Science is proving that our lifestyle has a bigger affect on whether we will develop chronic disease or not. The American Cancer Society states that only 5-10% of all cancer cases are genetic. The good news is that means 90-95% is within our control. And doctors are finding lifestyle to be playing a more important role in heart disease, stroke and diabetes. In fact, you can live a life free of these diseases not dependant on medication if you will make a few lifestyle changes.
I encourage you to google the study of Epigenetics. This study is extremely fascinating on how genes are read by cells, and subsequently whether the cells should produce relevant proteins. There is a lot of research on this topic and it ties beautifully into today's blog , as there are studies around what we eat controlling our epigentics.
In today's video portion, I gave you a couple of simple breakfast ideas to replace those processed and highly sugarized breakfasts so many of us eat every day. I want to clarify, as I watched it, that you do not have to add all those fruits and vegetables to your smoothies, these were just great ideas to get you started!!
Let's look at some of the benefits of eating a diet high in whole foods (fruits and vegetables).
- Loaded in Nutrients
- Low in Sugar
- Heart Healthy
- High in Fiber
- Helps Control Blood Sugar
- Good for your Skin
- Helps lower Triglycerides
- Provides Variety
- High in Healthy Fats
- Decreased Risk of Cancer and Heart Disease
- Contains Antioxidants
- Good for your Gut
- Promotes Dental Health
- Less expensive in the long run
You can make simple changes that will have a huge impact on your overall health now and into the future! Start small. Some of the biggest mistakes we can make is trying to overhaul how we eat overnight. This was my biggest struggle as I looked to improve my health over the last 5 years. I would empty out the pantry and fridge, make my meal plan and make it one week. Then life happened and I would scrap the entire process. It was a constant roller coaster for me. The thing that helped me the most was to assess where I was. From there I needed to walk myself into this. So, I began by eating one meal a day that didn't have any processed items in it. After success there, I added another meal and so on. Now some of you can probably make the leap and I applaud you. But if you can't, it's ok. Just start like I did. What happened over time was that I found I began to gravitate towards the whole foods more and more. The processed meals and snacks began to not feel good to my body. I can still make less than favorable choices now, but the point for me is I no longer beat myself up for it and then punish myself by not choosing wisely going forward.
Make sure to check out some of my favorite recipes to help you replace those processed snacks!! FREE RECIPES
I would love to hear from you, do you have a favorite recipe? Feel free to comment below and share this with a friend!!