Are you interested in eating for your health? When it comes to being healthy, eating well is a huge factor in ensuring that your body functions properly. When your body functions properly, it not only finds its optimal size and shape, it also fights off sickness and disease with unbelievable efficiency! Now is the time to be eating for your health. A major and often overlooked factor in cancer, diabetes, heart disease, autoimmune dysfunction, allergies, etc. is the food that we put into our bodies. What we eat is either the best and most powerful form of nourishment and medicine or a slow and effective form of poisoning ourselves. When we poison ourselves with bad foods and food-like products, conditions such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes are able to take hold much more easily.
Today, I want to show you the kinds of changes that I made a year ago in the way that I treat my body. 80-90% of what I eat falls into what I call green, whole and raw. Green, because most of my meals include different kinds of kale, spinach and lettuce. Whole, because these foods provide me with all of the nutrients and enzymes that my body needs to function correctly and efficiently. Raw, because it’s uncooked and unprocessed, allowing the most in enzyme function, without breaking down nutrients and rendering them less effective. I eat these potent and delicious salads two to three times a day.
I prepare my meals 1-3 days in advance. In a 7-cup glass bowl, I toss in a large handful of mixed greens, an equally large handful of shredded red cabbage and a medium carrot (prepped to your liking). I then add a bunch of pumpkin and sunflower seeds and I sprinkle a few raisins throughout. That is my salad. Prepped and ready for action whenever I get hungry! Some like to store a big batch in a huge bowl or in a big resealable bag. Be sure to refrigerate. These ingredients will keep for about a week, maybe longer.
When I’m ready to eat, I drizzle a bit of dressing over it. I toss the lid on and shake it til my hair’s messed up, then add a diced avocado and enjoy my super-healthy meal. I love these as is, but I can always add tomato or cucumber or mango or nuts or a variety of other healthy ingredients. Occasionally, I’ll add fish or chicken. The possibilities in eating for your health are endless!
As healthy as this meal is, it’s easy to minimize its benefits by drowning it in cheap, store-bought salad dressing. Many of these dressings include sunflower, canola or soy oils (fillers and inadequate sources of oils and fats, with plenty of useless calories) or scary-dairy, among other frightening ingredients. It’s difficult to find a decent and healthy dressing at a reasonable price even in a health-conscience community such as ours here in Boulder. With that in mind, I started making my own dressings with minimal prep and maximum health and flavor! In a 12 or 16-oz bottle, I use 4 parts olive oil and 1 part red wine vinegar. I’ll add 1/2 red onion, jalapeño, 4 cloves garlic, tsp crushed red pepper and salt/pepper to taste. Chop the onion, jalapeño and garlic or toss all of the ingredients in a food processor and blend. Add or subtract ingredients and quantities. Play with different ingredients to match your taste–mustard seed, herbs, spices!
Within three weeks of this major lifestyle change, I lost four inches around my waist. My energy was boosted, I was sleeping less and waking up more energized. Another thing–my concern for the cancer, heart disease and diabetes in my own physical body became of almost no concern! Even with those conditions and diseases in my immediate family history, in my genetics, I’m not as concerned. Why? Because my body and my immune system are up to the challenge! With chiropractic (proper nervous system function), proper eating (good nutrition) and proper exercise, among other factors, my body is handling those challenges–with flying colors and without doctors visits, without drugs of any sort and without removal of any of my body parts!
But 80% to 90% of my meals! “Doesn’t that sound a bit extreme?” you ask. That’s my form of moderation. If you’re asking me about “extreme”, this is my reply. Cancer, chemotherapy, radiation–that sounds extreme. Heart disease, heart attacks, stents, quadruple bypass surgery, heart transplants–that sounds extreme. Diabetes, insulin therapy, daily injections–that sounds extreme. Autoimmune diseases, frequent doctors’ visits, pills and pills and pills, removal of your breasts or prostate gland, other surgeries–that sounds extreme. Eating poorly is a huge factor in being sick.
“I can’t,” you say. I know–I used to say the same thing. I can’t not eat wheat or corn (bread, pasta, tortillas), I can’t give up meat at every meal, I can’t quit sugar. I cannot tell what you personally can or cannot do–what I can tell you is that I said the same thing.
I’m nowhere close to being vegan, I’m not a vegetarian either. There are plenty of vegan/vegetarian foods that are unhealthy. I enjoy a couple of beers on the weekends, maybe even a whiskey. I have a horrible sweet tooth and I still maintain a personal battle with sour gummies. I consider chicken burritos best friends–until I get to the table. I’m human–I enjoy things. I also recognize that many of the things that I enjoy can have a negative effect on me and my health if overused or abused. I realize that many foods labeled as “healthy” or even “safe” are not healthy or safe–certainly not in the quantities I used to enjoy. I enjoy my good health more than I enjoy those things. As it turns out, I also enjoy eating this newer, healthier way. My body craves the nutrition and I feel funky when I consume other things. When you talk about “moderation”, what is your definition? I have mine.
It is about cause and effect. It is not about genetics, family history, chance or luck. Treat your body well, it will respond well. Treat your body poorly, it will too. If you’re not sure how to treat your body well or if you think you might be treating it poorly, ask me! Are you eating for your health?
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Dr. Eliu Hernandez at Mountainview Chiropractic Center, 303 447 9700