Here a just a few of those resources that give me insight, enlightenment, hope, and inspiration.
“The excess protein in our diet has promoted excess oxidation, and we no longer consume enough plant-produced antioxidants to contain and neutralize the damage.” (WHOLE: Rethinking the Science of Nutrition by T. Colin Campbell, p10) So I read that, along with other articles, and I know that two things are important- reigning in on the protein and upping the plant intake. I don’t give myself rules like one 6 oz. steak two times a week, because I will fail at that. I keep it simple and give myself a little grace and say – fill your plate with mostly veggies and start experimenting with some vegetarian-type meals. I will never say I’m done with meat because I can fail at that too, but the easier it becomes to make vegetable based meals, the more likely I will be to eat less meat. Small steps are still steps.
“The whole apple is far more than the sum of it’s parts.” ( WHOLE: Rethinking the Science of Nutrition by T. Colin Campbell, p65) It is tempting to take the pill that tells us it’ll fix it all. And there definitely is a time and place for supplements, vitamins and such, but there’s so much in the food we eat that we don’t even understand yet. Choosing real, whole food is the simplest way for me to ensure I’m getting what I need and more.
“Eat (real) food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” (In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan) This is one of my favorite quotes thus far. It couldn’t be more true, or more simple. It resonates. And it gives me goals and reminders to strive for while I nourish my body.
“What really matters is how your genes interact with the accumulation of your choices.” (The Wahls Protocol by Dr. Terry Wahls, p. 24) Genetics is real. So is our environment. The moment you stop and look around at what you do to your body, put in your body, and expose your body to in just a day, your eyes will be opened to the overload. Being aware of this and making changes to be more simple and kind to our bodies will no doubt give your body more space to do its job.