In the past many headlines and talking heads in the media have been screaming the latest news:
- We are in the midst of an obesity epidemic
- By 2030 42% of the U.S. population will be obese
- There will soon be more morbidly obese people, than those simply obese
- Health care costs related to obesity are soaring
What does it all mean? Okay, I think that answer is obvious — we have a problem, a very serious health problem. So, what will people do? They will look for a diet solution to drop pounds and either get themselves off of the obesity train, or stop themselves from ever getting onboard. Unfortunately my friends, this becomes a contributing factor to the obesity problem.
When discussing our health, the priority is to define the word diet. I am sure any dictionary will give you plenty of definitions. I will give you mine:
Diet: Whatever a person shoves into their mouth and swallows into their stomach.
You can have a good diet.
You can have a bad diet.
I guess you can even have no diet.
A diet is not something you go on or off. A diet is a way of life, and right now many are consuming a diet that is fueling the ever expanding obesity epidemic.
When I decided to take control and be responsible for my health and wellness, I chose a low carbohydrate diet. I chose this option because my father was a Type II diabetic, as was my maternal grandmother. Considering the way I was destroying my health, I was sure I was going to be a prime candidate for sticking the insulin needle into my body each day. So, I used my knowledge of physiology to choose this particular diet plan. I utilized some of the low carbohydrate, pre-packaged products, going so far as to recommend them in the first edition of my book.
However, as I progressed over the last several years, I began steering clear of pre-packaged foods all together. I started eating foods from only natural sources. I later discovered that there was a name for this type of diet; actually several:
There are communities all over the internet devoted to this type of diet, all proclaiming that this is the diet for good health — with which I agree. After taking some time to think about it, I realized in the world of different diets for health, this model can work for every diet out there. Just take a moment to think about it.
If you choose a low fat diet: eat lean grass-fed meats, poultry, seafood, fresh fruits and vegetables, all from good natural sources. Stay away from fattier meats and cage raised chicken eggs.
If you choose a low carbohydrate approach: eat any meats, eggs, vegetables and certain fruits, again all from natural sources.
If you choose calorie or portion control: the above applies as well.
If you are a vegetarian: eliminate animal products and eat locally grown or organic produce.
Perhaps, when it comes to your own diet for health, instead of worrying about labels — you should simply be — Naturally Savvy.
Aloha, Ciao and Stay Healthy,