A healthy lifestyle, including the food you eat, will condition how you live your life.
The food you eat will have a considerable impact on your health. I would like to tell you about my conversion to a healthier lifestyle.
I was raised in Holland on a diet of white bread, butter, eggs, cheese, and marmalade. In the evening we had potatoes, meat, and vegetables. Apart from that, Mother baked gorgeous cakes. Now looking back, I realize that this type of food is not what I would consider healthy.
Spending my youth in various European countries, I ate the foods typical of those places. In 1975, I moved to Spain where I modified my way of eating to fit the Mediterranean diet. Butter was out and olive oil was in.
In 1986, I stopped working as a tour guide and retired to my old farmhouse in the country. That was when I started thinking about what food was actually doing to me. I made healthy changes like lots of mixed salads and had my own chickens so I ate healthy eggs. Still, I went in the wrong direction when I changed to full grain bread instead of white and to soy products instead of yogurt.
For about a year, I have been following Dr. Mark Hyman and his recommendations on healthy eating. I love his videos when he answers a question submitted by one of his followers. He is an advocate for having the right fats in your diet. Fats like olive oil and coconut oil. A great quote of his is “Your fork, the most powerful tool to transform your health and change the world. He has written a number of books including one titled “Eat Fat, Get Thin”. He followed this up with the “Eat Fat, Get Thin Cookbook”. I am convinced that it does not matter how good the food you consume is if your body is full of toxins. Dr. Hyman has also written a book titled “10-Day Detox Diet”. Both of these books I highly recommend.
I also experimented with fasting cures which I started in early 1990. Since that time I have done 41 fasting cures of 9 days, not a pure water fast but based on fresh vegetable juices and vegetable soups (no solids).
Living in the country, I am blessed with having my own fruit trees (oranges, lemons, mandarins, grapefruit, figs, plums) and I also have avocados trees and a walnut tree. (The photo to the right is an organically grown orange, not a grapefruit.)
In late 2013, I got a computer and that opened a whole new world for me. When previously I had to read books, I now had the latest news on the tip of my fingers. I started to follow Master classes and Summits online. And in April 2015, I followed the “Fourth Annual Food Revolution Summit” which was presented by Ocean Robbins and his father, John (Ocean’s grandfather is the founder of the Basking Robins Ice-cream stores.) Some of the topics in this summit included discussions about blood sugar, GMOs, and organic grass fed beef.
Afterward, I started receiving Ocean’s newsletters which are very informative. You can view their website here: Food Revolution
The Annual Food Revolution Summit is normally held from April to May and you can view replays of the summit.
Another Doctor I have been following and find a valuable resource is Doctor Al Sears. He is a leading anti-aging authority. He writes that Nutritional supplements are now a requirement. He states:
“Our world has changed! In today’s environment full of genetically modified foods, hormone pumped-up livestock, and vegetables growing in over-harvested, nutrient-bankrupt soil, it is difficult to get even a fraction of the vitamins and nutrients you need from your food. You now have to eat 10 servings of vegetables to equal the nutrition of 1 serving from 50 years ago.”
He gives some very valuable insights on nutrition and offers a range of nutritional supplements to aid our goal to live a long healthy life. Check out his website here: Doctor Al Sears
I believe that we are eating too many men made foods. When you look at the labels one cannot pronounce what is written anymore. Normally apart from the basic ingredient, there are so many additives that hardly anything natural is left. That is the type of food millions of people are putting into their mouth every day, no wonder we are so sick. Mother nature provides so many eatable things, it is a shame we have turned away from her. Since 2 years I have lived Gluten free, I now bake my own bread, and also no more Soy. I take Coconut oil and milk, seeds, and nuts, lots of fruits and vegetables, some fish, beef, turkey and chicken, I should not forget the eggs from my happy chickens and I have also added Kefir and for sure I have my glass of red wine and some black chocolate.
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