Food Matters Choosing to Live Better

This morning, as I lay in bed losing my fight to continue sleeping, I listened to the morning news. A recent report shows that over 60% of Americans are overweight. That’s a staggering number and a wake up call. Even more staggering is how fast this has happened. It’s shocking. Look at this animated map showing the weight trend in America from 1985-2007.

I’m always telling my girls that life is about choices. The choices we make determine our quality of life. A choice we make every day is what we put in our mouths to nourish our body. And it’s known all over the world that we are what we eat. I’ve seen this trend in my own life. Over the years, I’ve been slowly adding more weight. Being a photographer keeps me very active and I’ve started working out two years ago, but honestly, it’s a losing battle when most of my day is spent in front of a computer.

My wife is a health educator— we know what we should be eating. What we choose to eat is a different story. I try to make healthy choices, but it also comes down to convenience and cost. Buying vegetables and fruits from the local markets is frustrating because they seem to spoil within days. There are high end stores with organic produce and healthy super foods, but the cost is prohibitive for feeding a family. If we can raise awareness, then perhaps our collective buying power can start changing this trend away from over processed, highly refined, nutrient depleted fast food to healthy, rich and nourishing super foods that are affordable.

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What started all of this for me was stumbling on this movie trailer. I highly recommend you watch Food Matters. Even the trailer will raise an eyebrow.

Things in our country need to change. 50 million Americans have no health care. We spend more on health care than any other industrialized nation and have less to show for it. Most people who see a doctor visit the hospital during an emergency visit, the most expensive way to visit a hospital. Something as simple as changing the food you eat can prevent if not eliminate much of the burden on our health care system.

So, what works? Individual accountability, preventative education and lifestyle. I love to cook. My wife jokes it’s the reason she married me! Thanksgiving is here next week (my personal favorite holiday). Here are two great sites to start you on your way. If you have suggestions or comments, please let me know. We can do this together. Bon Appetit!

Eat to Live, Dr. McDougall and Eat Right America

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  1. evidently i can’t spell today:)

  2. Randy – I switched to all organic produce 3 years ago when I found out how few nutrients commercial stuff really has. I think it was a Harvard study that I saw a chart of how much nutrients, vitamins and minerals were in organic, vs. regular produce. I expected 2, maybe 3 times as much, but in some cases it was in the 1000’s! I’m so NOT kidding you. Iron content in spinach was trace in commercially grown stuff, and something like 10,000 times as great in organic.

    I recently found out why. Yes our soils are depleted from overgrowing but there’s another factor. In the soil are microscopic bacteria that are necessary for breaking down the minerals in the soil to make them into “organic” matter from the inorganic mineral form they are in naturally. When we spray pesticides on the plants, not only do we kill the bugs that eat the plants – and put it on our foods – but we kill the bacteria in the soil too. SO, what that means is the plants cannot absorb the minerals – as inorganic matter cannot be used by a plant! Yes, that’s right.

    To make it even worse – even organic food today has about 40 times LESS nutrients in it than foods of 50 years ago. So we are becoming increasingly obese but undernourished at the same time.

    Scary huh? If you buy organic it may be what, 50% more expensive? What if you have to eat 50 bowls of spinach to even come close to what’s in the organic stuff? What if eating the non-organic isn’t much better than eating paper? It’s fiber, almost nothing else.

    Sorry to be the bearer of such news – but switch to organic, you’ll actually eat way less food cause it has more in it and your grocery bill won’t be much higher. Honestly.

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