Healthy Eating Doesn't Have to be Complicated
by Don Bennett, DAS
many of us have wanted to be healthier, and have adopted a healthier
lifestyle, only to find that the way we were taught to prepare our
food was involved. Well folks, it doesn't have to be. Food preparation
can be as simple or as complex as you like, but many people who've
been looking for a healthy diet have been introduced to an overly
complex array of recipes, some of which are heralded as being necessary
for healing and optimal health. In my experience, vibrant health
doesn't require a lot of fuss in the kitchen.
an old expression, "The simpler thy meals, the healthier thee shall
be". There are a couple of reasons for this. For one thing, the
less time-consuming it is, the more likely you are to stick with
healthy food prep; and the longer you stick with it, the healthier
you get. Also, the less ingredients in a meal, the easier it is
to digest; and the easier your digestion the less energy is required
for it, thus more energy available for healing and maintaining robust
concoctions we learn to prepare are promoted as being "healing",
and we are advised to make it part of our dietary lifestyle. Yet
I've seen what some would call miraculous results in health restoration
without these recipes used at all. More often than not, what accounts
for the majority of healing is what you stop doing that was damaging
are many misconceptions regarding what we humans should be eating.
Some folks are under the impression that cow milk products are needed
for good health, yet dairy products contribute to some of the most
devastating diseases we face today. Some people are told, in a very
convincing manner, high fat is best, no, low fat is best. And then
there's high-protein-low-carb, no, high-carb-low-protein. When you
have one book and expert saying one thing, and another book and
expert saying the opposite, it's no wonder so many people give up
trying to find the truth, and continue to eat the way they've always
dietary requirements of biological organisms aren't some big mystery
or pseudo-science (although there can be loaded studies and faulty
research). It isn't the great unknown and therefore a guessing game
at best. It is indeed known what humans should eat for optimal health.
The reason for most of the misinformation? Self-interest on the
part of industries, and the desire to tell people what they want
to hear. When something becomes a marketable commodity, the truth
very often takes a back seat to information that supports that which
is being sold. Even when promoters honestly believe their products
or programs are the healthiest way to go, but then discover new
information that suggests otherwise, it's often too late; dollars
are flowing, and "marketing momentum" prevents any change
that's in your best interest. The phrase, "Let the buyer beware"
has never been more relevant when it comes to diet programs.
this website there are several articles which explain the ways in
which one can simplify their diet (and thus their life). In general,
the more fresh, whole, ripe, uncooked, organically grown fruits
you get into your body, and the less cooked stuff you consume, the
healthier you'll be, and the better odds you'll have of never getting
a diagnosis of something serious. If you like sprouting and soaking
and marinating and spending tons of time in the kitchen preparing
raw food dishes, that's fine; just know that it isn't necessary
in order to be super healthy, and that simply prepared meals can
often be the tastiest and most satisfying (and the healthiest).
learn more about Don's insights into healthful living, check out
his books here.
Why Most Diets Don't Work
The Benefits of Eating Uncooked Foods
Foods - What People Don't Know
Raw Food Studies
Why Eat Raw Foods?
Healthful, Raw-food Trend is Picking
Up Steam - USA TODAY
The Natural Diet Primer
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