Think About What You Eat and Be Involved In The Process
Most people say don’t ever discuss politics or religion as they can lead to heated debates at the dinner table. I say don’t discuss food because it is just as volatile a subject as politics and religion. One of the number one questions patients ask me when they are being healthier is “Doctor what should I be eating for the best diet??” That is a loaded question that needs a full book to answer. Obviously, you need to test your body for different food sensitivities to find out what foods aregood or bad for you. We use food sensitivity testing in our office to help answer some of those questions for the patients we treat. We do pre and post testing to see how patients respond to the recommendations we make and most often those treated in our clinic gain a better report card on their follow-up testing. This tells me we are making positive impacts on a patient’s health. The testing offers a scientific approach to a healthier you, but what if there was no science??? What would you do if you didn’t have a test to tell you what foods are good for you…??
Eating food and obtaining food is something we take for granted in the United States. Most of us spend almost no time at all thinking about from where the foods we eat come. This can create disconnect from a variety of topics related to the foods we eat. I feel this disconnect is one reason our society is fatter and sicker than it ever has been in all of history!!
The point of my article today is not to make you feel bad about food but to hopefully inspire you to start creating more of a philosophy on the foods you choose to eat and be excited about what you are putting into your body. The healthy attitude you choose about food is one of those golden tickets that helps you live that longer, stronger, and healthier life. [Click to Tweet]
This is the first year that I have dedicated a large amount of effort to deer hunting. I have read the forums, watched you tube videos, and spent time and money towards the hunt of white-tailed deer. I would still consider myself and amateur deer hunter but I learned valuable life lessons and now consider the foods that I put into my body every day. I am yet to actually harvest a deer but I feel the experience at this point has made me a healthier person. Let me explain… Everything about the process brings me satisfaction, besides my wife yelling at me to get home because I’ve been gone too long! Seriously though, the thrill of hunting is in the hunt. From the early season scouting and being out in nature has a therapeutic effect that can only be had if you are out in nature doing it. I get regular physical exercise when hiking to my tree stand located on public land which also brings elements of health. The American Heart Association recommends at least 45 minutes of regular exercise/3x/ per week to lower your chance of a cardiovascular event.(1)
Before the times of going to your local Giant Eagle and picking up your food for the day, you had to either grow, hunt, or collect your own foods. The activities surrounding collecting and preparing food brought hidden benefits that one cannot get by going to their local market. We should all take part in actively collecting our foods one way or another to see what goes into the process and hopefully be a healthier you.
Below is a list of common things you could do at home or in your area to stimulate the process.
- Hunting or Fishing
- Grow a herb garden
- Go Berry Picking
- Start an Aquaponics Garden
- Make your own Maple Syrup
So next time you go to the grocery store, at least think about how easy it is for you to get food without much effort. If you want greater self-reliability and better health, do something to create your own food. [Click to Tweet]
Dr. Andrew Kender, D.C.
January 24, 2016
Functional Endocrinology of Ohio
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Dr. Keith S. Ungar and Dr. Andrew Kender, Chiropractic Physicians