By Nicole Quevedo
How important is your health and the health of those you love most?
Thomas Edison once said, “The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet and in the cause and prevention of disease.” It’s 2020, and disease prevention is the focus of many health and nutrition programs worldwide. These programs are meant to engage and educate individuals and communities of all types to choose healthy behaviors, and make changes that reduce the risk of developing chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, kidney disease, and cancer. But what else has been the main focus for 2020? Coronavirus, right?
When the madness all began and everyone ran out to the supermarkets or the local grocers to prepare for the upcoming lockdowns, I noticed something rather concerning. While shopping for our groceries, I found that most everything was cleaned out. All boxed goods, canned goods and frozen foods were non-existent, however; everything I needed was still there.
You see, I don’t buy a lot of convenience foods for my household. I’m a nutritionist who loves to cook, so the vast majority of our meals come from natural or organic sources. We buy our chicken organic free-range, our beef grass-fed, and our fish wild-caught, and we always have a large selection of fresh fruit and vegetables on hand.
Now don’t get me wrong… I love convenience just as much as the next momma considering I have quite a large family of eight. Having such a large family means I also have to be strategic about buying and preparing meals that don’t send my budget running for the hills, but looking around the store seeing all those people desperately looking for items to buy to feed their families, I was reminded of the age-old saying: “You are what you eat.” We as a society are in a downward spiral of health atrocities because we are what we eat and most everything is related to our dependence upon convenience foods. We are constantly on the go and while the cost of living is rising, paychecks are not.
So how do we turn it around? We can choose to keep feeding ourselves right into the healthcare system, or we can turn to nutrition as a way to heal ourselves and our families from the inside out. I believe in a more holistic lifestyle where nutrition is the antidote to most all of our health problems.
What is holistic nutrition, you ask? Holistic nutrition is a way of treating the body for optimal health and well-being. Holistic nutrition focuses on fresh and healthy foods that provide the right type of carbohydrates, protein, fats, vitamins and minerals to give your body the energy it needs to function properly and ward off illness and chronic disease.
Another aspect of holistic nutrition is understanding what types of foods can be bought organic or conventional based on the growing or processing methods and how to maintain your budget because let’s face it, convenience food is the cheaper option at the moment, but not in the long run. Holistic nutrition is about finding simple and easy ways to prepare meals for you and your family so that you not only nourish your health and well-being but maybe you can do it cheaper.
The ultimate goal is to create a strong foundation for not only our health but the health and well-being of our children and their children to come.