Seniors need to learn healthy eating guidelines probably even more than any other demographic to lead a long, healthy life.
You probably don't think that is right. You probably guessed that the most suspect demographic would be teenagers, right? How many teenagers do you know who are healthy eaters?
Washing down popcorn and hot dogs with a coke isn’t healthy? Well, that’s a surprise – if you’re a teenager!
Since you now have a few decades of life under your belt, chances are you have discovered that healthy eating choices do have a definite impact on how you feel and, sooner or later, how you look. Do you ever look back longingly on the things you used to eat with apparent immunity? Then again, maybe there were consequences to your eating choices but, at the time, you didn’t realize it.
Thankfully, our bodies can take quite a bit of abuse and are still able to recover and repair themselves. But as the years roll on, they begin to lose the ability to recuperate and heal.
This means that following healthy eating guidelines becomes more vital to maintain or, in some cases, improve, our healthy lifestyle as we age. At this stage in life, taking your health for granted is a luxury you can ill afford.
Problem solved? Not quite. The next question is: Where can I get dependable healthy eating guidelines? An easy, common sense answer, consider this:
• Go simple
• Go natural
A safe and obvious method. Whichever direction you choose to go, keep these two principles in mind: aim for simple and natural.
So, just what is simple? Simple means more basic foods with additives kept to as low as possible, which might mean fewer condiments. Natural means plant-based foods or foods from the garden.
A few years ago, the most comprehensive study on the relationship between diet and health that has ever been conducted was completed. The study was set up by the cooperation of three universities, Cornell University, the University of Oxford, and the Chinese Academy of Preventative Medicine.
The results of the study were published in a book by T. Colin Campbell PhD, a nutritional biochemist who specializes in the effect of nutrition on long-term health. Colin has authored over 300 peer review research papers on the subject, and two books, Whole Foods (2013) and The China Study. The electronic version of the book is available on Amazon for less than $10.
₁ Nutrition represents the combined activities of countless food substances. The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
₂ Vitamin supplements are not a panacea for good health.
₃ There are virtually no nutrients in animal-based foods that are not better provided by plants.
₄ Genes do not determine disease on their own. Genes function only by being activated, or expressed, and nutrition plays a critical role in determining which genes, good and bad, are expressed.
₅ Nutrition can substantially control the adverse effects of noxious chemicals.
₆ The same nutrition that prevents disease in its early stages can also halt or reverse it in its later stages.
₇ Nutrition that is truly beneficial for one chronic disease will support health across the board.
₈ Good nutrition creates health in all areas of our existence. All parts are interconnected.
Clearly, the best weapons we have against disease and sickness is good nutrition. It is in your best interest to feed your body the best, most nutritious foods that are available.
A great place to get these foods is in your garden or the produce section of your grocery store.