“Andre Agassi once got some bad publicity for saying, ‘Image is everything.’ In the business world, while image is not everything, it certainly counts for a lot. And, a big part of image is self-image. Interestingly, the state of one’s physical body is one determinant of self-image. Not only how well your body functions, but also how comfortable you feel in your body. One way to achieve that balance in your body is through exercise. It’s been said that if you could put the benefits of exercise into a pill, it would be the most prescribed medication on the planet. The benefits are without limit: health, self-image, clarity of mind, stress release, psychological well-being, etc…”
I’ve studied nutrition on and off through the years and got to the point where I felt I pretty much understood protein and fats, but there was something about carbohydrates that I didn’t understand. I believe now the key to that understanding is phytochemicals – a relatively new field of interest.
Evidently, there are tens of thousands of phytochemicals, most of which are still not understood. Phytochemicals seem to be a major reason why fruits, vegetables, and whole grains are good for us. They influence the way to process our food, everything from stabilizing blood sugar to preventing a myriad of different diseases.
If you are interested in learning about phytochemicals, just Google it. There is a ton of information out there.
I have recently been pouring through a vast number of studies regarding the vegan diet. A few months of enjoying the diet has been most compelling. Strictly speaking I am not totally vegan since I will still, for example, ingest some honey once in a while. My diet consists primarily of plant based foods, no dairy, and no wheat. My journey began with a book, 10-day Green Smoothie Cleanse by JJ Smth, and lead to Dr Greger’s website, nutritionfacts.org.
Most of Dr. Greger’s videos on his website are only two or three minutes long and flipping through his alphabetized index on the homepage to find topics of interest has become an enjoyable and fascinating adventure. Doing the cleanse for 10 remarkable days and then continuing with an essentially vegan meal plan has been wonderful. If interested, you may want to watch the videos and give it a try.
As with most anything, the more you learn about it, the better, so please do your research if you are interested. Personally, I do not want to turn a diet plan into a religion so I am a tad flexible with the diet and am certain I have not had my last ice cream cone!
I understand that supplementing the meal plan with vitamins K2, D, and B12 is recommended for those who are strict with the life style.