1. In today's society, we are overfed and undernourished, leading to a number of diseases including obesity, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer, and depression.
2. Fortunately, proper nutrition can help prevent these diseases, and can take our health, wellness, and performance to the next level.
“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” – Hippocrates
Never before in the history of planet earth have we had access to so much food. Those of us lucky enough can get food anytime we want. We can probably get something to eat within minutes. And we can get any type of food we want. In any quantity we want. And we do.
Despite having almost unlimited access to food, we are not healthy. Many of the foods that we eat are high in calories but very low in nutrients. As a result, no matter how much of the high-calorie, low-nutrient foods you eat, you still feel depleted and hungry.
We are overfed and undernourished.
Poor nutrition leads to obesity, which is known to cause heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and certain types of cancer. Obesity is also a cause of depression (and vice versa). Additionally, my research team has shown that obesity damages muscle tissue, which in turn causes exercise intolerance. If it is harder to exercise because your muscles are damaged, you’ll become more physically inactive, leading to a greater risk of greater obesity. These relationships end up causing vicious circles that we find ourselves in and make it seem almost impossible to escape from.
The good news is that, while poor nutrition is associated with a number of chronic diseases, good nutrition can do the opposite. Good nutrition has been shown to help decrease the risk of getting chronic diseases such as obesity, certain types of cancers, Alzheimer's disease, and cardiovascular disease. The problem is there is a lot of confusion regarding which foods are good for you, and what the latest fad diet is.
However, if you can overcome the confusion about what is actually good for you, which foods can improve your health, and how to eat to perform better, you can take action and create a diet that will propel you to new heights. So what can you do? The answers are relatively simple. If you follow the seven keys to healthy eating I propose later in this chapter, you'll be well on your way.
Today's Habit: Hydrate!
How did last week’s habit go? Were you able to hit your water target? If not, that’s okay. Hopefully you at least increased your consumption and are aware of how much you normally drink on a daily basis.
We’re going to continue with this habit for another week. Keep tracking how much you’re drinking and try to hit your target of half of your weight (in pounds) in ounces of water each day. Keep in mind that if you’re exercising or if you’re in extreme environmental conditions or stress, you will require more water.
Keep up the good work!
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