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As a professional health coach concerned with the health and well-being of my clients it is my intention to improve your well-being and longevity by using the principles of nutrition, fitness, diet, lifestyle dynamics, and anti-aging medicine.
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Remember….your quality of life is the measurement of successful living regardless of your age.
Dr. Kevin. J. McLaughlin
Clinical Director: The Vitality Project
This blog is directly related to the following article.
Ok….so what is a balanced diet anyway?
Does this imply balanced with respect to macronutrients only?
If so…what is the ideal balance?
Research has analyzed this issue many times and the answer remains illusive. The answer really is…that depends upon the individual and unique circumstances involved. The balance of macronutrients would obviously be different in a person who was obese, had poor insulin sensitivity and high levels of inflammation relative to a high-performance athlete.
It’s true that eating high concentrations of non-processed foods usually contain a higher amounts of bio-available miconutrtients like vitamins and minerals although it may be a bit of a stretch to suggest that additives and preservatives in processed foods cause an inflammatory response. In some cases this may be true…but this is usually because of high levels of added sugar, high fructose corn syrup and trans fat.
Here is where this article gets rather dicey…..
The author suggests that food is fuel and then “bad” fuel can lead to “problems and headaches” but it is fine to eat junk food and gain weight as long as you stay in a healthy range and talk to your doctor first of course….
Sure….I think it’s important to enjoy food, consume 4-5 smaller meals every day and try and establish a healthy base diet….whatever that happens to be….in this case the author also suggests that a low-acid diet is the way to go.
Firstly….most family physicians really know very little regarding nutrition or the research relating to the specific impacts it can have in human health. Secondly, although consuming treats and jink-food is fine for a finite time period….any appreciable weight-gain will be body fat and that is not a good thing especially when you consider the fact that the majority of people cannot really afford to gain any additional body fat and in most cases this net gain will be permanent. Thirdly, high acid foods like animal proteins have not really been shown to be a problem with most people. Any issues regarding animal proteins are due to the fatty acid profiles, antibiotics and hormones associated with high intakes. Consuming organic, free-range animals and game will eliminate most of these concerns. The consumption of high acidic foods is only an issue with folks who have kidney disease or low bone mineral density from metabolic disease. Fourthly the exposure of foods containing high amounts of acid are more likely derived from soda, fruit drinks and energy drinks consumed by millions every day!
“Health isn’t that strict, some of us make it that way because we enjoy it.”
Hmmm…..not sure about this claim either….most people do not take their own level of health very seriously at all and I would contend that if most people were a great deal more stricter regarding their lifestyle choices…they would be much better off.
I am in agreement with the author’s suggestion that people see a dietician and learn more about healthy eating. However, exercise has been shown to be even a more important variable in the improvement of health outcomes and prevention. If you get a copy of the Canada food guide and little mention of the role exercise has upon your own health….look elsewhere for advice.
The author suggests that “Your body doesn’t show negative signs right away, it hides damage until it’s to late”….really?
Quite to the contrary, poor lifestyle choices are showing up in our children in the form of obesity, hypertension, high cholesterol, high levels of insulin resistance and inflammation. Not to mention the effects of inactivity and poor diet have upon academic performance and future health outcomes.
The author also states that food can effect your brain in a manner that fosters reward….and that’s ok as long as you can find balance….there is that word again…..
There is no issue here with consulting your doctor and not conversing with a “health nut bodybuilder” may be helpful in some cases but food addiction is a real issue and one that most people have no chance against. Finding a balance is not the answer here….avoidance may be a much better option.
Despite my many misgivings with this article is much better than most I read on the internet.
My reaction to this article is that if you want to eat a balanced diet, full of nutrients, flavor, selection and free of junk and preservatives…there can only really be one real obvious choice. This diet is appropriate for all ages (for the most part) and addresses all the health outcomes including improvements in aging and longevity. As far as the research behind this lifestyle…it’s unsurpassed.
I am of course referring to the Mediterranean diet/lifestyle which has been around for centuries.It is only in the last decade that it has been extensively studied.
Go to pubmed.com and type in the Mediterranean diet and see what you get…almost 3500 citations!
Not convinced….type Mediterranean diet and…..heart disease, diabetes, longevity, dementia, obesity and metabolic syndrome and see what comes-up!
In my clinical opinion, healthy living starts with the Mediterranean Diet….period!