We talk frequently about the benefits of living a healthy lifestyle, and I tell our patients that perhaps the most important ingredient for optimal health is the food they consume on a daily basis. The more I learn about nutrition and wellness, the more I’m convinced that so much of the chronic disease and poor health we experience as a society is directly related to the food (or food-like products) we eat.
Unfortunately, we are constantly bombarded with advertisements and misinformation about this critically important piece of our overall health. Just going to the grocery store can be a confusing, and an overwhelming experience when trying to decide what to buy. Those of you with children (like my wife and me) face the additional pressure of dealing with the requests for food-like products that are advertised on television and packaged in brightly colored boxes containing highly processed products loaded with high fructose corn syrup, artificial colors, and a whole lot of ingredients you can’t even pronounce.
How this all happened and what we can do about it is an ongoing discussion I hope to continue to have on this blog, in speaking forums, and on our Facebook page. This first step in changing the direction of our eating habits in this country is to provide information, and today I’m thrilled to be able to share with you a short video by Anna Lappe highlighting the difference between industrial agriculture and the amazing food we can get from our local farmers. It’s a real eye opener and a great first step in the discussion.
I’ve met some great people who are advocates for healthy eating, and strong proponents of the food- as-medicine concept. The more we all share and help spread the word, the sooner we can reverse the trends of obesity, Type-2 Diabetes, heart disease, and cancer that are defining the future for us and our children.
Please follow the link to the video below, and let me know your thoughts.
For more information on this subject and for help in getting the real story on the food we eat, please check out Anna’s website Food Myth Busters at foodmyths.org.
Michael Lenz RPh, is a partner in Fallon Wellness Pharmacy of Saratoga. He has over 10 years experience in custom compounding. Michael has received extensive training in Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) and Adrenal Fatigue. He is an advocate for healthy eating and proper nutritional supplementation, and speaks frequently on the subjects of hormone health, nutrition and wellness. Michael is currently enrolled in the Institute For Functional Medicine’s Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner Program. He lives in Saratoga Springs, NY with his wife and 4 children.