Eating a Well-Balanced Diet: The Challenge of Your Life
“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food,” advised Hippocrates. Or as the saying goes, “You are what you eat,” at least in part. Of course, there are several other crucial factors that contribute to who you are and how healthy you are. But in regard to diet and nutrition, eating well — that is, eating for optimal wellbeing, longevity and protection against illness — has become more confusing and challenging than ever.
One reason for this confusion is that there are so many contaminants and toxins in our food supply. So even when you think you’re eating well, you’re not. Take, for instance, a robust salad filled with lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, corn niblets and a few chunks of lightly fried tofu. Is it good for you? At first glance it would appear so, but the truth is it may not be. If the lettuce, tomatoes and cucumbers are not organically grown, they contain pesticides and chemicals that you will absorb into your body. If the corn and soy (from which the tofu was made) are not organic, both probably contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs), which are proven to cause disease. And for those people who suffer from arthritis, it may be best to avoid tomatoes, eggplant, and other nightshade vegetables known to cause inflammation.
Another reason adopting a healthy diet can be challenging is that no one diet is right for everyone. Nuts can be a very healthy part of a balanced diet, but you may be allergic to nuts. For others trying to lose weight, nuts may prove too high in calories and fat content. Depending on your body type, you may require red meat in moderate quantities, but it’s not advisable for someone with a heart condition or at high risk of cancer. What’s more, if the meat is not organic, you are once again exposing yourself to antibiotics, hormones and GMOs. And just to make matters more complicated, we all need different kinds of foods throughout the various seasons and at different times of our lives.
There is also an addictive side effect of many processed foods. Research has shown that the amount of sugar, bad fats, and salt in junk food today has created a population addicted to fast, unhealthy food, continuously craving foods that are not beneficial to our health. More than half of American adults are now overweight, and nearly one-fourth of the adult population — 40 million people — are clinically obese.
So the question remains: What do you do?
Eating Right Made Simple for You & Your Family
- Achieve & Maintain Optimal Wellbeing
- Reverse/Eliminate Illness & Chronic Pain
- Safely & Naturally Achieve Goal Weight
- Enhance Your Daily Quality of Life
- Protect Against Illness & Aging
- Increase Vitality & Longevity
Given all of the challenges to eating a proper, balanced diet that nourishes and satisfies you, increases your vitality and longevity, and consistently helps cleanse and detoxify your body while protecting you against illness, how then can you eat right?
The answer is simpler than you would expect: Create and maintain a diet that is specifically designed for your body type and optimal wellbeing. And Dr. Vicki can easily help you do this. However, although there is no one diet for everyone, there are several key guidelines that will work for everyone. They are as follows:
Eat a largely, if not completely, organic diet. With an organic diet, you are assured that the produce and grains you are consuming are free of harmful pesticides and chemicals, and that they contain no harmful GMOs. Likewise, organic meats are free of harmful antibiotics and hormones, and have not been fed GMO-derived feed. In short, go organic and you can’t go wrong. Also, eliminate or minimize rice from your diet. All rice, organic included, has been found to contain significant quantities of arsenic, which it absorbs from the water supply. And ironically, brown rice is worse than white.
Eat plenty of leafy green vegetables. Lettuce, spinach, kale, broccoli and the like are high in antioxidants and phytonutrients that fortify the body and cleanse it of toxins. And if you’re trying to lose weight, green vegetables are invariably low in calories and tend to fill you up. Just make sure they’re organic!
Minimize or eliminate processed sugar. Our intake of massive amounts of sugar on a daily basis (and that includes fructose and corn syrup) is today’s leading cause of obesity in children and adults, as well as a major cause of diabetes. In fact, processed sugar is one of today’s primary threats to our health. And its addictive qualities do little to help the cause. Processed sugar is bad for the heart, the brain and everything else in your body.
What should you do? Give it up! Switch to natural sugar substitutes such as Xylitol. It is a compound naturally found in certain vegetables, strawberries, raspberries, plums, and jute, as well as various hardwood trees like birch. Because it has a more complex chemical structure than table sugar, it doesn’t trigger the release of insulin from the pancreas, so it’s ideal for people with diabetes. It also has 40% fewer calories than sugar. There’s no aftertaste and it’s completely safe to use. Plus, it’s as sweet and satisfying as sugar, ideal for cooking, baking and spooning in coffee, tea and on fruit.
