Have you ever wondered why people set alarms to remind themselves to take a pill but they never set alarms to remind themselves to eat?
The answer is simple. Our bodies tell us when it is time to eat. We don’t need external alarms because we have internal alarms going off already. When we don’t eat we don’t feel like ourselves. Our blood sugar drops and we get hangry. We have been eating since the day we were born. This can be a good thing and a bad thing. As much as we love food, America has a public health crisis with staggeringly large numbers of obese and overweight individuals. The World Health Organization has called this an obesity epidemic.
Having a little extra weight is not always a bad thing. I am by no means wanting to body shame or critique any body figure. I am strictly looking at this from a health perspective. Some of the best dancers I have known have had more robust figures, yet I have seen many patients have early deaths from perfectly preventable causes. There are 160 million americans who are overweight or obese. And my goal is to do what I can to help them lead healthier lives. I am not concerned about fitting into a particular size of jeans or how you look. I am concerned about how diet and activity levels are directly correlated to your overall health.
According to the CDC, 31% of Americans are living with diabetes or pre-diabetes. While diabetes may seem like a relatively harmless disease, there is a study based in the UK that claims type 2 diabetics have a decreased life expectancy of 10 years. Another example is heart disease.
Heart disease is the number one most common cause of death in America, and is directly related to our diet and activity level. Put Heart Disease and Diabetes together and they are responsible for 26.3% of all deaths in the United States, and this doesn’t even include decreased quality of life. This means that one out of every four deaths in america could potentially be preventable with diet and exercise. Now this is a large generalization and I am fully aware that not every diabetic is a diabetic because they have eaten poorly. However I would challenge you to find any other intervention that can have a larger impact on health than diet and exercise.
Eating right and exercising are the two single best things we can do for our health.
Now you may be thinking that we have medication to treat diabetes and heart disease, if there are that many deaths than are the medications not working? That is a great question, and let me answer it this way.
Most people will consume about 2,000 calories a day in food and drink. An average tablet will contain only 0.5 calories. We are able to do quite a lot with that 0.5 calories, and or medication are very good at reducing blood sugar and blood pressure, but they cannot be used alone. A blood pressure pill is considered effective if it is able to reduce your systolic blood pressure by two points. Decreasing the salt in your diet reduces systolic blood pressure by an average of 10 points.
So when it comes to what we put in our bodies it is easy to see how food can have such a large effect on our wellbeing. In America we are fortunate to be a developed country with easy access to food. Most of this food, however, is not healthy. While we do have medications and medical procedures that can and do help with these conditions, it is hard to see how taking an expensive medication every day, and having an even more expensive surgery every couple of years is better than evaluating the food we eat.
This is why we wanted to include recipes into our blog. We want to provide healthy, truly healthy alternatives to fast food. Eating healthy starts at home. So please enjoy these recipes from our home, to yours.
Veggie Fried Rice
My favorite Veggie Fried Rice recipe! 🍚
1 cup uncooked brown rice, prepared, OR 2 bags ready-rice, microwaved
1 bag (12 oz) frozen peas and carrots, microwaved
3 eggs, scrambled
1 can (15 oz) corn, no salt added
1 can (15 oz) black beans, no salt added
Reduced sodium soy sauce
And well, the rest is self-explanatory!
~Mingled Vitality, January 22, 2018