Words to Live By:
Eat Food. Not too much. Mostly fruits and vegetables.
What is Food?
Funny, isn’t it, that we actually have to qualify what we mean by “food?” The fact is, much of what lines the shelves in grocery stores is so highly processed, that our ancestors wouldn’t even recognize it as food. Food is nourishment, of course. The food that best serves our needs is that which is processed minimally. “Whole foods” are foods that are closest to way that they appear in nature. Eating an apple, for instance, is better than eating apple sauce that you might find in the grocery store; and if you had to choose between apple sauce and apple juice, apple sauce is by far a better choice. The more food is processed, the less its nutrients are retained. Organic foods are foods that are certified as being grown a certain way, avoiding the harmful pesticides that sometimes show up in foods that are not grown organically. To the extent that it is economically feasible for you, we recommend choosing organic foods whenever possible.
Here are rules of thumb to help you in your efforts to eat healthfully:
- If your great grandmother or other distant relatives would not recognize it as food, don’t eat it!
- Read the ingredients on food labels. If you can’t pronounce any of the words, don’t eat it!
- Shop on the periphery of the supermarket and avoid the center aisles as much as possible. The periphery is where the whole foods tend to be—fruits, vegetables, beef, chicken, lamb, fish, etc.
How to Lose Weight without Really Trying
Losing weight is simple. That does not mean, however, that it’s necessarily easy. It’s simple in that if you stick to the idea of eating good food—not too much—with a special emphasis on lots of fruits and vegetables, the weight should come off.
Wishing you the best of health.
Your Beaverton Chiropractors,
The Drs. Pierce