We have sprung into Spring and whilst some days it still feels like Winter, the sunny mornings and lighter evenings are welcome signs of change and hope rises for a summer like last year.
Spring is a good time not only for a clean out of the house, the wardrobes and the garden but also a good time for a spring clean of the inner workings of the body and a fresh look at what we are eating day in and day out.
And if you need any extra motivation, the recent global study into the worlds dietary habits might help. The study, printed in the Lancet Journal, has been widely reported in the press early in April with headlines such as:
‘Bad diets are now responsible for more deaths than smoking’
‘Poor diets deadlier than smoking’
‘Western Diet now killing more than smoking and high blood pressure’
The researchers found that in 2017, across 195 countries, poor diet was responsible for 11 million deaths, or 22% of the total recorded whilst smoking was associated with 8 million deaths.
Low intake of whole grains and fruits, and high consumption of sodium (salt) accounted for more than half of diet-related deaths. The rest were attributed to high consumption of red and processed meat, sugar-sweetened drinks, and other unhealthy foods including those containing trans-fatty acids. Most diet-related deaths were due to heart disease, followed by cancers and Type 2 diabetes. Poor diet also caused a huge burden of disability, the researchers reported.
And whilst the headline is new, with our diet taking over from smoking as the biggest cause of preventable death globally, the dietary elements studied are nothing new. We know too much sugar, bad fats and salt are bad for us and that fruit, vegetables, nuts, seeds, legumes are good for us.
What this research suggests is that government policies should now concentrate more on what we should be eating rather than what we should not be eating.
This is exactly what I advise clients who want to make changes. I suggest they focus on including more of the good stuff - more fruit and veg, more pulses, more good quality protein, more healthy fats. Eventually you crowd out the bad stuff and get the balance.
These changes will increase your nutrient intake and absorption, and up the fibre consumption. All these nutrients, antioxidants, fibre and water will help the body to naturally spring clean (detoxify) by supporting the liver and elimination pathways.
Change is always best introduced slowly. Pick one change to make and do it consistently. Step by step and maybe the 2019 global diet study will have more positive results. And if you want any help check out my May Events - Nutrition for Happy and Health Weight Loss and Reduce Toxins in your Life
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