This past weekend we visited with some of our family. One of our sons and his wife (our daughter-in-law) are both chiropractors. As we discussed our health, our concerns, and our diet, our son said, “Just because you’re not sick doesn’t mean you’re healthy.” He continued the theme with a surprising report from health providers. Patients presenting themselves as vegans are surprised to discover how unhealthy they are. How can vegan be unhealthy?
It depends on your definition of vegan.
Most vegans agree that avoiding animal meat and animal products define their diets. After that definition, agreements vary. Some vegans avoid vegetables, fruits, nuts, and other options in exchange for processed food with little or no nutritional value. Here is where our son’s statement rings true.
So how do you know if you are healthy or not?
Working with a health professional who monitors your blood work, reviews your diet, and recommends nutritional supplements if needed can assist you in your quest for optimal health. Connect with others striving for the same goal to share recipes, experiences, successes, and challenges. Share and post this blog what works for you.
Be healthy – not just “not sick.”
The American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology changed the standards for who should be taking these cholesterol-lowering drugs on Tuesday, November 12, 2013.
How come so little emphasis is being placed on diet and exercise, instead a focus on controlling the effect of improper diet and inadequate exercise? It seems as if we gave up on one another.
In retrospect, I would have made this week’s recommendation first – but here we are. And the process of forming this blog is to find out what works and what doesn’t work.
Continuing with the theme of not eliminating items from your current diet, let’s add a morning ritual to the fruit. This week, purchase seven lemons. Before you eat one serving of fruit first thing in the morning for seven days, cut one lemon and squeeze half the lemon into at least 12 ounces of water. Drink your lemon water before you shower or do anything else to get ready in the morning. Then, continue with your one serving of fruit before you drink your coffee or tea, before you have breakfast cereal, bagel, donut, or anything else. If you don’t normally eat breakfast, then every day, drink your lemon water and eat one serving of fruit before you eat or drink anything else that day. Chew each bite of your fruit serving, counting to twenty before you swallow. The extra time allows your system to produce the necessary enzymes to help digest the fruit.
Again, this week’s suggestion is to not change anything in your current diet – do not eliminate or modify any portion of your normal diet. You may be wondering – why did I need seven lemons if I’m only using half of one in the morning? Check out the video and you will hear why you want to drink the other glass of lemon water later in the day!