Eating well and exercising is not just about having a great body (although it really does help 🙂 ) but it’s also about preventing age related diseases like high blood pressure, heart disease, arthritis, adult onset diabetes, stroke, cancer, etc. We think that these are inevitable consequences of aging, but we are now finding out that this is not necessarily true. We actually have a lot more control over how we age than you might think. Healthy aging is mainly the result of how we “communicate” with our genes — through our diet, our lifestyle and the environment.
I was reading a great article by a physician called Dr Frank Lipman in which he talks about the above and I wanted to share this with you. The whole article really did strike a chord with me especially when he said “The food you eat affects the functioning of your genes.” And he then went on to list 10 ways in which we can communicate with our genes with food. This is what he said.
1) Eat real food ie fresh, whole, unrefined and unprocessed food. Food is more than a delivery system for nutrients containing protein, fat, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals and . Real food is more than the sum of its parts, it’s about how it all works together, about the integrity of the information or the total message. Although you should know how to read food labels, most real food does not come with a label …vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, grass fed meats, wild fish, organic chicken and eggs etc.
2) Although there is no one right diet for everyone (as we are all different), try eat as close to nature as possible because the further removed food is from its source the less good data it will contain, and the more likely it is of being a “food-like substance” and not real food.
3) Select fruits and vegetables in a wide variety of colors.
4) Buy fresh foods whenever you can, preferably organic and locally grown if possible. Fresh foods are better than frozen foods, which are better than canned foods.
5) Stop eating when you are 80% full.
6) Be skeptical of foods that come individually labeled with a health claim. Most healthy foods don’t need a health claim. Have you ever seen a health claim on a bunch of broccoli or on a box of blueberries?
7) Be wary of foods you’ve seen advertised as the vast majority of these are processed foods.
Be careful of obsessive calorie counting. Figuring your diet simply in terms of calories or even percentages of protein, fat and carbohydrate, can inadvertently deprive your body of the “complete” messages that real, whole foods provide .
9) Enjoy your food, preferably in the company of people you love.
10) Don’t waste your time feeling guilty if you ate the “wrong” thing.
I really could not have put it better myself! This is how I live my lifestyle but it’s always a great reminder to have it laid out like this in front of you at times of need!
Frank Lipman MD is an internationally recognised expert in the fields of Integrative and Functional Medicine. A practicing physician, he is the founder and director of the Eleven Eleven Wellness Center in NYC and the developer of Be Well by Dr. Frank Lipman,