The Power of Whole Foods

Diet and health have a very direct relationship. Our body’s ability to function is affected by the fuel we choose to consume.  Thus, it is essential we are knowledgeable in the quality of various foods.  Processed, highly refined substances are, in fact, hardly foods at all; rather, chemicals have been created and mixed together, made appealing, and tested for their safe consumption.   Read the ingredients on a food label (Tip: If a food has a food label, avoid it. It is likely not whole); the ingredients are not various foods mixed together but literally chemical names.

The irony is that while these processed substances are passed as edible and safe, they are deadly. In fact, these foods are the leading cause of death in America. Cardiovascular disease claims approximately 81,100,000 lives every year.  Both the tragedy and the beauty of this statistic is that Cardiovascular disease is largely preventable. 80-90% of most cancers are lifestyle based which means that 80-90% of cancer risk is preventable!

A whole foods life is the answer.

Whole foods are foods that are unprocessed and unrefined, or processed and refined as little as possible before being consumed.  Typically whole foods are fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Unlike processed substances, whole foods contain vital nutrients and essential protection from disease.  The nutrient per calorie density is extremely high. In other words, whole foods contain a high number of nutrients per calorie. As whole foods are incorporated into one’s lifestyle, quality of life increases; the body can heal itself of previous chronic conditions, protect itself from disease, and function optimally.

“Never before has there been such a mountain of empirical research supporting a whole foods, plant-based diet. People are beginning to sense the need for change and are beginning to question some of the most basic assumptions that we have about food and health- and are changing their lives for the better.” The China Study, T. Colin Campbell


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