With the new year for many comes a desire to make changes in eating habits. Getting on a health kick can be exciting for a while, especially when its influence begins to bring beneficial changes in how we feel. Often, however, the new regimen begins to become hard to maintain, whether because the food preparation takes longer, it requires more planning, or we begin to feel we can “slip” a little and it won’t make any difference.
I would like to propose that the best way to keep ourselves on track with diet and health goals lies in education and awareness. Remaining mindful of what we are eating does two things:
– It helps us make healthful choices
– It provides us a richer relationship with the truly good foods available to us
One great way to gain awareness is to watch the film “Food, Inc.” (available on Instant View from Netflix), which explains how big industry has changed our food supply for the worse. Yes, they are feeding many people for little money (yet themselves reaping huge rewards), but the poor quality resulting from all the processing is taking a major toll on our collective health. The images from a film like “Food, Inc.” are sure to remain vivid with you as you stand by the meat counter at the local supermarket, or browse the produce department. Thinking about where our food came from before it appeared in the market helps us establish a connection and make better decisions as to whether it is a quality product or not, and whether it will truly nourish us or simply satiate hunger!
A good documentary will often leave us seeking more knowledge on its subject….keep the quest going by subscribing to an online health newsletter such as Mercola.com, Tufts Health Letter, or the Nutrition Action Health Letter by the Center for Science in the Public Interest. Another valuable source of information is ScienceDaily.com, which has a Health & Medicine Section, as well as PubMed.gov, a government listing of medical studies conducted worldwide.
You will surely find that the more you learn, the more you realize you can’t rely on industry or regulatory agencies to look out for your health. Dig deeper on topics that interest you to find unbiased, scientifically proven information. Remain reflective and vigilant when presented with information that sounds “too good to be true” (or too good to be healthful). If we can ever be of help in interpreting information you come across please don’t hesitate to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org