What the Health?
New year. New hope for health and wellness. New transparency in big business. Well, two out of three is not bad.
Our Health is a great place to start as we transition into 2018. We all have new goals, and health considerations rank high. Yes, health costs are escalating, in tandem with an increased risk of food related diseases, but there is hope if we are willing to make some adjustments.
To borrow from the Stoics (and a shout out to Ryan Holiday ), we just have to focus our perceptions, accept what is out of our control and direct our actions in a way that can bring about solution.
Being More Aware
Let's start with the lay of the land, the results of a broken system. After doing some research, and seeing an eye-opening documentary (What the Health ), here are a handful of facts, just give you a taste health challenges we face:
What We Can not Control
The movie goes deeper, shedding light on the dark secrets. We learn about partnerships between organizations and brands that should scream out conflict of interest . After numerous doctors and nutritionists enlighten us with the connection between meat and diabetes, we learn the American Diabetes Association is taking sponsorship dollars from meat producers and providing menu items on their website, with beef, chicken and pork! They do not seem to be interested in preventing Diabetes, as they are the millions of dollars from sponsors who supply drugs into the system. More than a handful of their sponsors are Pharm companies!
Both the American Cancer Association and the USDA seem to follow similar paths. Politics, lobbying and money; But let's not give the whole story away. What the Health Covers the bases, with more facts, stats and living examples.
Just a few more not-so-fun facts, before we consider a solution ...
We Can Take Action
The truth is, while we can not upend an entire system, we can change our diet and feel better. We can curb escalating disease. You will see results with a plant-based diet, and that myth about protein, vegetarians not getting enough is just plain false. Plants are loaded with protein; so do not let that stop you Here is a great article with over a dozen protein sources.
It's worth a try. Having been a Pescatarian for years, I'm more than a little curious to gauge the difference in eliminating fish from my diet. I certainly hope to avoid ever giving Pharma the satisfaction of needing their drugs because I did not care enough to eat better.
I know this is a tough commitment, but it's worth seeing the movie, and then you can make a more informed decision. What the Health, right?