Wednesday, October 1, 2008
What's the best diet? Seems there is alot of discussion around this topic. Depending on who the "expert" is and "where" your information is coming will depend on the answer. It seems there are diets for every human condition, situation and let's not forget the latest "craze". With all the confusion over low fat, low carb, low glycemic index, low sugar, diabetic, anti-aging ect. Who's to know?
My advice is to go with the long standing experts, solid research, and longevity in performance. Following the craze will make you crazy, sickly or sick. The foods you eat are like medicine to your body. You are either getting more healthy with each passing day or less healthy. There really is no middle of the road even if you do not "feel" any different you are different. Heart disease, cancer, arthritis, diabetes ect. do not happen over night.
Let's take a look at heart disease. Not you? Are you sure? 1.1 million of you have heart disease and it is #1 in the US. About 1 in 2. Of the 1 million of you , 1/2 will die from heart disease. Are you sure it is not you? Heart disease does not start with the first chest pain, it starts with the first french fry you had. Harmless? Think again. Get this, children as young as 3 years old show evidence of fatty deposits in their arteries. By age 12, 70% of children have the beginning stages of hardening of the arteries, humm heart disease. Dr. Oz (Oprah's doctor) said the youngest person he has met who had open heart surgery related to risk factors (high cholesterol, blood pressure and obesity) was 18 years old. Do you still like that commercial with the baby eating french fries?
It's not just heart disease either. Cancer, arthritis, macular degeneration, diabetes and every chronic disease does not just jump on you or your children. They are all an over time program in most cases a 10 year process. Some experts think your body makes cancer cells everyday and depending on the health of your DNA and immune system will determine how soon you are notified!
Best diet? I vote is for the make your life better, healthier, in for the long hall diet.
The American Cancer Society, American Diabetic Association, American Heart Association, USDA and many others recommend a diet packed full of fruits, ,vegetable legumes and whole grains. How about that? No magic, no combinations or formulas. Simple easy to follow, makes common sence diet.
In fact the USDA recommends fruits and veggies in a wide variety, colorful, fresh, raw when possible. Here is what you will find on www.mypyramid.org. (1/2 cup = 1 serving)
5 servings = Young Children (1 -3 years) Girls (4 - 8 years old)
6 servings = Boys (4 - 8 years)
7 servings = Girls (9 - 13 years) Women (51 years+ older)
8 servings = Boys ( 9 - 13 years) Girls (14 - 18 years) Women (31 - 50 years)
9 servings = Women (19 - 30 years) Men (51+ years)
10 servings = Boys (14 - 18 years) Men (19 - 50 years)
11 to 13 servings = Active Boys and Men
How are you doing?
How do you know what's the best foods to pick?
Eat original not artificial or processed. The more color the healthier. The fresher the better.
Here are some examples to get you started:
Sweet potato instead of white potato
Back grapes instead of white grapes
Dark bread instead of white bread
Brown rice instead of white rice
Brown pasta instead of white pasta
Dark leafy greens instead of iceberg lettuce
So the next time you go to pick up the latest diet book. Save your money. The best diet is the one you can follow for the rest of your life, mostly fruits, veggies, whole grains, legumes, little bit of dairy. Meat you ask? The American Heart Association said years ago think of your meat (chicken, fish) as a condiment to your meal, so just a little.
Maybe Mary Poppins was right "a spoon full of sugar helps the medicine go down". Do you think she was thinking about healthy foods too?