“You are what you eat.”

We like to say this, but how many of us actually believe it, and more importantly, put it to work in our daily lives?

We live in a time of widespread unhealthiness. The percentage of children and adolescents who are considered overweight or obese has tripled since 1970. More than 70 percent of adults have been diagnosed with a (usually preventable) chronic disease and more than 75 percent of the nation’s healthcare cost being spent on managing and treating these conditions. Chronic diseases, such as heart disease, stroke, cancer, chronic respiratory diseases and diabetes, are by far the leading cause of mortality in the world, representing 60 percent of all deaths.

These statistics are shocking, especially when you consider how advanced modern medicine has become. But perhaps this “advancement” has done more harm than good? Many of these chronic conditions can be prevented and treated with simple lifestyle changes, yet most physicians will write a prescription within seconds of diagnosis.

Wouldn’t it be easier just to “prescribe” a healthy diet and some exercise? Not only would it be easier, it would also be cheaper, reducing everyone’s health insurance costs along with mortality rates.

Modern western day diets are slowly killing us and yet we still go to the doctor and get prescribed medicines for all kinds of illnesses, rather than take a cold hard look at what we eat and change our unhealthy habits into healthy habits. 

You are what you eat. 

Remember this the next time you go shopping!