- Created on Thursday, 08 December 2011 11:35
Dr. Timothy Moore
Remember when you were young and living with your parents? You didn’t seem to have a care in the world, now did you? No pressure, stress or worries about keeping a roof over your head, working from “sun up to sun down” for a pay check, juggling those escalating doctor bills, and keeping food on the table.
Those were the days – some good, some, I suppose, just OK. I remember them just like yesterday – being in grade school, for example, and not having to worry or care about anything, because whatever I needed, my parents provided – even a daily course of stick-to-your-ribs food.
Time brings about a change and, along with it, myriad problems. I can recall those moments when life was simple and family camaraderie was a joy to behold. But I’m sure there are some people who wrench in pain when they find themselves replaying their lives.
It is good to reminisce, but when you’re not secure mentally, emotionally or not feeling your best physically, it would be futile, in my opinion, to push forward without addressing these problems. For one thing, what you put in your body will determine your overall health.
Let’s talk about health and how to stay healthy. By now you should know that eating nutritious food is beneficial to your mind, body and soul. You need to know your body inside and out and learn when it rejects a particular kind of food.
Most of us have health issues – from diabetes to high blood pressure to lupus to obesity. The strange thing about our society today is that we tend to believe whatever we are told without investigating to see if it would be beneficial to us or not. That includes the food we eat and the meds we take.
A lot of health problems can be prevented or reversed. Do you remember when your grandmother – or your mother for that matter – used to tell you to eat your vegetables, or the adage that “an apple a day keeps the doctor a way?” Well, we know now that your grandmother and mother were right, and the adage, too.
Time waits on no one. An unhealthy society is a dilemma that must be addressed without delay. People are getting fatter and obesity is on the rise. The statistics are alarming and looming each day. Just how many people are diabetic today? Well, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over 259 million worldwide.
Remember when the old folks used to say someone had sugar? Now that we’re all grown up, we know now what the old folks meant the person was diabetic. There wasn’t much information at that time to really comprehend the dangers of this dreaded disease, which causes irritability, neuropathy, loss appetite, blindness, amputations and death.
Diabetes can be controlled. But those who suffer have to learn what to eat, and the right portions, of course. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to understand that certain foods can raise your glycemic index. Some foods are beneficial; some you should avoid.
The media always report the problem to be grimmer than it actually is. Health problems can be arrested – that is, when it comes to diabetes, it can be controlled, even reversed. I’m beginning to believe it’s all about profits, how much money can be made from diabetic medications.
Is there a powerful drug that vanquishes diabetes? If you believe this, I have a bridge to sell you. Eating right and exercising are the only keys to controlling diabetes and vanquishing it altogether. You have to eat more fruit, vegetables, grains, nuts, seeds, and drink pure water – not juices, sodas, and alcohol beverages – to rid your body of this debilitating disease.
Your New Year’s resolution should be to live a happy, peaceful, restful and meditative life that’s free from the scourge of diabetes.
- Created on Thursday, 01 December 2011 11:34
Dr. Timothy Moore
Now that Thanksgiving has come and gone and the shopping rush has begun, I’m sure the stress and tension of buying gifts for loved ones will be ratcheted up several notches this holiday season.
Stress levels are always high during this time of year. It can be overbearing and even exhausting to some people who don’t have the money to buy gifts and, in some cases, food. But those who can afford to buy food don’t always buy the most nutritious food to eat.
When it comes to your health, you have to take charge. It would behoove food producers to consider the health of consumers. What if food regulators, for example, would put labels on food packages to warn of the dangers of saturated fats and other fat laden foods? They warn us about the dangers of cigarettes and alcohol. They can do the same thing with food.
There is madness in the health care world and it’s getting out of control. People are getting fatter and fatter. Who should we blame? Ourselves. We have become gluttons, eating any and everything that tastes good. If we’re not careful, most of us will become obese. It’s an American tragedy – an epidemic. I’ve written a lot about diabetes, high blood pressure, cholesterol, cancer and a host of other health related issues, but obesity is a problem that should not be taken for granted.
|Too much of a good thing, even Thanksgiving turkey can be bad for you. (Photo by Tyrone P. Easley)|
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one out of every three adults is obese and one out of every six children is obese. Obesity leads to major health related issues such as diabetes, high blood pressure and cancer. There is no simple solution. People just have to make better choices when preparing their meals.
Obesity costs $150 billion a year, which equates to about one out of every dollar that’s spent on healthcare. I believe the problem is with fast food restaurants. There seems to be one on every corner. I’m sure it’s the convenience of getting a meal served in less than 4 minutes that keeps us coming back. The only problem is most fast food is unhealthy.
There is a high incidence of diabetes in the African-American community – about 13 percent. But then one out of 13 Americans is diabetic according to the World Health Organization. The problem is growing exponentially. You should ask yourself: What can I do to achieve a healthy lifestyle and reduce, or reverse, those grim statistics?
