You Are What You Eat

June 10, 2017

Common expression.

You have heard of this before, right? But how much does this sink in? It is common knowledge, healthcare professionals and patients alike, that diet and lifestyle changes are the foundation to our overall well-being.

So, why do we keep gaining excess weight and poorer health status? In terms of obesity, a study last summer in the New England of Journal of Medicine has researched that having excess body fat is now linked to 13 different types of cancer. What is also interesting is rates of smoking have declined 33% from 2001 - 2015, but the rates of obesity have tripled since the 1970’s.

But the good news is from all of this is “a striking 50% of all cancer deaths could be prevented by following the basics of a healthy lifestyle.” says Richard Wender, chief control officer at the American Cancer Society. THAT’S HUGE!!! or how our current president calls it, “BIGLY!”

So, what do we eat then?

A hint can take be taken out of the longest living people of the world. Dan Buettner, a National Geographic explorer and author, has done extensive research and field work on centenarians. Plants is a no-brainer, but beans remains to be interwoven in all of the countries with these vivacious individuals. Portion sizes and bodily cues are also vital.

Nevertheless, I believe we can take back our own power to heal ourselves when we get back to cooking. When we cook, we know what goes into our foods. Preparing our own meals gives us life. It gives us the power to heal each other and our fellow neighbor. That is the power of community we must strive towards.

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With love,

-Zhu