Various Ways to Eat Healthy without “Dieting”
During my illness last year, a digestive system Surgeon at the Álvaro Cunqueiro Hospital in Vigo Spain, said the following to me: “Antonio, what we eat can affect the way we feel, think, and behave”. After doing some research and discussing the subject with various specialists, I was surprised to find that indeed, the gastrointestinal tract has often been called the “second brain”. You have all probably heard the phrase “gut feeling”. Actually, we don’t often feel our guts, until it’s too late. Nobel Prize winner and microbiologist Elie Metchnikoff once said, “Death begins in the colon.” Based on his years of research in the early 1900s he concluded that disease and aging are mostly due to toxic bacteria in the gut. While that idea may seem a bit farfetched, when you have an understanding of the havoc that a dysfunctional gastrointestinal system has on the body, his theories suddenly become far more plausible. The gastrointestinal system is one of the most underappreciated systems in the body. It has a profound impact on our health, function, and well-being all of which affect our ability to achieve our physique goals. During the course of our lifetimes, many of us will suffer from poor GI function. Be prepared for this and have a plan in place for when it happens.“The gut is always right.” Amongst other health issues I was also suffering from a digestive disorder and believe me it can be challenging to eat right. Digestive disorders often require dietary restrictions. This means that when your diet is restricted, it can be harder to ensure that you’re giving your body all of the nutrients it needs. During the various consultations with the digestive system specialist he warned: “Antonio what you eat can contribute to digestive problems, I’m sure that you eat too much processed food and sugar, and not enough fibre, fruits, and vegetables. So these poor eating habits, combined with eating too quickly or skipping meals may also be part of your problem.” Many digestive problems can be prevented by eating a healthy, balanced diet. The following are healthy foods that I incorporated into my diet. FRUIT: Apples, Avocados, Bananas, Berries, Grapes, Honeydew, Kiwi, Mango, Nectarines, Papaya, Peaches, Pears, Prunes, Watermelon. VEGETABLES: Asparagus, Beans (green, kidney, lima, navy, soybeans, yellow), Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Corn, Cucumbers, Leeks, Mushrooms, Onions, Peas, Peppers (green, red, or yellow), Potatoes, Radishes. Spinach, Squash, Tomatoes, Turnips, Vegetable Juices, Zucchinis. MEAT/PROTEIN: Eggs, Dried peas, beans, and lentils, Fish, Lean meats, Nuts, Peanut butter, Poultry, Seeds, Tofu, GRAINS: Multigrain breads, cereals and crackers, Rice (brown or wild), Whole wheat pasta.