Over the past decade America has be labeled a overweight, lazy country. Even though America is still the greatest country on this great planet, Americans are shorting their lives by the ways of their on gluttony.
Health in this country is going to go the way of the division of classes. There will be those who continue to eat processed food, rely on doctors to give them meds, and live an unhealthy lifestyle. Then there will be those who will actively seek out healthy alternatives like whole, organic, humane, unprocessed, clean and pure, do not take prescriptions if at all possible, not even aspirin, and strive to have a healthy lifestyle based on their own judgments, not the FDA or the doctor.
Read labels thoroughly, eat less pre-packaged foods and more whole foods including whole grains and whole produce. Eat organic as much as you can afford. Make sure your grains are whole and organic. Eliminate processed sugars, white sugar and white flour products like bread. Make your own bread from whole grain flours like buckwheat, oat, spelt or brown rice. Eat raw nuts.
There's plenty of food out there. Most people just go for the convenience of fast or prepackaged food. It has less nutrition and keeps the body wanting more because it's not giving the nutrition the body is craving. Whole foods may cost more but they give more nutrition so you eat less and your body is satisfied nutritionally. It doesn't store fat, toxins, and unknown substances. It functions properly.
Well america can still be there again but I doubt it because america can be in most places but can't be everywhere .Fate is not changeable you can only live by it.
If you're talking about America as an economic entity, then I agree with you. So the onus goes to the individual to take responsibility for himself and his family. If enough people boycott crap by not buying it and endorse healthy food by buying and demanding it at local grocers, the tide will begin to turn. If it doesn't, so be it. But at least we will have taken care of our own health.
When the weird imbalances in food/nutrition are dealt with.
These are all true. It is amazing a simple task like eating and exercise could hold a country back. The good news is that this can be changed, this can be controlled by the American people. We do not need a bail out or any help. We just need the want to do better and that is the biggest shame about this typic. We as a country lost the want to be better; we seem to be happy with the norm. That hurts the most.
IMO, people are just overwhelmed in general. They can't seem to juggle one more thing and lose. I talk to so many people who say "what's the use? No matter what I do I can't get ahead." They say they can't afford good food.
What I try to tell everyone is that if you eat whole food, you will eat less because the food is nutritional. The body will recognize and utilize the nutrients, eliminating cravings for non-nutritive foods. 'Fake' food has little nutritional value, forcing the body to keep looking for those nutrients it's not getting, and keeping you thinking you're hungry. Even if your stomach is packed with food, the brain doesn't get the signal because the nutrition is not there.
I doubt it. We get to excited about how we can get so much food for such a low price. super portions at restaurants for 5 bucks. Extra value meals, big gulps for under a buck. Stuff like this
Only if lifestyle of many Americans will change. Inculcating in the education of the younger students - youth the importance of healthy lifestyle and nutrition. Modeling from the parents is also important.
I hope so but it will take people doing the right thing rather than looking for a quick fix. I agree with prettydarkhorse that role modeling is very important if we want to achieve this status as a country.
As long as U.S. government agencies continue to allow chemicals and pesticides in our food system then this is impossible. There is a lot of focus on nutrition without talk about the other harmful ingredients we are ingesting. Americans need to start respecting the people who want to make change for the greater good instead of dismissing these thoughts as radical. European and other countries around the world have taken a different approach in general ~ not accepting ingredients in their food if there is a possible risk to overall health as opposed to waiting for a health epidemic to develop.
Exactly right. Pointing up the fact that most other countries don't use chemicals in agriculture is worth looking at. In fact many of them won't accept produce from the U.S. because of this. They also don't, in large part, use certified organic because the paperwork is tremendous and the cost is unnecessary. They are biologique which amounts to the same thing, using natural pesticides. There's no water pollution from runoff and the resultant catastrophic deformation of indigenous wildlife and ecoculture, no adverse health effects to humans.
Much of the standard food available in the U.S. is tainted with poison of some kind...pesticides, artificial food dyes, preservatives, hormones, genetically modified organisms; all unnecessary as demonstrated by the growing organic movement. And yet subsidies continue to make bad food cheap. Many U.S. families cannot afford nutritious, organic food. Another reason the U.S. is far from being on the frontline of health again. Great point about biologique, it's all around supportive to people and the environment.
Not as long as there's a drive-thru burger and shake joint on practically every corner. As an example Coke just took an ingredient out to forestall California from putting a 'may cause cancer' label on all it's cans and bottles but the sugar or aspartame's still there.
Is it our government's duty to tell us how to eat or should we still have that right? In many states the government as told the population what they could and could not eat. Things do need to change but at what cost?
We certainly must take the responsibility to make healthy choices for ourselves, you are absolutely right on there. However, when it comes to food additives (chemicals, GMOs, hormones) it becomes an issue of contaminating our food supply to such a level that it affects the majority of the population.
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