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Rock Your Health: What I didn’t know then and I do know now about how to be really healthy

As a wellness professional, it is only in the last few years that I even heard about low glycemic eating and living an anti-inflammatory lifestyle. Are you familiar with those terms? This information certainly was not part of the many wellness presentations I have provided to the masses over the years. However, by chance−or probably by universal intervention−I realized there was more to learn about nutrition and its effect on the body, besides the old “food pyramid” I used to promote with great zeal.

I now know that all food is not the same, and that “low-glycemic” foods are what your body desires. Not the high carb, high sugar, processed, and artificially flavored temptations found in today’s food chain. And I also now know that restaurants are often not our friend. Their goal is to get us to love what they serve so much that we will return again and again because the taste was so spectacular.

What I didn’t know was that sugar, salt, and fat can be considered the food industry’s “gateway drugs”−keys to addicting us to what they serve so we will come back for more−and those choices are not the best for our health. I even notice now that when I order steamed vegetables as a side dish in a restaurant, they tend to be over-steamed to the rubbery stage and so over-salted that I can’t even taste the vegetables. So even when I try to order a healthy choice, the restaurant makes it unhealthy and not palatable.

I also know now that all that hidden sugar in our food creates havoc with our blood sugar and causes spikes and drops, plus sets the stage for us to become resistant to our insulin. This creates “inflammation” inside of our body, like your body is on fire inside, and is now known to be the cause of many chronic diseases. I now know that the cause of heart disease is not high cholesterol, but is inflammation. And when you add in all the toxins we are exposed to from outside, and the toxins we take in through processed foods, we are really on fire inside! We should be able to douse the flames with our natural antioxidant system, but it can’t keep up with the onslaught.

How to be really healthy

So here are some suggestions for boosting our antioxidant levels in our bodies to reduce inflammation:

  1. Reduce the toxin load on your body that creates inflammation by eating whole, natural, organic food that has not been sprayed with chemicals.
  2. Power up with high antioxidant foods like red beans, blueberries, raspberries, and apples. Check out this WebMD page for more.
  3. Eat an anti-inflammatory diet (for an example, see this food pyramid from Dr. Andrew Weil.

There is certainly much more to know about all of this but these beginning steps should get you moving in the right direction. And what I know for sure is you can be well on your journey of life−and it can start today!

Carol

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Carol Ebert About the Author: Carol Ebert, RN, BSN, MA, CHES, CWP, is a creative force for education and wellness and is a certified wellness practitioner and wellness coach, mindful coaching certification trainer, certified law of attraction facilitator, and certified nutrition advisor. She has been a bedside nurse, school health educator, college health service director, medical center wellness specialist, and mindful coach and trainer. She is now CEO of her own wellness business, www.carolebert.com. She can be emailed at carol@carolebert.com.

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