Give up chemical sugar substitutes. Even if the label claims it’s a natural or sugar-derived substitute, it’s been proven to cause disease—everything from Alzheimer’s to cancer. And contrary to common belief, chemical sugar substitutes greatly contribute to weight gain. Switch to Xylitol or Stevia (See above.)
Eat wild, fresh fish whenever possible. Stay away from farm-raised fish as they’re loaded with harmful chemicals such as polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). Some are even genetically modified.
Minimize or eliminate alcohol consumption. Don’t believe the hype about a glass or two a day of wine being good for your heart. It’s just that, hype. Alcohol is high in calories and converts to sugar in your bloodstream, which is bad for everything. It also destroys brain cells and encourages the growth of cancer cells. And it’s very bad for the prostate.
Minimize or eliminate soda from your diet. There is no part of soda that is good for you. Either it’s loaded with sugar (the not-so-quiet killer) which contributes to everything from obesity and diabetes to heart disease and kidney problems, or in the case of diet soda, chemical sugar substitutes which are essentially poison in a can. Switch to unsweetened beverages such as ice tea, naturally flavored seltzers and the old standby—pure water.
Minimize or eliminate red meat from your diet. Recent studies indicate that Americans eat too much meat, red meat in particular. In large quantities, it contributes to heart disease, circulatory problems and possibly cancer. If your body type requires some red meat, eat it in moderation and make sure it’s organic.
Minimize consumption of processed foods. Processed foods are nearly devoid of any nutritional value and often high in sugar content. Plus, they usually contain addictive components and additives (a result of processing) that encourage excessive consumption. Everybody needs a treat now and then, but make the switch to organic, whole food snacks. Try delicious organic dark chocolate, which has been found to have great health benefits. Many people are sensitive to gluten and/or wheat, so avoid them if you feel any negative effects from eating them. Your body and waistline will thank you.
Drink only purified or spring water. Unless you live high in the mountains of the Fiji Islands, you can no longer rely on tap water as your source of H2O. There are simply too many pollutants in the water supply and in the air that ultimately find their way into it. Play it safe and filter your tap water at home or drink pure spring water. Squeeze in a little lemon, lime or both for taste. We’re all 98% water—keep yourself hydrated and pure!
Add doctor-supervised supplements to your diet. Even if your diet is close to perfect, it is pretty much impossible to consume everything you need on a daily basis to completely nourish your body and protect yourself against illness. For that reason, a simple regimen of nutritional supplements is highly recommended. To ensure you’re taking the right ones, consult a knowledgeable physician. As with diet, everyone is different. Make sure you adopt a regimen tailored to your unique needs.
Eat Better & You’ll Feel Better…Guaranteed!
“My goal in nutritional counseling is not to overwhelm you with a new food plan and regimen; rather it is to recommend manageable adjustments and suggestions that will yield dramatic positive results.” —Dr. Vicki
There is a direct connection between how you eat and how you feel. If you commit to healthier eating tailored to you and your body, you will feel healthier, stronger and better, both physically and emotionally, not to mention adding years to your life and quality to your years. However, if you choose to eat foods that are highly processed and lack nutritional benefits, you are limiting your potential to thrive, and increasing your chances of developing a chronic health condition now or in the years to come.
Everyone’s body chemistry is different. Therefore, each person’s nutritional requirements for a healthy body are different. Learning about what foods promote optimal wellbeing is as important as exploring what foods are right for you and enhance how you feel. As you learn to listen to your body, your body will let you know what works and what doesn’t.
Dr. Vicki’s approach to nutrition is unique and sensible. For years she’s witnessed professional nutritionists attempt to drastically change a patient’s diet and lifestyle, only to leave the patient feeling thoroughly overwhelmed. The result is that after a week or two, the patient gives up and returns to habitual, unproductive and potentially life-threatening eating habits. By contrast, Dr. Vicki is a major advocate of making small, manageable changes that yield dramatic, noticeable results. This approach encourages patients to stick with the changes and inspires them to make additional positive changes.
If this gentle, supportive approach to diet and nutrition appeals to you, please contact Dr. Vicki to discuss how she can design a food program that fits your lifestyle — and put you on the road to optimal wellbeing.
For more information or to set up an appointment, contact Dr. Vicki today.
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