Diet & Nutrition

“Let food be thy medicine and let thy medicine be food”.  —Hippocrates

Today the Standard American Diet (SAD) provides excess calories, is deficient in essential nutrients and laden with synthetic additives and chemicals.  As informed consumers many Americans are making better food and dietary choices.  The following links provide excellent information about choosing quality food and support for optimal nourishment:

The Oldways Mediterranean Diet Pyramid provides a visual and gold-standard information guide about eating for life long optimal health.  Find them at: www.oldwayspt.org/mediterranean-diet-pyramid

Organic It’s Worth It at www.organicitsworthit.org/natural/natural-vs-organic provides and excellent and short article about the difference between the labeling of ‘organic’ and ‘natural’ foods.

Pesticides are insecticides, herbicides, fungicides and other substances used to control pests.  Human health problems associated with pesticide exposures are many and impact our nervous system, brain, immune and reproductive systems.  As pesticide levels build up in tissues over time our children have the highest health risks.  To help you choose wisely and stretch your food budget dollars www.ewg.org/foodnews provides a Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in produce.

Wild fish can be an excellent source of essential fatty acids – especially omega-3’s.  Yet chemical contamination especially of mercury is a concern.  To help you to Eat Fish, Be Smart, Choose Wisely, go to www.doh.wa.gov/ehp/oehas/fish/default.htm

Curtailing Caloric Intake – as if it was that easy!  Sparkpeople.com and Lose It! are user friendly resources to help become more calorie conscious and shed some pounds.  Find them at: www.sparkpeople.com and www.loseit.com

Know Your Food and Shop Local!  At www.localharvest.org you will find organic food that is grown closest to you with listings of family farms, farmer’s markets and other sources of sustainably grown food in your area.  Let’s go to the Farmacy not the Pharmacy!

 

 

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