We the People

These were the first three words to the Preamble of the Constitution and a siren call for the will that is needed to overcome an enormous problem American’s have, our increasing weight. The National Institute of Health estimates 300,000 American’s die annually from obesity-related reasons. The biggest obstacle we face is everywhere we look unhealthy food is staring at us. I have becomeproactive and take healthy snacks with me when I get in the car. When I need to make a neighborhood pit stop I have identified a place that has healthy good tasting food.

It is easy to feel like being overweight is the norm for humans. Well, it hasn’t always been that way, according to Robb Wolf in his book The Paleo Solution, the Original Human Diet, “our Hunter-Gatherer ancestors were powerfully built with strength and endurance on par with modern athletes.” In a paper done by Dr. Loren Cordain Ph.D. and three other colleagues, they stated that in “general, hunter-gatherers were lean and probably never obese. 

The main differences we have with our ancestors are the food we eat and our sedentary modern lifestyle. The food we eat is mainly produced by large companies that are reaping large profits by feeding us food that is processed and often harmful to us. There are a few big companies that dominate the food industry and they are referred to as Big Food. They are a trillion-dollar business. In an article in Franchise.help Matt Sena writes that the fast-food industry alone raked in 570 billion dollars globally and 200 billion in the United States in 2015. So our foes are well-armed, now let’s look at how we what can happen when we make a bad food decision.

I am always amazed at how I go two or three days without eating processed foods and then all of a sudden I get a craving for pizza or some other unhealthy food. Gary Wenk, Ph.D., author of Your Brain on Food, says that in the same way that some drugs pave the way for even harder ones, a weakness for a certain food can open the door to an avalanche of bad eating habits. He adds, “some foods are like gateway drugs”, he says. “From your brain’s viewpoint, there is no difference.” So heck now that I know what can happen when I eat a trigger food, I need to be more vigilant about what I eat.

Everything is about making choices. I recently read a book by Dr. Alberto Villodo titled, Grow A New Body. This book has helped me a lot and has gotten me to eat fewer animal products. He is very big on healthy fats such as Avocado, Nuts, coconut oil, seeds. What I have discovered is that eating healthy good tasting food does not have to be too labor-intensiveI am eating Bok Choy, which can be sauteed in minutes, as well as broccoli, and cauliflower which can be steamed in 10 minutes or so. I have been eating healthy for about 2 months and have lost about 15 pounds. My mindset is just layering one healthy meaon top of another. I have also started to exercise differently.

EXERCISE EXERCISE

Lately, I have been interval training. Interval training is where you alternate between exercising hard for a short period of time, which can be anywhere from 30 seconds, and then exercise at a less vigorous pace for anywhere from 1–2 minutes. The routines I have been doing last for 30 minutes. Interval training is considered a very good way to burn calories, more so than our traditional exercise routine of just doing a half-hour straight activity at the same pace. Interval training is thought to be similar to how our ancestor’s movements were a mix of vigorous activities followed by more scaled back activities.

So it up to us to summon up the will to defeat this epidemic we see in our country. In some small ways, it is revolutionary to change behaviors and change our lives. Like the people in the Boston tea party, we have to say enough is enough.

Published by Ron Weintraub

I am a Freelance writer, Yoga Instructor and teacher of Life Force energy meditation. Life force energy helped my change my life at age 40.

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