Tuesday, January 20, 2009
It All Begins Here
An auspicious day. One that concerns not only personal health but the health of the nation. How healthy are we? If we want a better health system, we should look to ourselves first. Yes, even me, a vegetarian/vegan and "health food nut" since 1986. People often comment, when I tell them I'm vegan, that my diet is so healthy. My response: I could be eating nothing but potato chips and still be vegan!
Fortunately, I eat better than that, but there's much room for improvement: more fresh fruits and vegetables, more quality protein, fewer carbs - yes, even the whole-grain carbs which constitute the bulk(!) of my carb consumption are unhealthy if excessive. I already avoid lots of bad things: don't smoke, rarely drink (and very little when I do), consume very little sugar (none would be better), do not drink coffee or soda, avoid partially hydrogenated fats (almost always). I could definitely use more exercise, fresh air and sunshine (safest when shadow is longer than I am tall).
What to Do
Start out small. Make one commitment for improvement. For today, I commit to eating more veggies. Maybe not all fresh, more than I'd like will be frozen (back problems make preparation difficult), occasionally canned (beets, artichoke hearts, asparagus) but more. It's a step in the right direction. And more importantly, it's a step. Breaking away from the inertia that keeps me repeating the same mistakes.
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