“Mommy, What’s wrong with him?”
This girl couldn’t have been more than 5 or 6 years old. She could’ve been asking about anything. Her mom was a little bit embarrassed because they were at the mall and the little girl was looking at a severely obese man huffing and puffing after only a few steps.
I know the topic of health may be boring and there’s some resistance to it because it requires a shift in sometimes decades ingrained habits and decision-making. But it’s critical to living the best life you can. Or if fear motivates you more ask yourself, “Is being in the hospital or an assisted living place what I want for my future?” Nobody knows the future but you can take steps to stack the odds in your favor.
You “Blobbing Out”?
If you’re like me, the writers here at The Write Room, or most of the Western world you’ve got a big problem our caveman (and cavewomen) ancestors didn’t have…sedentary work. So many of us work in offices or out of our homes and sit in chairs all day long. This combined with the Western world’s processed food, whole grains, tons of added sugars and artificial sugars, over emphasis on animal products, and general lack of vegetable, fruit and superfood intake has led us down a terrible road.
Forget the Zombie Flicks
The biggest worry isn’t that a flesh eating zombie virus will spread around the world in 28 days. We’ve already got a massive and seemingly contagious disease overwhelming us…diabetes. According to diabetes.org over 1/3 of Americans are diabetic or prediabetic. And those numbers are increasing. Diabetes has a cascading effect causing a host of other problems.
Diabetes Hits Home for Me
My granddad suffered the pain, tingling, destruction of his balance because of dead nerve endings in the bottoms of this feet, and a host of other problems because of diabetes. I can’t pin the sole blame for his death on diabetes. But it was a huge contributor factor. Seeing my great grandma “taken away” by Alzheimer’s was the only more painful transformation I’ve had to watch a loved one go through.
But diabetes is just one of the problems caused by our atrocious eating habits.
Obviously, if you’ve been “battling the bulge”, feeling fatigued for years, or grappling with other health issues we probably won’t solve them in one article. But the beauty of it is we don’t have to. If you could just take that one step, even if it’s only a small step, toward better health then I’ve made a positive impact on your life, which is one of my life’s goals.
Ever since my earliest playing days of youth league baseball and up through high school football I’ve rigorously studied health and the latest research studies. It was critical to my performance to have top quality nutrition and training.
The marketing you see emphasizes convenience, animal products, and above all high profit food products. These are almost always disastrous to your health, metabolism, blood sugar and your internal organs. Food labels can seem very misleading for 2 big reasons:
1. Multiple servings in one bottle
2. Unpronounceable ingredients
Quick tip: become a label reader. It takes all of 5 seconds to see how many grams of sugar are in one serving. Then check the bottle or box to see how many servings it contains. If the label contains more than 6 or 7 ingredients and some unpronounceable ingredients I recommend letting the grocery store shelf troll have it back. Because trolls are the only ones who should be consuming that stuff.
I was looking at a 20 ounce bottle the other day that had 28 grams of sugar and 2 1/2 servings in that one bottle. So this one bottle of supposedly healthy fruit juice had 70 grams of sugar!
Doctors “In the Know”
Most doctors “in the know” recommend no more than 25 g of fructose (one of the two main types of sugar, the other is glucose) per day. And maybe 25 to 50 grams of glucose in addition. Most Americans are getting hundreds of grams of sugar per day. I routinely talk to clients who are getting 300 g to 500 g of sugar per day or more. Is it any wonder why diabetes is running rampant?
Liquid death may be a little overly dramatic but all types of sugary drinks from those favorite sodas, favorite “fruit juices” that have 5% REAL FRUIT juice and the rest “natural flavoring”, ice coffees, mocha lattes, frappucinos, and more are contributing a whopping 20% to 33% of the average American’s daily calories.
And this is the worst type of sugar… liquid sugar. This takes your digestive system almost no time to break down. So it almost instantly goes into your bloodstream spiking your blood sugar. Your pancreas then surges its insulin production. Go through this cycle many times and you develop insulin resistance which leads to diabetes.
The Whole-Grain Myth
Whole grains are touted by these supposed authority sources we trust. But the “whole wheat” of today is not the same whole wheat as our great grandparents in the 1950s and 1960s. It’s been genetically altered, spliced, and its chromosomes have gone from 14 to 48 in the most commonly available form of wheat today which is called dwarf wheat. After reading Dr. William Davis M.D.’s wonderfully enlightening Mega best-selling book “Wheat Belly”, I’m more convinced than ever you deserve to replace the grains you eat. Dr. Davis did multiple tests showing even whole grains spike your blood sugar as much or more than glucose. That astounded me!
The Hamburglar Comes for You
Like the Hamburglar steals hamburgers, grains and sugars steal the trim figure you once were or would like to see in the mirror. At least the Hamburglar leaves nothing behind. Unfortunately, grains and sugars leave behind layers of fat causing you to wonder why that figure you see in the mirror looks like someone else.
So what’s the solution?
Obviously, I don’t want to be a Donnie Downer getting you all depressed with fear mongering. We’ve got plenty of politicians and mainstream news media to do that for you.
Up to 90% of how energized you feel and how trim that character you see in the mirror is comes from your eating plan.
I bet you thought from that sedentary section above I was going to recommend you immediately start exercising at least 60 Minutes per day using a rigorous P90X or Insanity Workout style plan. But that just isn’t the case. Yes, exercise does provide many health benefits to your cardiovascular system, your breathing, your brain function, and many other areas of your health. But…
Energy and Weight
But for energy and weight loss nutrition is where it’s at. So here are my 4 recommendations.
 Dark Chocolate
 Kale – Romaine Lettuce – Spinach
Just eat 1 of these food items 3 times or 4 times per week and you’ll start feeling better. Any upgrade is going to help. As a general rule if you eat more vegetables (especially leafy greens which are the most nutrient packed foods on the planet), fruits, nuts and seeds your health will improve.
If you make the glorious decision to take one simple step and just do one of my recommendations then congratulations. You’ll find as you do one for a little while it’ll be easy to take one step from there. Once you’ve added a second one each single upgrade you make will be easier than the last. And you’ll feel better than you have in decades and within a few weeks or 3 to 4 months you may not even recognize that “movie star” character you see in the mirror.
I’m glad to answer your questions or talk with you via the comments below. So leave your comment or question because you never know who else you might be helping.
Clint Evans is 1 of the editors at Hip Chick Fitness http://hipchickfitness.com/. If you’re looking to melt fat using natural, healthy nutrition methods then grab his best-selling book “Get Down to 150″ http://www.amazon.com/Get-Down-150-Exercise-ebook/dp/B00AF1CRA0.