Sunday, July 24, 2011

A simple diet for better health

Simplicity can be applied to nutrition. If you are like many people in the USA, you might have been told by your doctor at your last check up that you needed to lose a bit of weight. You might have also been told that your blood glucose was high as well as your LDL cholesterol and your triglycerides. 

These are all common symptoms of the great American diet. Prepackaged meals, processed foods along with eating out at restaurants can lead to a diet extremely high in saturated fats, salt and sugar. Our busy lifestyles lead us to think that this is the only way we can eat.

If you focus on bringing the concepts of simplicity to your diet and meal planning you might just find that you can with just a little planning create healthy meals at home and to take to work with you. You might also do a little research and discover restaurants that in your area that are serving local and organic foods.

I am in the process of rethinking my diet. The four "R's" of stuff are re-think, reduce, reuse, and recycle. This can be applied to your food. Rethink: what are you eating that you can find simple ways to reduce fat and sugar? How about reducing the amount you eat by using smaller plates and when eating out plan to take half home or share a plate with a friend? Take some leftovers to work for lunch to "reuse" the dinner you cooked the night before. And if there are any scraps left, recycle by tossing them in a compost pile so that you can start growing some healthy food in your own backyard or patio.

I have the big three conditions that will have the best outcome from weight reduction: high cholesterol, high glucose, and acid reflux. I am taking pills for all three conditions which makes be unhappy. My goal over the next twelve months is to rethink, reduce, reuse, and recycle my nutrition to create a simpler diet and a healthier me. I will be working towards removing as many animal food products as possible from my diet and may actually transition to vegan. I did a trial run from November 2010 - February 2011 and was able to reduce my glucose and cholesterol levels. I also lost about fifteen pounds.

I regressed and started adding more meat, eggs, and dairy to my diet while maintaining compliance with my medication and have lost ground in health metrics and weight so I will be taking on the challenge of transforming my nutritional life to vegan. It makes sense for my health and also helps the environment. Meat and dairy production are energy intensive and produce waist byproducts that are as bad for the environment as the saturated fats, salt and sugars are for your body.

So here is my mid-year resolution! Cheers! Hopefully by New Years I will be halfway to my goal weight and health metrics improvement.

Going Vegan!

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