.
d. Eat raw celery and green peppers as snacks.
e. Mix kale and spinach into a green powder smoothie.
When you start eating your way to health, making the decision about what foods to eat is overwhelming. That's why it's helpful to work with a nutritionist or health consultant to design an eating plan specifically tailored for you.
With so many people in the U.S. suffering from diabetes, dealing with digestive disorders, struggling weight issues, and going to an early grave from heart disease, don't you owe it to yourself to stop this from happening? I did. And I know you can do it too by eating your way to health. Start eating your way to health: The quality of your life depends upon it.
by Nicole Dennison