Yes, I have have taken the long view on health all my life. That's why I can say that healthy eating and drinking habits pay off in the long run. People don't believe that what they have eaten and drinking in their early years affect them much later in their life.
That's a problem with those kids who are fed with fast food high in salt, fat, and sugar since they are three. Chronic health conditions don't develop from one day to the other. Genes only influence 20 to 30 percent in one's health. Eigthy percent is personal eating habits and lifestyle.
"Healthy food is certainly cheaper than paying for meds and treatment for chronic health conditions"
It's funny. That's something that my dad has repeated countless times since I can remember. :)
Indeed! Strawberries, and a variety of other berries, are coming in here, too. You and Carol would love to go picking berries from the nearby forests here. Then there is the season for picking mushrooms, too. All fresh and free.
I have a friend who knows a special place in the north of Finland where she picks Arctic cloudberries. They are tiny concetrates of vitamin C, and delicious.
I didn't know green tea can interfere with some meds. I once knew grapefruit juice can interfere with some. One trick for remembering to drink enough water is to put slices of an orange, lemon, or pieces of strawberries in a liter of water, keep it next to you on your desk while working. You easily drink several glasses of the naturally sweetened water, and you get some vitamins, too. :)
Thanks for the link. Interesting. I didn't know the Finnish government had gone after the food manufacturers to lower the salt consumption of the population.
From the article:
"People could point to these things and say, 'They've got too much sugar, they've got too much salt,' " Bible said. "Well, that's what the consumer wants, and we're not putting a gun to their head to eat it. That's what they want. If we give them less, they'll buy less, and the competitor will get our market. So you're sort of trapped."
It's true. Even though food manufacturers and marketers have much to be blamed for, there is nothing than being responsible for what one consumes.
Selling fast food for 3 to 5 year-olds is irresponsible. Then again, what about the parents? I would never feed a kid with that trash. Some facts in the article are alarming.
I believe I would find your food preferences and habits just normal to me.
There is one thing that I love, and enjoy every time I feel like it: cakes. :)
@Susan, if you take the long view on health, that is a great point. Healthy food is certainly cheaper than paying for meds and treatment for chronic health conditions, which could ultimately bankrupt our society if not gotten a handle on.
It's truly amazing just how lovely food can be when we don't insist on turning everything into uniformly fatty, sweet, salty stuff. I'm fortunate to live someplace where something fresh and wonderful happens pretty much any time of year. Right now, the strawberries are coming in, and all sorts of vegetables planted in the Fall are beginning to appear. It is nice to be able to enjoy it all!
@Susan, your routine sounds similar to mine. I drink black tea, rather than green, since green tea can interfere with some of my meds, and must remind myself to drink enough water during the day. Aside from that, I find that most of my cravings are for things I should be eating: When I'm away from home on business trips, I find that I tend to come back and eat lots of vegetables for several days!
I've been reading the reports in The New York Times about the science of addictive food -- and I find much of what has been written compelling. It's amazing just how odd my diet and food preferences seem to many of those around me -- and how so many others are coming to see the sort of things I enjoy as wonderful food! The times are certainly changing, and I'm grateful.
Michael Pollan's diet rules seem to be the basic rules for healthy eating. I also find that eating certain things in moderation contribute to the carves for unhealthy foods that we all experience sometimes.
I don't add any salt or sugar to the foods I eat when I am at home. I do this in the knowledge that they don't bring any nutrient to my body, and in fact, they are quite unhealthy. If my body is in need of sodium it will alert my brain, and that's when I all of a sudden buy something that contains some salt.
After a day, everything is back to normal, and I don't feel the need for that food item anymore. I think a good communication between mind and body can be useful in knowing what the body needs. I have listened to this since an early age. Interesting enough I have always rejected salt in a natural way.
Recently, I have started to drink one or two cups of green tea first thing in the morning. Well, after a glass of water. The healthy properties of the green tea, like being an antioxidant and booster of the immune system among other things, nourish the internal organs when they are more vulnerable after the hours of fasting while sleeping. It makes sense, right?
Maybe it depends on how much one appreciates their health, and how much will power does the person have to change learned habits that are bad for the health.
In the long run, healthy food is less costly than expensive medicines and long medical treatments. Not to mention permanent damage to the health by consumption of too much fast food, like the serious problem the U.S. has with obesity.
@LuFu, I'm reluctant to use the same language for food and drugs, but I understand why it's so often done. It's in the best interest for a lot of prepared food companies and restaurants to make food taste and feel as good as possible. Unfortunately, the push for more and more sensation in that direction has made much of our food very bad for us.
Carol and I, like many people, have had to re-train our taste-buds to recognize food, rather than chemical sensations. Now, real food tastes wonderful, while salt just tastes extra salt -- kind the way it should be!
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