One of the most important things you will ever learn about what to eat and what not to eat is this: If you get the balance between omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids in your diet under control, you can expect to enjoy good health. If you don’t, expect the opposite.
Since the Japanese tsunami and the trouble at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, the question of radiation in seafood seems to plague a lot of folks … unnecessarily. The biggest dangers appear to be in our mind.
For a nutritionist, understanding what constitutes a healthy diet is fairly straightforward. Understanding how to help a client make the choice to adopt a healthy diet is more difficult. Understanding how to facilitate an entire community to choose a healthy diet is one of the more important and pressing challenges of our time.
Three acclaimed speakers at a recent conference agreed that when it comes to feeding our children nutritious foods and keeping them as healthy as possible (both of which are lacking) we have no one to blame but ourselves. Though there are healthy foods and healthy lifestyle options out there, as parents and adults (supposed models of good behavior), we’ve become spineless puppets.
How is it that so many of us make choices we acknowledge are at odds with our best interests? The simple answer is: We don’t. Our unhealthy choices are in fact consistent with our interests at that moment.
Did you eat today? If so, you can thank a farm worker. For every tomato and head of lettuce you put in your shopping cart this spring, there is a farm worker in California, Texas, Washington, Florida, Oregon and North Carolina who handpicked it for you. And if the food wasn’t grown organically, there is a good chance a farmworker and a child was exposed to harmful pesticides.
In the beginning, there were no food labels, only the earth and the sky. But God wanted more, so on the third day He said, “Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.” And it was so.