It looks like it is time to move to Okinawa. Actually… not necessary! You don’t have to be born in one of the cultures I wrote about in my last blog, Eat Well- Feel Well, to get their kitchen-table health benefits. Anyone, anywhere, anytime can eat for health and long life. If you really wish, you can start from this very moment and move forward, with your very next meal or snack. The best news? The benefits would be immediate!
“Just by eating healthier you’ll feel more energetic, have better digestion, and even sleep better in just two to four weeks,” says Christine Gerbstadt, RD, MD, a dietitian and practicing physician. “It’s exciting how quickly you can feel the difference.”
That’s just the start of the benefits, too. You’ll have fewer colds as your immune system improves. Your body will naturally get to its proper weight. And you’ll take bold steps to prevent the deceases that most plague our senior years. “Four out of ten leading causes of death in America are heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and cancer – have a huge diet component to them,” notes Susan Moores, RD, an expert on nutrition for older people. “What we eat – and how we eat it – makes a big difference in our health.”
So, what is the secret to this way of eating? The problem is, you can ask 100 doctors and you will get 100 different answers but what emerge and what some would call the seven golden choices for eating for energy, disease prevention, and long life. You can decide which are right for you and is why they are called choices instead of hard and fast rules.
Choice 1: Make more than half of your diet beans, fruits and vegetables.
Choice 2: Eat more whole-grain Foods
Choice 3: Eat more “good” fats
Choice 4: Eat Calcium-rich foods
Choice 5: Eat Lean protein
Choice 6: Eat fewer calories
Choice 7: Enjoy Eating!
Sounds easy, right? More like easier said, then done. In my next blog I will start breaking down these choices for you so that they are understandable and attainable.
And remember, that you will receive immediate benefits just but instilling one little change or in this case “choice” in your diet.
Each week I send out emails with great “Eating well” video recipes that help you achieve these choices for Long Life eating. Eating well really isn’t that hard if you know what and how to make the food that will fuel your body right.
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