Welcome to the new paradigm. Good food promotes good health!
🍎This is a website is a "work in progress". I passionately believe that WHAT YOU EAT determines HOW YOU FEEL, and that 80% of the diseases I saw in medical practice were the result of poor lifestyle choices. I spent 30 years treating people with medical problems with medications, when I know in my heart of hearts that nutrition is the KEY to good health. I hope to use this website to help direct people to resources they can use to help them make better lifestyle choices.
My wife and I live off the fresh produce of our garden through the summer, and can and freeze produce in the fall that helps us enjoy good tasting, healthy, pesiticide-free food for much of the year. If you have even just 10 square feet of space - GROW some vegetables. If you have no space, find a farmer's market. Try to get away from fastfood, chips, sweets - get back to the earth, where good food can nourish your body and soul. There is absolutely NO DOUBT that good nutrition promotes good health. Although fresh produce is expensive off-season, choosing foods in season helps save money and save the planet. Dried legumes are easy to store, easy to process (a Crock pot is a great inexpensive investment), easy to mix into many different meals - and are a powerhouse of fiber and protein for pennies per meal.
The Mediterranean diet offers good food, good taste, and relatively easy meal preparation. It promotes fish, legumes, nuts, olive oil, vegetables - and shuns red meat, simple white carbs, sweets. With very little effort, you can enjoy delicious, colorful meals that are GOOD for you.
I believe that 80% of the serious disease I saw in my office could be prevented (or at least, delayed) with better nutrition and better lifestyles. I was very impressed with an article in Nutrition Action Newsletter in 10/09 called "What Should I Eat". I find the Nutrition Action Newsletter to be very informative, and well worth the subscription price. Another article (in the May, 2011) edition provides a lot of insight as to how we are all fooled into eating more than we should.
We as a country/world over-fish the ocean for just about 10 major species - throwing out 100 to 1000 pounds of unwanted seafood for each pound of our favorite seafood. I have included a chart of about 70 fish that you might consider instead of your favorites. Instead of cod and orange roughy, try tilapia, haddock, or pollack. Instead of snapper, try farm-raised barramundi. Instead of Atlantic halibut, try Pacific halibut (see the chart for comparison). Oysters are a good choice in general, as are clams. The Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch provides up to date information about the best seafood choices with respect to sustainability.
I tend to neglect food safety - just ask my wife. BUT it is important. The Nutrtion Action Newsletter published a very nice article about food safety - I encourage you to read this, and take it to heart. No one wants Salmonella or Listeria - for many, these illnesses are a nuisance, for some, they are deadly.