There was a fantastic article in the New York Times last week entitled, “Eating for Health, Not Weight” by Dean Ornish. The article stated that almost 1/2 of Americans are on a diet. Now, while calories DO count, it’s not the end all be all when it comes to what you’re putting into your body. One of my favorite lines that sums up what eating healthfully is about is the below:
What you eat affects which diseases you may develop, regardless of whether you’re thin or fat. Some diets that may help you lose weight may be harmful to your health over time.
Think about it, you know people who I call “skinny fat”. Those people who are thin, not overweight, but they eat terribly and don’t work out. The “skinny fats” are much less outwardly noticeable than people who are overweight, but it’s just as dangerous. Just like relationships or books, it’s what’s on the inside that counts!
Do It Right
To Eat whole foods that make YOU feel good. Eat more fruits and veggies, they not only have far less calories than processed foods, but they have more nutrients too. Here are some tips for eating an optimal diet for health. Keep YOUR “diet”:
- Low in unhealthful carbs (sugar and refined carbohydrates)
- Low in fat (especially saturated fats and trans fats)
- Minimal red meat and processed foods.
- High in healthful i.e. fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, soy products (VERY important in natural, unrefined forms)
- With some fish, like salmon
Check it out…you’re worth it. I want YOU to be around for a very long time!
I can see you GETTIN’ FIERCE!