Wednesday, March 16, 2005

Health v2 - Five steps to improve your health

This is a lifestyle, not a diet.

1. Change the way you think about fat. Fat is good. Eliminate trans fat from your diet as much as possible.
Less: hydrogenated
More: polyunsaturated, monounsaturated fat

2. Change the way you think about carbohydrates. Carbs are good. Eliminate refined grains from your diet as much as possible.
Less: refined (white) flour, refined sugar, white rice
More: whole wheat, brown rice

3. Consume organic food, all foods. Everything else contains genetically modified organisms or chemical additives, such as antibiotics, which may be harmful due to lack of testing. Also, non-organic food is subjected to much higher volumes of pesticides, which is bad for the consumer, the field worker, and the ecosystem that the pesticides enter into via ground absorption.
Less: Genetically altered food (non-organic), hormone-altered dairy (non-organic milk, butter, yogurt, etc)
More: Organic everything

4. Go vegetarian. Consider dairy and other animal products in the light of cooperative living, rather than manufacturing and processing, and support the producers who operate in those terms. There is no need in this world to waste energy and food by harvesting other animals for their fat and muscle. The process being used today is quite cruel overall, and genetic manipulation without testing and regulations is only going to perpetuate an erroneous path.
Less: Dead animal flesh
More: Everything else

5. Exercise. Forever. Cardiological & strength. Get involved in group or community sports programs, or start one.