Is Your Diet a SAD Story?

Do you eat a Standard American Diet? If so, your diet – and ultimately your health – might be a SAD story!

The SAD diet is high in meats, especially highly-processed lunch-type meats, milk-based foods (cheese yogurt, cottage cheese, etc.), potatoes, processed and prepared foods, fried foods, and sweets.

In contrast, a healthy, nutritious diet has high levels of colorful fresh fruits and vegetables, good fats (avocados, olive oil, nuts), limited eggs, poultry and fish, and plenty of pure, fresh water.

The SAD diet could — and often does – lead Americans to a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes. If you are predisposed to diabetes by family history, it is essential that you reduce the amount of sugar in your diet so that your pancreas can survive.

Type 2 diabetes used to be called adult-onset diabetes because it was typically seen after the age of 40. Did you know that this disease is being diagnosed in children as young as elementary school age? Our diets and sedentary computer lifestyles are creating serious health problems.

At the beginning of the New Year is a perfect time to start developing some new healthy habits! You can reduce your risk of developing heart disease or type 2 diabetes by making a few changes on a gradient basis:

1. Get moving – walking, bicycling, swimming – any activity that gets you moving. Clean the house. Walk up and down stairs. Sit less.
2. Eliminate soda. Any kind, including diet soda.
3. Eliminate any foods containing high-fructose corn syrup.
4. Get a Glycemic index chart. It tells you what foods convert into high blood sugar easily. Avoid those foods with a high Glycemic index.
5. Reduce your intake of bread, rice and rice cakes, pasta, sweets, and fruit juice.
6. Eat five full servings of fresh vegetables daily.
7. Increase the good fats – olive oil, avocados, and nuts.
8. Do not eat anything hydrogenated (foods that have been altered to become more solid, like margarine and shortening). Read labels.

Take it slow and steady. You will certainly feel better. Ask me about nutritional support when you come in for your next appointment.

How is Dr. Charlene Thorburn different from other Chiropractors? In addition to her Chiropractic degree, she is a Registered Nurse (RN). Dr. Thorburn is also a nutritional professional with over 30 years of research and knowledge in the areas of nutrition and the healing quality of natural supplements. This gives her a well-rounded medical perspective and a unique ability to diagnose, treat, and get great results for her patients.

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