101 Ways to Lose Weight – #6

Let Food Be Your Medicine

Think of your body as a high-performance sports car, a top of the line machine that needs the right fuel to function at an optimal level. If we don’t put the right fuel into our machine, it will eventually start to break down. We eat to receive energy and nutrients, to support growth and repair, and to protect our immune system from the risk of disease.

In Australia in 2009 there were a total of 1043 deaths where obesity was identified as the underlying cause of death. In the USA, an estimated 300,000 deaths a year are caused by obesity. How did this happen? Over the last 30 years how we eat has changed – we are eating more meals away from home (particularly fast ‘food’); we eat larger portions; we drink more sweetened beverages; we eat more energy-dense, nutrient-poor processed food. All of which leads to an increased risk of poor health and chronic disease in both adults and children. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the most common disease associated with diet are diabetes, stroke, heart disease, and cancer.

A good diet (no, not one of those “I’m going on a diet to lose 10 Kg” diet which has a set time to it, but a “This is how I fuel the most precious machine I have” diet) plays a vital role in supporting our health, which is why it is so important to think about what you put into your mouth every time you eat and drink. Is what you are consuming making a positive or negative difference to your body? Have you just ‘blown’ that last Metafit class with that one mouthful?

Food is the most powerful preventative medicine we have to treat chronic disease and fight the obesity battle.

(The ancient Greek physician Hippocrates was the founding father of natural medicine. He believed in good food and attributed the cause of many ailments to poor nutrition and bad eating habits).

(Theresa Cutter – The Healthy Chef)