Choosing vitality and longevity

Diet has been identified as the single most important risk factor for morbidity and mortality in the United States.

The American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM) recommends the WFPB diet which is a dietary pattern centered on minimally processed whole, plant foods including vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes, nuts, and seeds. Minimally processed means that you may just have to wash it prior to consumption. Maintaining health and preventing and treating food-related disease by choosing high-quality, healthy foods in conjunction with appropriate medical care is possible with a whole food plant-based diet. Culinary Medicine is empowering its readers and wants them to understand that healthy food can be tasty, fast and inexpensive. The ACLM goes as far as making their Culinary Medicine manual available in pdf-form online and free of charge so that both you and your health care provider can educate yourself on what it takes to thrive.

The American Cancer Society (ACS) has updated its guideline (June 2020) on diet and physical activity for cancer prevention. Staying at a healthy weight, staying active throughout life, following a healthy eating pattern and recommends people to eat a colorful variety of vegetables and fruits, and plenty of whole grains and brown rice. To avoid or limit eating red meats such as beef, pork, and lamb and processed meats such as bacon, sausage, deli meats, and hot dogs, and avoid or limit sugar-sweetened beverages, highly processed foods, and refined grain products. In fact the American Cancer Society does not recommend eating meat at all. The ACS states that people should eat whole foods, not individual nutrients, because evidence continues to suggest that healthy dietary patterns are associated with reduced risk for cancer, especially colorectal and breast cancers.

The Standard American Diet (SAD) is a dietary pattern common in the United State that include high consumption f ultra-processed foods, refined flours, added sugars, and sodium along with low consumption of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and legumes. the SAD has been associated with nearly all common chronic disease in the U.S. and increasingly around the world. The WFPB diet is the only diet shown to reverse coronary artery disease which is the leading cause of heart disease which is responsible for one in every four deaths for those over age 35.

Out to get you

The American Cancer Society (ACS) states that ‘Community Action is Key, making healthy eating and exercise choices can be a challenge for many people. Social, economic, and cultural factors all play into the way people eat and get physical activity, and how easy or hard it is to make changes, especially when ‘Natural Food’ rows or isles in the supermarket are being transformed to ‘Assisted Suicide’ isles and lures customers to shop for food on ‘Death Row’. As one naturopathic physician mentioned that 'we are left wondering aimlessly throughout the store to find natural products.' Of course many so-called 'natural products' resemble nothing found in nature.

The American Cancer Society recommends that public, private, and community organizations should work together to increase access to affordable, healthy foods and provide safe, enjoyable and accessible opportunities for physical activity. The ACS advices people to support stores and restaurants that sell or serve healthy options. The local supermarkets in my area Fred Meyer and QFC-Quality Food Market both got rid of their bulk food options and the Natural Food Isles were transformed to 'death row' isles. Keep in mind that for these organizations the planet’s health and your health are not as important as their profit margin.

Increased vitality or longevity

Culinary Medicine arose out of a perceived need to make evidence-based nutrition education practical and accessible for everyone. Nearly 80% of the chronic diseases faced by many are preventable through lifestyle changes. Poor diet has been identified as the top contributor to early death and lost healthy life year in the United States. supermarkets are laid out to detract you from health and may be contributing to current health issues or future health risks.

Added bonus here is that by avoiding intake of all dairy and beef helps to limit greenhouse gases, deforestation, and other negative environmental impacts, elimination of processed and packaged foods leads to a reduction in greenhouse gases and waste by reducing the total burden of disposable packaging.

Shop for local produce and other items at you local farmers market or Community Supported Agriculture farms. Local foods tend to be fresher and are tastier. learning to purchase the proper amount of food and using fresh produce before it spoils can be a benefit to the environment and your pocket book.

Wishing you good health, wellness and vitality throughout life

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