I’m always of two minds when I write about diet and health. I don’t want people to feel guilty if they are ill. But I’d like to give them hope if I can. Some diseases, like diabetes, can be reversed or prevented with a change in eating habits. That’s why I am willing to offend rather than withhold information.
Obesity is a killer. It sends silent messages to the body to increase inflammation and hormone levels, changes that lead to heart disease and cancer. According to Graham Cortez public health expert, “most cancers are not just a result of bad luck or chance… The majority are preventable.” (“Reducing cancer risk,” The Week, pg. 19.)
Never mind the opioid epidemic. Our cravings for sugar and fat lure us to dangerous new highs every day. Worse, when we ingest them, we imagine we are “treating” ourselves. Sometimes, the recipes posted on my Facebook page lead me to suspect a conspiracy of undertakers is afoot.
Living well is simple. Begin with a 30-minute brisk walk every day. Turn your back on processed meats like bacon and hot dogs. Reduce red meat to 18 ounces a week. Two-thirds of your plate should consist of veggies, fruits, whole grains, and beans. Eat lots of beans. And there are no mincing words about alcohol. It’s a recognized carcinogen. (Ibid pg. 19.)
So, when we’re talking about diet, I’ll be blunt. Follow the Mediterranean or Japanese diet. Sure, you might beat the odds, if you don’t. But it’s a gamble too many have taken and lost.
(Originally published 2/23/2018)