posted August 8, 2017 by Al Bell
Hello there! Welcome back! As promised I want to share a bit about what my lifestyle entails. One of the things I have learned to accept with a positive outlook on life is the fact that we are what we eat.
Before I go too deep into this let us just look at what should be obvious to us today. Foods today are not what they were say in the early 1900’s. Our culture was one that lived on farms and grew most foods. Whether it was cattle, grain, or vegetable society mainly ate from the fruit of the land with very little manufactured processing.
Consequently, most foods kept a majority of their nutritional value. This, in turn, helped mankind to consume a high concentration of foods with plenty of vitamins and minerals. The pictorial above highlights a 14 day trial for adults whose diets were matched in calories, fat, sugar, fiber, and macronutrients. Body weight changes correlated to the higher increase in calories.
Fast forward to today, there are far fewer family-owned farms and most foods are processed. Advanced processes in agricultural technology have been the main cause; allowing for greater and quicker yields that are insect and disease resistant. As a result, food today appears to have lost a bit of the full nutritional value to be offered and replaced with fillers.
So with this, one has to eat smarter meaning they must educate themselves about what is consumed. Taking the time to do this will not only reward one with the self-satisfaction of doing well but also reaping the benefits of a healthy lifestyle. Eat smarter and live well I say!
Personally, I’ve benefited from eating healthier! From feeling sluggish all the time with no energy to being alert and vibrant I attribute most of the change to eating healthier. This means eating less processed foods to consuming more organic-prepped based foods.
A quick way to gage this is just to look at the label. Are there ingredients on there you cannot pronounce? Hmmm? Far cry from just your plain descriptions.
Let me remind you though, that it has been a journey not always covered with rose petals. I have had to learn over time what promotes a healthy lifestyle and what works against it. This is what I stress. Do what fits you and promotes a healthy lifestyle so that you:
- Can enjoy your family
- Family can enjoy you
- Share your ideas
- Enjoy travel, reading, sports, bike rides, plays, walks in the park!
There are, of course more benefits to living a healthy lifestyle that are not listed. If you can offer a few, don’t hesitate to leave in the comments.
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