Educating people about healthy foods is the first step. Just because you’re grappling with a minuscule budget doesn’t mean you can’t buy good, wholesome, quality food that’s beneficial to your overall health. It wouldn’t even hurt to ask your neighborhood grocer or market proprietor to bring in fresh fruit and vegetables. Eating fresh fruit and vegetables, of course, can control obesity.
I understand economics, but it’s a shame that neighborhood grocery stores and markets would rather put profits before health and nutrition. There is nothing wrong with making money – but at the expense of consumers who are already grappling with obesity? It’s preposterous.
The U.S. Diabetes Prevention Program, a major multicenter clinical research study nearly a decade ago, has shown that with a lifestyle change and modest weight reduction, a person with pre-diabetes can prevent or even delay the onset of diabetes by 58 percent. But those who are prone to diabetes will have to consume more fruit and vegetables and switch from a meat-based diet to a plant-based diet in order to stop the onslaught of full diabetes.
Buying and cooking the right kind of food sometimes depends on which side of the track you live on. But that’s the society we live in. In my opinion, the poorer the neighborhood, the poorer the food choices. Better food is often found, not in the inner city, but in many cases in ritzier neighborhoods.
If you’d stop, observe and think about what you’re buying and putting in your mouth, you’ll be much better for it. You don’t have to be a glutton this holiday season to be happy. And, by all means, don’t stress out and over eat. Be mindful that obesity is on the rise.
- Created on Wednesday, 23 November 2011 11:32
It is far easier to stay the course in any area of life than change direction. But when that course is littered with unsuspecting potholes and dangerously meandering turns, it pays to change course, particularly when your health depends on it.
Life is short, the old folks used to say. But life doesn’t have to be short if you control what you put in your body. Eating the right kinds of food will keep your body working at optimum levels. Though food can be addictive, it is up to you to discern what nutrients are best for your body. There isn’t a magic bullet or a short cut to good health, though.
If you’re grappling with bad health, you could blame your parents for your growth and development when you were a child. That’s where it all began. We develop our eating habits from our parents, directly and indirectly. Each generation, for example, continues to pass those bad eating habits down until family members are stricken with high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer, etc.
Are some diseases hereditary? There may be some validity to that, but most illnesses are the result of bad eating habits and total neglect of the body. If it tastes good, then it must be good. That is so not true! Cakes and pastries taste good, but too much sugar is not good for the body. Meat dishes may taste good, but a daily heaping will surely affect your health.
A healthy lifestyle starts in your mind, and once you decide to change the way you’ve always done things, you’ll discover that it’s best for the long haul. The quest for optimal health should be your goal. Some people may prefer to remain in their present condition – unhealthy. But the reality is they’ll most likely die from something that could be prevented if only they’d take time to feed the body its proper nutrients.
Age is only a number, goes the adage. For example, 50 might have seemed old at one point. But then when you reached that milestone, you really couldn’t tell the difference – unless your body was broken down or you were stricken with a disease.
Change is necessary, if you want to live a healthy lifestyle. It is not just a slogan that President Barack Obama used as a buzzword on the campaign trail. It was key to his ascension to the presidency and could be the key to your success, if you keep in mind that no one can open the door to a healthier lifestyle but you.
Food is a mystery to some people who may not be used to preparing nutritious dishes. You might want to stay away from pig’s feet and other pig products – or any meat dishes for that matter – that were cooked in lard, grease and oils and loaded with transfat. In fact, most food is actually dangerous and unhealthy when nutrients are obliterated in the cooking process, or when the choice of food is not taken into consideration in the first place.
There is nothing wrong with eating vegetables. You don’t have to eat meat to live. Some animals – other than us Homo sapiens – are meat eaters. Others feed on grass, nuts and berries – not steak, chicken, French fries or a chocolate shake. A plant-based diet loaded with vegetables and fruit will keep the body strong and fit.
A healthy lifestyle is not complicated if it’s something you want to achieve. But here again, you have to make a change, even if change means eating healthy, staking out a different environment and making new friends. Sometimes the company we keep will impede our progress and keep us mired in the muck of an unhealthy lifestyle.
I’m amazed at how much money we spend to bury our loved ones. But just think for a moment: What if that money was used on the front end of life to fortify the body with nutrients rather than on the tail end for burials? Sounds like an investment you can live with? I would hope so.
Here’s a little advice: Choose your food wisely. Read the ingredients. Fresh and unprocessed food is so much better. Now that’s change you can live with.
- Created on Wednesday, 16 November 2011 18:00
Before Lincoln, the early settlers threw a feast that lasted three days. They prepared fish, eels, shellfish, wild fowl, grains, berries and vegetables. If you’re preparing dressing this Thanksgiving, try my recipe.