My friend’s husband is overweight, perpetually tired and cranky. He eats out several nights a week for business, often at the top steak restaurants that serve monster sized portions.
If you ask him about his health, he says that his cholesterol and blood pressure are in the normal range, despite that he takes medications for high blood pressure and cholesterol control.
Prince Charles to the rescue! The Royal Highness is one of the few world leaders who has bravely vocalized the need for sustainable farms in his newly released book, On the Future of Food.
A sustainable farm, as described by Eric Schlossberg of the Atlantic, “maintains the resilience of the entire ecosystem by encouraging a rich level of biodiversity in the soil, in its water supply, and in the wildlife — the birds, insects, and bees that maintain the health of the whole system. Sustainable farming also recognizes the importance to the soil of planting trees; of protecting and enhancing water-catchment systems; of mitigating, rather than adding to, climate change….One where antibiotics are only used on animals to treat illnesses, not deployed in prophylactic doses to prevent them; and where those animals are fed on grass-based regimes as Nature intended.”
Many of us grew up eating foods from these sustainable farms and, guess what? Obesity, heart disease, Type II Diabetes and other metabolic disorders were not nearly as rampant as they are today. For example, diabetes has grown 4 fold since 1980.
Today, many of us, like my friend’s husband, take medications that mask the underlying illness. The blood tests come out normal so we think we can eat whatever we want. The truth is, eventually this type of lifestyle catches up with us.
What are you waiting for to feel your best!