Starting good eating habits

Between 1984 and 1993 the number of fast food restaurants in Great Britain almost doubled. This was along with the sharp rise in obesity in Great Britain. (Elizabeth Gleick – Land of the Fat). In fact Eric Schlossar (Fast Food Nation) observes that Britain eats more fast food than any other nation. Across the waters, CBS news comments that the average Canadian drinks 114 litres of soft drink annually and a study by the Harvard School of public health makes a direct correlation between soft drink consumption and obesity – just one can of soft drink contains 10 teaspoons of sugar! Even in China the fast food market was worth $9.75 billion in 2003, an increase in 17% from 2002.

It’s almost no surprise that an estimated 30% of deaths in China are attributed to cardiovascular disease and that throughout the world, heart disease is the biggest killer of man – although this is not all strictly attributed to fast food.

The problem with things like fast foods, fizzy drinks and sugary and fatty snacks is that they don’t help the body by robbing it of much of the essential nutrition that could be stored. Such so called ‘convenience foods’ are embraced because they seem to save time and effort. And with one definition of convenience being ‘freedom from discomfort’ I seriously doubt that those suffering from heart disease and chronic obesity would have an easy time agreeing!

We can really begin to impact our diets by beginning with a few simple changes to our diet. To begin with I would recommend that fast food is drastically reduced from our diets. That doesn’t mean you should never eat out, neither does it mean that you must become a vegetarian! But what I would suggest is that take-aways and fast food is not a daily occurrence. Next I would recommend a few simple changes to the daily food products you buy from the supermarket. Don Colbert MD, author of “What would Jesus eat” states from Patrick Quillin’s “Beating cancer with Nutrition”, that the most commonly consumed foods in America are white bread, coffee and hot dogs. These foods are high in calories but have no genuine nutritional value to the body. We can easily begin to change this by replacing foods like white bread with wholemeal bread, white rice with wholegrain rice, soft drinks with juice or water and fruits in place of cakes and cookies (you will find the basic food groups and some recommendations on the total man site. Also by being aware of the vitamins we need and how each vitamin affects us we can make sure our body is getting all the nutrients it needs. Again you can find more info on vitamins at the total man site I’ll continue to add more over the next few weeks, but for starters it’s good to first be aware of the little steps we can make.

You see everyday of your life you will eat something. With the exception of perhaps going on a fast or finding yourself in some unforeseen circumstance you will eat something. Yesterday you ate, today you will eat and tomorrow you will eat again, so why not help your body out? Our bodies are something we're stuck with, so as long as it’s with us, let's make life easy on ourselves.

God bless and protect

Quote of the week:
“The preservation of health is a duty. Few seem conscious that there is such a thing as physical morality.” - Herbert Spencer


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