The Power of Good Nutrition.
If you’re like most Americans, you choose meat, accompanied by a potato or grain and a vegetable. These are probably the choices most of your neighbors and friends are eating, and are like the favorite foods that your parents fed you when you were growing up. You may be surprised to find yourself in the shape you’re in, carrying a little extra weight or swallowing pills each morning, despite your best efforts at doing the right thing. You might be just like me.
Six years ago, despite regular exercise and plenty of sleep, I was diagnosed with pre-diabetes and elevated cholesterol. I took an honest look at my supposedly healthy diet, and suggested some changes to my doctor. However, he didn’t think diet had any impact on disease. Despite his opinion, I changed my diet and cured my conditions!
Maybe you have asked your doctor about weight loss, like the two-thirds of U.S. adults that are overweight or obese. Unfortunately, if you are asking your doctor for advice about nutrition, chances are you already know more than your doctor.
If you were to get a sunburn, you wouldn’t cover it with makeup and continue sun exposure. Tweet this!
Too often, that is exactly what the medical establishment does.
Medicine doesn’t treat the causes of disease, it treats the effects.
Hypertension, diabetes, and high cholesterol get their separate pills, with the focus remaining on treating the symptoms instead of the “What do you eat for dinner?” whole of the problem.
Despite the array of pills, we have at our disposal, and the exorbitantly high costs of health care, Americans are not any healthier. Tweet this!
Medicine is terrific at managing trauma and acute surgical conditions like appendicitis, but the rates of chronic diseases like obesity, diabetes, and hypertension are only increasing over time. Nutrition and lifestyle change the expression of genes that cause health or disease outcomes, by turning on healthy genes or suppressing diseased genes. Of course, no diet can repair a broken neck. Within the realm of lifestyle modification, however, nutrition plays the biggest role in gene expression- over sleep, relationships, and exercise.
Personally, I do find some foods irresistible; this is exactly the way the highly profitable processed food industry wants it. Farmers get very little of our food dollars today; most of the profit in food is going to large food processors and restaurants that layer whole foods with sugars, salt, and fats to make them too good to be true. If you find yourself dreaming about foods that you know are not good for you, you are certainly not alone. Addiction to food means that despite knowing it is bad for you and knowing that you don’t need it, you keep eating it anyway.
Addiction means that the craving is controlling your behavior. Tweet this!
However, you can reset your addictive centers in your brain to desire the delicious, nutritious, healing foods.
Every day I hear grateful testimonials about the healing power of whole, plant-based foods that I’ve prescribed to my patients. The overall power of their combined experience is substantial. Eating whole, plant-based foods results in a decreased risk for cancer, Alzheimer’s, and heart disease.
Avoiding meat is also associated with a nice reduction in body weight. The average vegan is 40 pounds lighter than the average American. Tweet this!
Good nutrition reduces disease, increases energy levels, restores ideal body weight, preserves the environment, and slows global warming. We are used to prescription drugs having a long list of potential side effects that are seemingly unrelated to the primary indication for the drug. With nutrition, we can prescribe an intervention that will treat the root cause of disease, with side effects we can enjoy.
We truly can change the course of our health, just by changing our dinner.
If you need help, reach out to me
Thanks for joining me; have a wonderful day.
Dr. Mary Clifton
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