Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Food & Health: It Doesn't Have to Be So Complicated

Articles like this NYT article really frustrate me. No wonder so many in the US are confused. The "Health & Fitness" sections of our newspapers and websites are full of information that is often vague, confusing and many times just wrong. Nutrition and exercise science are not always good at leading us to effective, practical information for obtaining physical health. Reductionist scientific methods are poor at explaining how complex, multi-level systems work. There are so many variables involved at so many levels.

In the end, it is all about our behavior and the choices we make. When we are armed with the right information, we can make powerful changes in our biology. We don't have to be slaves to it. For food, so much of the issue is about quality, not quantity. Most people don't appreciate the effect food really has on our body. It doesn't have to be that way.

Small behavior changes and better choices can lay a foundation for long-term behavior change and bigger changes. The changes may not be immediate, but good health doesn't come from popping a pill or one hard workout. Good health is a process and takes time and effort.

Here, watch Jamie Oliver. This is information you can use to make positive changes in your life and in the lives of those around you. Gotta watch it all. He'll make you think--and hopefully act.

2 comments:

Keith Sutorius said...

Nice Video Tracy.

I once read that all you need to do to eat healthier is avoid High Fructose Corn Syrup and Trans Fatty Acids. (That takes care of most processed foods)

It really is that simple.

Christine said...

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