posted on Nov, 29 2016 @ 08:27 PM
First off, I suppose I need a disclaimer. This advice is not meant to replace advice of a physician, it is not intended to diagnose, cure, or prevent
any diseases, the material within this post is simply my opinion on how to be healthier, you as an individual can take it how you want, and better
yet, study up for yourselves as well and make the decisions you believe to be best for your own body and health.
We live in a crazy world these days - Dieting fads change every year, the "scientific evidence" seems to support so many different points of view (
Well, more like people will skew trials, take them out of context and such for their own benefit - but that's another topic. ) Should we eat a high
fat, low carb diet? Should we eat a low fat, high starch/vegetable diet? What about protein, is fructose good or bad?
You're not likely to find too clear an answer - There's scientifically backed evidence for so many different view points that it can make a persons
head spin wondering just what to follow. Due to this, I've decided to follow no one - And just listen to my own body and intuition, and make common
sense decisions regarding my health. I would like to share some of these health decisions I've been making over the last year or two, health
decisions I really believe could benefit anyone willing to give any one of them a try. So, without further ado, here's some suggestions.
1. Eat lots of vegetables - Most of us are lacking these in our diet, and they have much needed nutrients and fiber.
2. Eat plenty of fruits - Whole fruits rather than juices, as well as berries which many are super good for you with their vitamin and
Combining the advice from 1 and 2, make your meals colorful! Colorful and meals of variety are often quite healthy.
3. Start exercising, or exercise more if you do not enough - Research shows just 30 minutes of moderate exercise, like brisk walking, a day, can have
great positive effects on your health.
4. Reduce your added sugar intake - Candy bars, soda, pastries, snacks of all kinds are simply not good for us. Moderation will help your health in
good ways, while elimination will benefit you greatly.
5. Don't go overboard. Diets that completely restrict an entire nutrient, such as fat, or carbohydrates, or an entire food group such as meat or all
oils, are just extremes. They are fads, and while they may work for a time for some people for various reasons, they are not nearly as often
sustainable, enjoyable, and realistic.(and often times unhealthy!) - This is not to say some people cannot work this out, it's just to say the more
realistic, enjoyable way to do things are to be smart about your food choices, but not go to any extremes.
6. Reduce your sodium intake, increase your potassium intake. - Especially in America, this is a major issue, the guidelines I've written thus far
should help in this aspect, but some of this comes down to reading labels as you never know what's hiding in your food. We are meant to get several
times more potassium than sodium, while the average diet works the other way around.
7. Supplement - But know your supplements. This one is a bit tougher as the health-food and supplement market is a multi billion dollar industry, and
they'll do anything to have you believe something is amazing for you. Dr. Oz is the worst when it comes to blowing animal studies out of proportion
and implying they apply to humans in the exact same way - Companies do these type of things all the time. Supplements I can honestly suggest from all
my research, though, include Fish oil, Garlic, Curcumin, magnesium - Iron is often needed by females as well. Obviously your diet and personal health
situation may add or subtract items from this list - Be careful here, though.
8. Experiment and learn. How do you feel after eating brown rice with veggies? A triple berry smoothie in the morning? A steak, bean, and pepper
burrito? Just examples of things I enjoy and know I feel good after eating - While I also know how I feel when I eat a bad meal like cheeseburgers
with a soda, or pizza and the like - It's not to say I won't enjoy these foods from time to time, I just know the long term effects of something
that makes me feel less than 100% temporarily, isn't likely to be good for the long term, either.
Anyways, that's what I believe on the manner. Let me know what you have to add, what you'd like to debate, discuss, etc - I am certainly not just a
beacon of truth or anything, but just a person learning more and more as time goes on, and wishing to share my experience with others, while realizing
others may have a different experience I could very well learn from..
So how about it, what's your health suggestion(s) for me?