In this lecture I discuss specifically what to eat and why for optimal health and wellness. Topics include re-defining healthy, why the Food Guide or Food Pyramid doesn’t work, the role of water, specific foods and much more.
It is quite incredible how the topic of nutrition seems to cause so many questions and so much confusion today. As human beings, part of the animal kingdom, this should not be a problem. After all a squirrel or a monkey never wonders what to eat. Yet somehow as the modern age came upon us, with more variety came more confusion. Part of the biggest problem today is that so much of what is sold in grocery stores and restaurants is so processed, it should not even be considered food.
Thus here we are left wondering what to eat, and how much of this and how much of that. This source tells us to eat this, while another tells us to eat that. And on and on the discussions go, as the population’s health in North America and spreading world wide to every developed nation continues to decline. As unpleasant as the truth is to hear, we are sicker and fatter than ever. Obviously something isn’t working.
So what are we to do? My first and main approach when I teach people about nutrition is to go back to the basics. Often times having more variety isn’t always a good thing. This is especially true when it comes to processed food. Next, we need to get serious about what health really means to us and stop going around saying we are healthy, while we carry excess weight, suffer from headaches, indigestion or are dependent on external stimulants just to stay awake.