Many years ago, I attended a seminar where I first heard the phrase, “Garbage In, Garbage Out” – GIGO (pronounced GEE IY GEE OH). The presenter shared his views with us. For example, if you are getting exposed to negative information all the time, you express yourself in a negative way. It was Earl Nightingale who coined the phrase, “We become what we think about most of the time.” And then there is also the phrase, “We are what we eat.” The last phrase came to mind after a phone call I received today from a friend. He had some issues with his health and after seeing a doctor; he was told that the arteries in his heart are clogged. I did some research about cardiovascular diseases online, and learned that coronary artery diseases are one of the major causes of death. Not surprisingly, the negative news from the doctor (an authority) made him feel even worse. Hearing him, I suggested that from the books I read lately, there might be a relatively simple solution to his condition that does not require medication. (At the same time, I recommended to keep taking whatever the doctor prescribed until he will not need it anymore.) The solution is in the food we eat, and the lifestyle we choose. I told my friend that I will share the names of those books with him. And then I thought that you might want to know about those sources of wellness as well, and do not want to wait until I finish writing my book, “Retirement Solutions for Smart People. 5 Easy Ways to Enjoy Your Golden Age.”
Most of the members of my family, including myself, stopped eating meat forty-three years ago. Shortly after moving to San Francisco in 1980, we met a nutritionist who suggested that we should add fish to our diet. Thus, we became pescatarians. Some people ask me if I miss meat or feel the difference. The answer is “no” to both of those questions, since I feel good most of the time. But I also do not drink coffee or any alcohol and limit my intake of bread and sugar. After I read “The Plant Paradox” written by Dr. Steven Gundry (and shared it with my wife and our daughter), we decided to follow “Dr. Gundry’s Diet Evolution. Turn off the genes that are killing you and your waistline”, which offers recipes. Since Dr. Steven Gundry was a renowned cardiac surgeon and arrived originally to what he calls “The Plant Paradox” through his personal experience, I believe he knows what he suggests to his patients.
There are other books I can recommend, including “How not to Die” by Michael Greger M.D. written together with Gene Stone with the subtitle “Discover the Foods. Scientifically Proven to Prevent and Reverse Disease”. There is also a recipe book with the same name. On public television, you may have seen a presentation by Neal D. Barnard MD, who has written “Power Foods for the Brain. An effective 3-step plan to protect your mind and strengthen your memory.” Then there are books written on the subject of healthy eating by Dean Ornish MD, Dr. Mehmet Oz, Andrew Weil, MD and others. The main message in my forthcoming book is that you need to develop a mindset for healthy living, otherwise you will easily go back to your old habits and no book will help you. My determination of GIGO is “Goodness In Goodness Out”.
We are blessed to have many farmers markets, which offer a huge range of fresh foods and vegetables. These four images attest to that.
Enjoy and Share with a Friend.