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You Are What You Eat!

Be careful what you put into your mouth…Think twice; it can be detrimental to your health.

Eating habits and fads come and go. My idea on health is the “Down to Earth and a Back to Basics” approach.

The best recommendation I like to advocate for is the principles of a plant-based diet based on a book called: “UnDo” by Ann & Dean Ornish. The findings are thoroughly researched with scientific data to back up all claims.

This bestselling book depicts how simple lifestyle changes can reverse (undo) the progression of the most common chronic diseases such as:

  • Eating well
  • Move more
  • Stressless
  • Love more

When you make a mistake on your computer, there’s often a straightforward way to fix it: select the “undo” option. It’s like magic – allowing you to reverse what you’ve done and proceed as if it never happened. If only there were as simple a solution to our health problems!

But that would require such a powerful “undo” button that it would be like something straight out of science fiction, wouldn’t it? After all, chronic diseases like type 2 diabetes are often the result of longstanding mistakes we’ve made in taking care of ourselves. So indeed, they cannot be reversed quickly, right?

Well, guess what? There is a solution! It’s not a magic pill or a new form of surgery; it’s just a matter of shifting your lifestyle. By changing your diet, exercise, stress management, and social relationships, you can prevent and even reverse the chronic diseases ravaging so many people in modern societies.

 

Contact Shery Clein, Personal Coach, to get an assessment to adjust your existing regime or move forward with a completely new eating plan.

Anne Ornish and Dean Ornish discuss the following concepts:

  • How chronic diseases share many of their exact causes and, therefore, solutions;
  • Why diet and exercise are even more important than you might think; and
  • Why the most critical health factors are also some of the most surprising.

 

Undo It! Key Idea #1:

There’s a growing scientific and medical consensus that lifestyle changes can prevent and reverse chronic diseases.

Undo It! Key Idea #2:

When it comes to lifestyle changes, slow and steady does not win the race.

Undo It! Key Idea #3:

The underlying causes of chronic illness can be found in, and removed from, our modern lifestyles.

Undo It! Key Idea #4:

A plant-based diet is one of the pillars of maintaining long-term health.

Undo It! Key Idea #5:

Plant-based foods provide health-boosting substances, while often meats and refined carbs do the opposite.

Undo It! Key Idea #6:

Exercise makes you healthier, happier and more alert.

Undo It! Key Idea #7:

Stress is dangerous but also preventable.

Undo It! Key Idea #8:

Strong social connections are a fundamental part of a healthy life.

 

Final Summary

The critical message may be summarised as follows:

Chronic diseases share many of the exact underlying biological mechanisms, and specific aspects of our modern lifestyles aggravate these. Consequently, the key to preventing and reversing chronic diseases is to transform that lifestyle. We can do this by adopting a plant-based diet, exercising, managing our stress and strengthening our social connections.

Actionable advice:

Laugh and smile.

When you laugh at a joke or have a grin on your face, you’re not just expressing the positive emotions of amusement or happiness; you’re also creating positive feelings through the physiological reactions that these behaviours trigger in your body. For example, laughter increases the blood flow throughout your circulatory system and smiling releases endorphins, serotonin and dopamine in your brain. These endorphin hormones and serotonin and dopamine neurotransmitters act like natural painkillers and antidepressants, respectively, providing you with a sense of relief and general well-being.