FOCUS ON PREVENTION
The focus of modern health care is early detection and treatment. The only proven way to truly prevent disease is through living a healthy lifestyle with a heavy emphasis on eating whole food nutrition. Fruits and vegetables are the best natural, balanced source of antioxidants – powerful disease fighters.
Over 170 studies show that fruits and vegetables prevent cancer. The National Cancer Institute and many other organizations, including the American Medical Association, American Diabetic Association, American Heart Association and the American Cancer Society, have suggested that the risk of these diseases is reduced by 50% or more by consuming 7-13 servings of fruits and vegetables and grains every day. But only 1 in 11 people eat even 3 servings of vegetables and 2 servings of fruit on a daily basis.
Only whole foods —fruits and vegetables— can provide the balance of nutrition we need. Antioxidants work together in ways that we have just begun to understand. If we’re deficient in one and have an excess of the other, the balance is wrong.
We should not take them as isolated supplements. They cannot work together in the ways nature intended. Taking an isolated vitamin or antioxidant supplement is like putting a quarterback on the football field without an offensive line. We’re not going to win many games, and we could get hurt.
So where do you start? Begin by recognizing that putting more raw fresh fruits and vegetables into your diet is important. Now go back and digest strategy 1:
- Eat seven to thirteen servings of fruits and vegetables.
- Eat seven or more servings of “other” plant foods.
- Eat fewer fatty foods.
- Drink alcohol only in moderation, if at all.
- Drink water in preference to other beverages.
Prevention happens when you take these strategies seriously. So, let’s summarize; plan to be healthy and believe in your ability to reach your goals; be practical and realistic about your expectations; move towards a plant-based diet, watch those portions, increase your physical activity, keep a positive attitude and focus on prevention. By making your health a priority and following these strategies, a healthy lifestyle, a healthy body and outstanding quality of life are well within your reach.
The Eight “P”s