As I get older, I’ve learned to really be grateful for everything I have in my life to help me stay healthy- the knowledge about what to eat, the resources to buy healthy foods, taste buds that can appreciate the colorful flavors of a broad spectrum of plants, and waking up in the morning knowing that each day is a new day to treat my body well and enjoy the day. Life is beautiful and so are the natural plant foods that keep us healthy. Walk into a supermarket in America and we have a cornucopia of vegetables and fruits to choose from. Now that it’s summer, we can purchase fresh cherries, blueberries, and peaches. We can open a watermelon on a hot day and relish in its ability to quench our thirst. We have so much opportunity to make the right eating choices, even if it is as simple as eating an apple instead of a bag of chips.
We are a lucky bunch. Unlike our parents, we have access to nutritional resources to educate ourselves about why plants are so protective against diseases, can keep us looking young by fighting free radicals and promote weight loss all while keeping us full and satisfied. Healthy plant foods right from mother earth, deserve to be celebrated and every effort we make to keep ourselves healthy by eating them deserves to be celebrated too.
Each time we chose to eat a meal filled with real produce right as it comes from the earth, we deserve to give ourselves a pat on the back and feel gratitude for the simple wonderfulness that comes with the healing powers that plants can provide to us. We owe it to ourselves to be reminded that taking care of ourselves is not something to be taken for granted and neither is the ability to buy healthy foods. The knowledge we have in the fields of health and nutrition is unprecedented and even though most doctors aren’t taught a single nutrition class in medical school and the obesity epidemic continues to plague our country, we can do our part by setting a good example with our own eating choices, sharing what we’ve learned with our family and friends and continuing to model great health and spread positive health messages wherever we go.
I’m beginning to see a growing movement of mindful eaters who are educating themselves about the true connection between chronic disease prevention and what we feed ourselves. Eat To Live just became the #1 book on the New York Times bestseller list under paperback advice this week (congrats dad!). While we still have a long way to go to get our nation on the path towards ideal health, I think we are living during an exciting time of a budding health conscientiousness movement. I want to help this movement grow and flourish and I’ll bet lots of you do too. ,I know we have all experienced that enhanced eating enjoyment when we eat meals that are flavorful, look great and are health promoting as well. We have the knowledge, we have access to the right foods, and now we have people like you who continue to help spread the word that we truly are what we eat.
Peace, Love, and Kale!