Changing our Relationship to Food by Making Better Choices

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There are four major factors that influence your health and well-being from the day you are conceived until the day you die: genetics, air, water and food. While you have no ability to control genetics and limited ability to control air and water, the food you choose to eat is your decision alone. Every day of your life you make choices about what will fuel your body for the day. The quality of that food affects every touch point. Whether it includes pesticides or hormones from farm practices, or preservatives used in processing to bring it to your table, those additives become part of your nutritional circle.

I believe we are starting to see the tip of the iceberg regarding the impact of our choices. Type 2 diabetes is on the rise as is obesity and they are possibly our two most popular topics linking food to health. But they are not the only areas getting attention from the medical community.

Where the word “diet” historically suggested a change in eating habits for weight loss, diets are now being used to ease no end of physical problems. Ongoing medical research suggests that this is a theme that will grow as we better understand the relationship between food and our health.

If you take a tour around the internet today you will find, in addition to weight loss diets, diets developed to address a broad spectrum of health issues including childhood ADHD, asthma and ear infections, as well as inflammation, migraines, and the more common heart-disease, Celiac disease and diabetes. And that is just a short list of what exists today. And what’s coming tomorrow? Extensive ongoing research is evaluating the impact of diet on Alzheimer’s disease, the management of autism, Parkinson’s disease and other life-affecting medical conditions. Clearly we have a long way to go to understand how to eat better to live better.

Regardless of the stated goal of the diet, in general their guidelines are pretty consistent. Eat more fresh foods, avoid the foods that are infused with pesticides, hormones, artificial dyes, high fructose corn syrup and other additives. Eating healthier does not require only garden fresh foods, nor does it require that you abandon snack foods from your pantry. Eating healthier requires that you choose the foods for you and for your family wisely.

That’s where can help. We make it easy to find foods that meet your healthy lifestyle – those that contain no dyes or hormones, those that are gluten-free or organic, and more. We welcome you to join our community – create a profile today, and start finding better fuel for your body. Make the right choice for you.


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