One caveat: our longer lifespans do play a role in these numbers. But regardless, as hard as it is to believe, there appears to be a disturbing trend: we are going backward in the critical, life-and-death struggle against these terrible afflictions.
Faced with these numbers, it is impossible for anyone to ignore the role of nutrition in our health and well-being.
The result of all of the above concerns? The average American diet has meant that we are digging our graves with our knives, forks, and spoons.
So, what to do? Is there any way to cut through this fog of confusion and allow you to finally understand what is right, and what is not…in plain English?
Fortunately, the answer is a resounding "YES." A vast, vital part of the Conscious Evolution Lifestyle is you are what you eat. With that in mind, let's look at a few simple guidelines that you can put to use…not years from now, but now!
Be tough about simple sugars, bad carbs, bad fats, processed foods, and excess sodium. None of this stuff is found in nature. This goes double for the "super no-no's (candy bars, donuts, sodas, cakes, potato chips). Even world-class athletes will break down on rare occasions and have cheat days. Just keep those days to a bare minimum. Don't forget that sugar is a drug, and we can quickly become addicted to it. Stay away from fast food chains, boxed or frozen dinners, canned soup, processed meats and cheeses, and ready-made sandwiches. Once again, be tough!
Load up on fresh fruits and vegetables. For all-around health, energy, and disease-fighting, the nutrition found in fresh fruits and vegetables can't be beaten. However, don't entirely rule out frozen produce, which may be even more nutritious than some fresh produce. Why? Because frozen fruits and vegetables are frozen at their peak ripeness when they are densely nutrient-loaded. While freezing produce may cause a slight loss of vitamins, the process protects what is left. Fresh food may be shipped for long distances, depending upon the season - and thus lose much of their nutritive value. The take-away? Buy your produce fresh when in season, and frozen in the off-season. Either way, you can't go wrong.
Don't forget the importance of protein: lean meats and other sources of protein are vital to your weight-control and strength building.