Disease Prevention

“The body maintains balance in only a handful of ways. At the end of the day, disease occurs when these basic systems are out of whack.” – Mark Hyman, M.D.

A few years ago, I stumbled upon the Netflix documentary “forks over knives” and could not stop talking about the findings to my friends and family.

For those of you who haven’t seen it, or it’s been a while, here is the premise per Google “Researchers explore the possibility that people changing their diets from animal-based to plant-based can help eliminate or control diseases like cancer and diabetes.”

The questions I found myself asking: What if instead of eating a way we know isn’t healthy and counting on modern medicine to help or control chronic conditions such as cancer and diabetes, we don’t get them in the first place by eating a plant based diet?

Instead of surgery aka knives, the producers want us to choose a healthy lifestyle aka forks so we never have a disease to manage in the first place. So the old saying an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure comes to mind.

What if we look at food at a way to prevent chronic disease? Yesterday, I asked you to look at it as a way to get your best performance at work or when you need to focus. Note in either scenario, it isn’t entertainment, a friend, a distraction or a celebration.

So how should we eat per Forks Over Knives to prevent cancer and diabetes? This isn’t going to be a huge shocker to most of you but, it does NOT involve fast food, soda or candy.

The researchers recommend a plant based diet, lots of water, and nothing with a label or a Mother. So, yes it a meatless diet. They call it plant-based, but full disclosure, it does not include steak, even if the cow was treated humanely. This isn’t highlighted but I wanted to point it out.

The next time you think about what’s for dinner, what if you were to reframe it to what choices would prevent disease best?

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