First Official Blog Post!
OMG, we're really doing this! First and foremost, I'm sending very special thanks to Karen and Erica for blindly jumping in when I said, "I have an idea for a podcast..."
And together we thank you, Dear Reader, for however you got here...via a friend, a tweet, or an accidental stumbling. Our podcast will be launching soon and we hope you'll listen regularly and subscribe! In the meantime, please enjoy these blog posts.
We're so thrilled to have you join us on this adventure to better health.
Let's start with my favorite subject: FOOD!
It's everywhere, it affects everything we do, and we can't live without it. Food is such a huge part of our lives and means different things to different people. Food is love, sustenance, caring, bonding, celebration, medicine, culture-sharing, seduction, reward, experimentation, tradition, guilt, and obsession. Suddenly, Grandma's meatloaf recipe takes on a whole new meaning, doesn't it?
Food is also big business. In 2017, more than $28 million was spent by food lobbyists bent on convincing our government that their clients' food, good or bad, should be available to us. In that same year, $199 billion was spent on advertising to convince us to buy various foods. Is it any wonder that we're bombarded with conflicting information about what's healthy? We've never had more choices nor more volume available in our food supply and yet, our country's never been so malnourished. Diabetes, obesity, hypertension, heart disease, inflammation and digestive issues in general are at an all time high. Obviously, we're not getting what we need from what we eat.
Should you be a vegan, a vegetarian, an ovo-lacto vegetarian, a pescatarian or an omnivore? Should you go organic, gluten-free, sugar-free?
What about grass-fed, raw food, junk food-free, portion-controlled?
How 'bout just saying "screw it!" and eating whatever the hell you like?
I don't know. Really. I don't know. You've gotta find what works for you. It's up to each of us to pay attention to how our bodies react to what we eat. And a little honesty goes a long way here...you know that food coma you're in after your binge-of-choice is your body asking you to please stop that nonsense. You know bloodwork doesn't lie. Only you know how dedicated you can be to any long-term, lifestyle choice because diets are temporary.
Feeling healthy, happy and strong because of what we eat should be everyone's goal, but how we get there will be different for each of us. Here's what I do know... we all need a lot more information in order make the right choices for ourselves and for our families. And not just with our food, but also with the things we do to improve our fitness, our looks and our mental health.
So, keep an open mind and let's see what we find...