As a Man Eateth so is he..

Is eateth really a word.. I don’t know however, it will serve my purpose in this post. LOL  Proverbs 23:7 says   And mankinds lifestyle is proving as he eateth so is he also.  Obesity is a huge problem. Especially in America. The adult obesity rate is 32.2% for men & 35.5% in women. That is ALOT considering the population in America.  And these are only the statistics for America. Sad really, it shows how negligent we have become in our eating habits and caring for our temples. I know I am overweight not lots but, 15 lbs is 15 lbs and it is not good for my heart or any part of me actually. All sorts of health issues arise from overeating and being over weight not to mention how tired it makes you. My sweet GP said, “Renee’ if you want to live a holistic life (whole life) I highly recommend you change to a Mediterranean diet and exercise “at least” 20 mins a day.  Well, of course I procrastinated. Which at that time that only meant I wouldn’t accept the Now of my life.  And the even crazier part was for years I really took care of my self and did eat predominately this diet and Felt Great! Looked great! Had lots energy..etc. Then I let life’s stressors drag me out of good choices into quick fix choices.

After I left her office, I dabbled and slowly began changing my habits yet still falling off the wagon all to often eating pure junk and eating out much to often. (addition is addiction ya know & the junk in processed foods no matter how fancy they fix it does create food addictions)  Finally, this year I am getting back on track. After speaking to many of my friends in the same position or many having health issues due to their diets and lack of exercise (20 mins people come on) , I felt it was time to share this post.

Here is what Mayo clinic says about this diet: https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/mediterranean-diet/art-20047801

How Does the Mediterranean Diet Work?

The Mediterranean diet will help you change your eating habits with little effort and no guesswork.

  • Eat natural, unprocessed foods like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and nuts.
  • Make olive oil your primary source of dietary fat
  • Reduce the consumption of red meat (Monthly)
  • Eat little to moderate amounts of fish and white meat (Weekly)
  • Drink a moderate amount of wine (up to one to two glasses per day for men and up to one glass per day for women)

Just one day of your new lifestyle and you’ll wonder how you ever managed without it!

Benefits of the Mediterranean Diet

A lot of scientists believe the Mediterranean Diet is the gold standard in healthy eating. New studies appear regularly in leading scientific journals, supporting the healthfulness of the Mediterranean Diet.

These are some examples of studies confirming its health benefits (*):

  • Boost your heart health: Diet alone could boost your heart health [1]
  • Reach your ideal weight: People following a Mediterranean style diet have more long-term benefits and lose weight safely [2]
  • Control your blood sugar: Mediterranean diet could help you prevent high blood sugar [3]
  • Improve bone health: People from the Mediterranean countries have lower rates of hip fractures. [4]
  • Improve your brain health: Antioxidants found in fruits and vegetables play an important role in cognitive capacity [5]

At almost 63 that last one improve brain health really taps me up. Smile

Well, I pray whoever reads this will do a review of themselves asking, ” am I honoring my temple”  ” Do I want a quality life as I age or to be progressively becoming an unhealthy person?”  Your Choice.

Shalom!

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