I’m a hypochondriac. Just ask my wife! The upside is that my concerns about staying healthy have actually made me more productive when it comes to making decisions about diet and nutrition.
The more I read about our food supply and US Agriculture, the more it becomes clear that the massive amount of chemicals, antibiotics, pesticides, growth hormones, GMOs and sugar used in processed foods are slowly but surely destroying our health. Today, nearly 157 million people are obese or overweight. Instances of Heart Disease (CVD), Diabetes Type II, and various forms of Cancer are on the rise, year after year after year.
When the National Institute of Health provides the statistic that approximately 65% of the human population has a reduced ability to digest lactose after infancy, yet the USDA 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans calls for us to consume 1/5th of our daily calories from dairy*, you have to wonder if the left hand knows what the right hand is doing!
Frustrated and fed up, we search for the latest diets. Unfortunately, many of these so-called ‘weight-loss’ programs or fad diets are not only unhealthy, but also unsustainable over the long term.
So. What is the solution?
Professor T. Colin Campbell an American biochemist who specializes in the effect of nutrition on long-term health The China Study, Forks Over Knives), has researched this for more than 45 years now. He concluded the following: <em>if we keep animal-based protein intake at less than 5% daily, our body’s chances of developing cancerous tumors dramatically decrease</em>. That said, you stack the deck even more in your favor if the fruits and vegetables you consume are organic!
So, I designed LifeBoostFit’s Recommended Dietary Guidelines based on way of eating that is healthy and sustainable for the long run. If we want quality of life, there is no magic pill, no quick weight-loss program, no easy fix. There is, however, a pathway to health which, if we choose to follow it, can lead us to quality of life into our golden year.
If you do eat meat, the quality of meat is an important factor. Your best bet is to consume meat approved by the AGA (American Grass Association).
If you eat fish, Wild Alaskan Salmon or smaller fishes are best. Smaller fish have less mercury content. Avoid farm-raised fish.
If you eat eggs, eat only USDA approved products.
Watch out for the following names are all synonymous with refined sugar:
Sucrose, Fructose, Glucose, Maltose, dextrose, Maltodextrin, Hydrolyzed starch, Invert sugar, corn syrup, cane sugar, sugar beets, high fructose corn sweetener, maple sugar, molasses, evaporated cane juice, HFCS (High Fructose Corn Syrup)