An interesting article to make you think about what the effects of dieting and exercise are on your weight. Worth reading. Now, I am not particularly interested in weight gain or weight loss. I don’t think that health is measured by how much one weighs. However, I do think that obesity is a symptom of unhealthy eating, and as the article briefly mentions, the diet the feeds most of us in the west will both increase our weigh and lead to unhealthy lives. Do you want to feel better about yourself? My answer is simple: eat less processed foods, avoid sugar and its derivatives, eat more fiber and vegetables, take pleasure in cooking your own food, and reduce your meat intake. Additionally one must maintain a base level of physical activity that will help with the stabilizing of mental and emotional processes in the brain. Sounds complicated? To a certain extent it’s not. It’s about being informed and willing to change some of your habits. What’s at stake is more than just YOUR health, but that of the environment and society in general. Those of you who live near good grocery stores, where good produce is widely available have less excuses and justifications to make. Where the social danger lies is in communities where the options for healthy food are few and far between, a problem that is more common than we think. And while society bares a lot of the blame on health and weight issues, as consumers we remain active citizens that vote every time we buy a food item. You want change in your local grocery store? Speak up, buy healthier food and avoid the shit that’s marketed to you. Don’t fall for the claims on processed foods. Consume wisely…
My mother is a moderate, sensible and lovely person. She’s a great communicator, is careful judge of character and approaches life simply and responsibly. She eats very well. Her diet includes lots of vegetables, legumes, nuts and seeds, grains and fruit. She eats fish and meat but doesn’t do so that often. She walks often and for long periods of time and has remained fit, lean and disease free for all of her 57 yrs.
There is one thing she does that drives me a bit crazy (well there are others, but for the sake of this article…). She is not moderate about skin care and sunscreen use; she’s a serial applier and a great believer in the stuff. Her concern about skin diseases caused by UV rays is rather surprising coming from such a moderate and reasoned person, and yet, perhaps my impression of her as such a hypochondriac when it comes to skin care is stubborn and naive. Excessive time spent under the warming rays of the sun are unhealthy. Yes, there’s vitamin D to be had, and that’s good, however, the UV rays remain something we should all be concerned about. And so, I think, that perhaps I’m the one who’s crazy not to give my skin the care it needs.
Recently, an American truck driver has been in the news for having a face that very clearly revealed the impact of the sun on our skins. Having sat for hours in the driver’s seat of trucks, the left side of his face received quantitatively higher levels of exposure than the right side of his face did. And look at what happened:
I mention this, because an article appears in the NYtimes today about taking sun exposure more seriously.