Lifestyle Choices, Nutrition & Quality Supplements
Think back to the time of your great-grandparents. What types of food did people eat back then? For the most part they ate what they could grow on their land or what they got locally from a Farmer's market or some other community-based food supply. So what happened to our food? Why are so many of us sick, overweight and tired?
What Happened To Real Food?
Food use to be real- the fresh, natural, whole food that God created that spoils and goes bad in a few days if you don't eat it. That's actually how real food was meant to be. Remember how God fed the children of Israel manna each day while they were in the wilderness? Couldn't put that in a box on a shelf and eat it later. So what happened? Where did the cereals, pastries, cookies, sandwiches, chips, burgers, fries, soft drinks, and all of this other fake food come from?
The S.A.D. American Diet (Standard American Diet)
Convenience and catering to the fast-paced, consumption-oriented society we have become, particularly over the last 50 years. Fake food did not exist in earlier times other than an occasional candy treat at the local mercantile store. As manufacturing and distribution capabilities increased, profit-oriented individuals and organizations began designing and producing foods that lasted longer than three days and could be transported from where they were made to locations far away where they would be purchased and consumed. Turned into big business. In time fake foods were designed to be addictive appealing to pleasure centers in our brain, much like cigarettes become addictive to the smoker.
As our culture became more consumption-oriented we found ourselves working more and more to pay for the things we consumed like fancier cars, bigger homes and other "upgrades" we deemed essential to our modern lifestyle. With less time, we turned to convenience for what was formerly family meal-time with meals prepared and consumed at home. No longer time for shopping and cooking. Less family homes- more people living alone so why bother with cooking for so few? Microwaves and drive-through windows became our savior. Grab something to go and quench the appetite cravings quickly while you focus on more important things. How S.A.D.
Poor Nutrition and the Explosion of Chronic Disease
Today in the United States almost 2/3 of the adult population is overweight. 1/2 of the population has one or more chronic diseases. Obesity alone costs Americans $147 billion each year.1 Most of us are stressed out and tired trying to keep all of the balls we are juggling from falling to the ground. We are not meant to live like this. The foods we are consuming are literally killing us. They have little or none of the micronutrients our cells require. They are loaded with chemicals designed to make the food last longer and to appeal to our brain's pleasure center as tasting great. This temporary "satisfaction" leaves us starving for real nutrients and inflames our immune system which has to fight off all of the foreign, fake substances we routinely digest. We need real nutrition that only comes from real food.
The reason we are overweight, tired and sick so often is primarily because of the processed food we are eating which is creating disease in our bodies.
So What Do We Do About It? Simple!
1. Eat More Natural Whole Food and Less Fake Processed Food
You don't have to go on some fad diet of raw carrots and tree bark that will make you miserable. Just start slowly substituting one unhealthy food or beverage for something healthier and then observe how you feel after a few days or a week.2 For example, instead of a soda or fancy sugary coffee drink, have a glass of water or black coffee, hot tea, or some other healthier alternative. Maybe skip the bread or dessert during a meal. Or substitute a fresh vegetable for a starch such as potatoes or pasta. So good so far? Then try that a few more times each week. You will likely find that you begin feeling better, sleeping better, having more energy, and loosing some fat.
Our body is designed to heal naturally when we feed it correctly. Gradual lifestyle changes over time produces amazing results- both good and bad. Depends upon whether the change is a healthy or unhealthy choice.
It is our choice!
Here's a great, affordable grocery shopping list of real, whole foods you can get at any grocery store. Forget about the myth that eating healthy costs too much. Here's proof that it doesn't. Need some ideas on how to prepare great-tasting meals using healthier foods? Try our Healthy Living Whole Foods Cookbook.
