I began eating what I know now is a healthy diet, not to be healthier, but to look better - keep my weight down. Afterwards I realized the health benefits.
Obesity is an epidemic in the US. Magazine covers used to read, "Lose 5 pounds by beach weather." Now they read,"Lose 45 pounds by Memorial Day." With obesity comes type 2 diabetes and other health problems, costing us billions of dollars in health care. Come on people!
Just say no!
One of the blue zones in the world, a place where there are more centenarians than in most other places, is Okinawa. On this island, the Japanese people have cultivated a habit over the centuries. They quit eating when they are 80% full. We Americans don't know when that is, because we are so out of touch with our bodies.
When was the last time your body signaled hunger to you? Not mouth hunger, but the pangs in the stomach that said, "Feed me something." Probably never. We eat at home, in our cars, in gas stations, at ballgames, anywhere there is food we find it, like raccoons or bears in the wild.
Why not begin loving yourself and your family enough to cut back a bit? Eat fresh, unprocessed foods, and instead of a plate that is all beige, put different colors on it. The more colorful your choices, the healthier the food.
When I was growing up, I lived to eat. Not today. Join me in eating to live. Let your food be your medicine and your medicine be your food.