Tuesday, February 4, 2014

The Road to Health Comes Down to Diet

Bad Food = Sick Bodies
It amazes me how people can get a diagnosis of cancer and NOT look at the diet they have been eating as a problem. The more I learn about the human body, the more I am in awe of my Creator.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Psalm 139:14a
It’s clear to me that our bodies were created to withstand a lot of abuse. There is no man-made thing that would survive the analogous ill-treatment some dish-out to their bodies. Artificial ingredients, hydrogenated oils, chemical sugars… the list of unpronounceable items is endless.

How long would you expect your car to work if you put junk in your gas tank?
People put fast-food and sugary, over-processed, refined stuff in their bodies and wonder why they can’t lose weight and have...
  • Migraines
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Infertility
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • No energy
Then ten to twenty years down the road, they get a diagnosis of…
  • Severe allergies
  • Auto-immune disease
  • Heart disease
  • Cancer or… 
  • Sudden death—no coming back from that one!
Diet Basics
Folks, it all starts with diet. Let's go over the basics.
  • Stop eating all things artificial (artificial colors, artificial sugar, artificial additives, artificial flavors), sodas of any kind, hydrogenated fats (aka trans fats—read the ingredients label, don’t believe the words “0 Trans Fats”), flour and sugar (especially high fructose corn syrup). Read all food labels. (See Grocery Shopping Made Healthy)
  • Drink lots of filtered water (I have a RO—reverse osmosis—filter under my kitchen sink).
  • Cut down or eliminate coffee. Drink green tea.
  • Eat a variety of fresh vegetables and fruit (70% vegetables, 30% fruit) across the color spectrum (red peppers, dark leafy greens, carrots, parsnips).
  • Eat organic and raw as much as possible.
  • Use extra-virgin olive oil and coconut oil.
  • Eat avocados, nuts and nut butters (best to replace peanut butter with almond butter).
  • Eat only wild-caught fish and organic-fed, grass-fed, hormone-free meats and dairy (My diet includes ONLY fish and organic eggs).
  • Eat only organic soy (organic label assures no GMO—genetically modified organism).
  • Eat beans everyday.
  • Eat true whole grains like brown rice, millet, quinoa and steel-cut oatmeal.
I mentioned a few differences from my diet. Since I'm on a mission to fight cancer, I'm motivated and strict about what I eat. Should you be too? I believe the two most important aspects of my diet are lots of raw, fresh vegetables and no sugar.

If you feel this list is too overwhelming, I encourage you to start with one thing. Eliminate all sodas and start drinking water, for example. Do that for one or two weeks then give yourself a pat on the back and tackle another item.

Diet is the most important of the four roots of optimum wellness.

What are your diet concerns? What will you change in your diet? Leave a comment below.