By any measure, the world’s health is failing. We spend far more on health care each year and very little on disease prevention. To make matters worse, we are leading our youth down a path of disease earlier and earlier in their lives. Kids are overweight or are at risk of becoming overweight and are falling prey to a form of diabetes that used to be seen only in adults, and children now take more prescription drugs than ever before. What’s the answer? It really is very simple: breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Breakfast: The Most Important Meal of the Day
It is indisputable; breakfast makes the biggest impact on your health. It is true medicine. Breaking the ‘fast’ after sleeping, we need the energy to get going. Blood sugar can be low from fasting during the night. Wholegrains make the perfect breakfast by releasing energy slowly and keeping you on your toes all morning because they are burned most efficiently as a fuel source.
Miso soup is a great vehicle to nourish the spleen, which governs digestion, and is a wonderful alkalizing food and perfect to start off your day. Beans are the most alkalizing form of protein, and as you know, miso is made from organic soybeans. Remember, only organic soybeans should be used; avoid GMOs. Green juice is also a perfect start to the day, delivering incredible health benefits, or for the more adventurous of you, try some steamed greens.
What To Do?
The simplest way to begin is by setting a direction for yourself and moving towards a goal that you feel is possible to reach. Write down the steps you need to take to get you there. Something like, “In three months’ time, I will have a whole food, plant-based, vegan kitchen.” Check out your local supermarket and natural food store for healthy alternatives. Start reading labels. Many of the foods labeled ‘healthy’ have fructose, corn syrup, and other forms of processed chemicals and additives. So anything with more than three or four ingredients in it is made by a chemist and not Mother Nature.
Connect with people who are also eating a healthy diet.
It is not always possible to make an immediate change, especially when families are involved and might have differing views. When shopping, start buying organic produce and sugar-free jams, biscuits, and juices. Slowly begin to replace the processed items with those of better quality such as sea salt, brown rice vinegar, and organic products.
Try a new recipe each week that would appeal to your family, such as noodles or fried rice, once or twice a week with lots of tasty steamed or sauteed vegetables. Soups are always a popular choice. You can add miso to almost any bean or vegetable soup. You will be surprised how a small shift in direction will start to have great results. If your family is willing to try the ‘new’ foods, they will also begin to change their diet naturally without it being forced upon them.
Change often seems more difficult than it actually is, and the constant thinking about it is what gets us stuck. Once you create action by starting to put things into practice, life becomes much easier. Suggest to your family that they also become involved in this new way of eating and research the effect of food on their health.
Hydrate- Exercise- Eat Plants- Go Vegan– You can’t change your life, without changing your life.