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2. Add Quality, Nutritional Supplements to Your Daily Diet
Supplements are meant to help us get the nutrition we are not getting from our S.A.D. A great place to start is with a quality Multivitamin. For immediate benefit with the gradual diet changes recommended above you might consider a daily meal replacement by adding a great-tasting, low-carb, low-calorie protein shake. You can also easily add more vegetable greens to your diet with a Power Greens drink or vegetable capsule that provides a healthy dose of nutrients in a single serving.
1 Obesity Facts: Kimberly Holland, https://www.healthline.com/health/obesity-facts#2
2 The Whole Foods Diet, Elaine Magee, MPH, RD, https://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/features/the-whole-foods-diet#1
Jay Todtenbier is an original founder of SupplementRelief.com in 2010 and has operated the business ever since. Formerly he spent 25 years in business development, technology and marketing with startups, and well-established organizations having gone through the tech boom of Silicon Valley in the 90s. He became passionate about, and began studying and practicing Wellness as a Lifestyle, after experiencing chronic, personal health challenges, including auto-immune diseases, and being overweight, that impacted his ability to live a healthy, vibrant life. Since then, he has been passionate about encouraging others to live better through whole-foods nutrition, stress management, reasonable exercise, and the use of targeted, high-quality supplements.
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Common Sense for Living a Healthier Life
An estimated 95 percent of the world's population suffers from some type of medical condition according to recent reports from the healthcare sector. More than a third live with as many as five simultaneous health issues.1 At the same time, one in four people currently suffer from a mental illness, and this number is expected to increase during the years to come.
Healthy Living Whole Foods Cookbook
Many people know "what" to do to be healthy, but HOW do you do it? One of the best ways we have found is to show people how we eat as a family. This customizable, whole foods cookbook features two hobby chefs! Sara Kosmiski is an amazing RAW foods expert, and Libby Wright shares good foods for beginners in healthy cooking. We hope you enjoy these recipes and encourage you to share them with your family and friends!
Help for Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free Living
Eliminating or minimizing Gluten and Dairy from your diet isn't necessary for everyone but some certainly benefit from making these lifestyle changes. Regardless, we all benefit from eating more natural, whole foods and less processed foods. Learn more about gluten-free and dairy-free nutrition options and take advantage of the educational resources, shopping list, and recipes.
How Antioxidants Slow the Aging Process and Help Prevent Disease
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How to Grocery Shop and What to Eat
We are what we eat. Studies from reputable health organizations suggest that 40-60% of Americans are living with one or more chronic diseases, which negatively impacts their quality of life, reduces employment productivity, and drives up health care costs.1 Lifestyle choices, in particular, the foods we choose to put into our bodies, are making us sick. However, we do have choices regarding our nutrition.
Learn practical tips for healthy and affordable grocery shopping and consider using a list similar to the recommended natural, whole foods grocery shopping list provided to get you off to a good start!
The Importance of Investing in Professional-Grade Supplements
Many consumers believe that supplements and vitamins fall into a single category of efficiency. After all, if you go to the local store and look at two bottles of the same supplement they probably have the same ingredients listed on them. What more could be involved?
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Webinar: Four Letter Word for F.O.O.D.
Facilitator Libby Wright discusses the unhealthy types of food typically consumed in the S.A.D (Sad American Diet) with participants of the Your Best Weight program. She provides alternative food choices and recipes that are nutritious and taste great along with supplement recommendations including meal replacement protein shakes.
Please enjoy the webinar. You may also wish to view or download the slides used for the presentation. We encourage you to ask questions or share your thoughts in the Discussion Forum.
When Did Food Become Our Enemy?
It could be that the primary key to health and wellbeing lay within our gastrointestinal tract. With obesity and childhood behavioral disorders at seemingly epidemic levels and our "healthcare" system lacking answers, where do we turn?
You Can Eat Healthy Without Spending More!
One of the big myths we like to dispel is to talk about the real cost of foods. Most people believe that eating healthy is a lot more expensive than eating processed. The truth is, they cost about the same. Try this experiment and see for yourself!
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