You have probably heard a lot about “healthy eating,” but, other than vanity, why do we need to eat healthier? The simple, yet horrifying answer, is that we suffer from higher rates of obesity and chronic disease than ever before. So, we do our best to adhere to these “rules” to healthy eating. Have you noticed these rules can change from year to year? We are told one year to avoid fat and the next to avoid carbohydrates. These are not healthy eating plans—they are fad diets. It is enough to make anyone distrust nutritional advice altogether, particularly anything that claims, “food is medicine.”
In many ways, we don’t really need much advice because we already know basically what we should do: eat a variety of foods, especially whole grains, fruits and vegetables while minimizing sugar and empty calories plus watching our portion sizes. It’s a bonus if you can do some physical activity each day.
So, why are there so many differing opinions on what being healthy looks like? From our perspective, it is often easier to read about what we should do than actually change our eating patterns. As a result, our Standard American Diet (SAD) is not contributing to our health; in fact, it may be harming us.
Americans are increasingly eating more processed foods. Our supermarkets are full of packaged foods that appeal to our taste buds, but compromise our health and weight goals. Because most of these foods’ natural nutrients are removed in the refining process, we need to get them from other sources. See some of our favorite on-plan recipes from SlimGenics!
We are also eating less variety of foods. While 17,000 new products are introduced each year, two-thirds of our calories come from just four foods: corn, soy, wheat and rice.
Our food is not the same as it was 20 years ago. Nutrients in the soil have been depleted, so food grown in that soil has fewer nutrients. Chemicals are increasingly used in raising both plants and animals, particularly on huge industrial farms that specialize in a few products. This is why it’s become so important to choose wild, hormone-free and organic when possible.
It is easy to fall into the pattern of eating fast, convenient food, especially when we are busy. But we are not nurturing ourselves by doing so. Our Standard American Diet lacks nutrients and relies heavily on processed foods. Our fast foods also remove us from the pleasures of preparing and cooking delicious meals, and our fast pace often prevents us from connecting with loved ones over meals. We tend to eat for convenience and speed, not health and pleasure.
The bottom line is that we should all pay attention to what we eat. Especially so when we are sick and need our bodies get nutrients for healing. There is an extensive list of health benefits if we look at food as medicine. Your SlimGenics Program is designed to incorporate the foods that promote maximum healing and minimal inflammation to your body. It is literally your food prescription for better health. While SlimGenics offers the information you need to follow the program accurately and discusses the scientific processes behind weight loss, functional medicine brings a whole new layer to the concept of healthy eating.
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