17 Jun 2011
- Written by Tri-State Defender Newsroom
Dr. Timothy Moore
Do you remember when you were told to eat your vegetables? I do. Although the directive seemed so cruel at the time, there was a reason why we were told to eat our vegetables. They are building blocks to good health. Good nutrition is essential for organ development and normal growth. The question often asked is, “What substance helps to maintain vibrant health?” There’s not any one single substance.
There are a few specific minerals and vitamins that are known to be more important in the function of body organs. Nutrients, however, are totally dependent on the presence of other substances for the very best effect. So when possible, every effort is needed to maintain a balanced and adequate daily intake of key nutrients from fruits and vegetables to remain healthy.
Not eating nutritious food can lead to deficiencies and diseases. Essential nutrients are needed to maintain body tissue and cells. The benefits that one gets from changing to a healthy diet are enormous. Your nagging headaches and sinus problems will end. You’ll experience renewed vigor and lose weight if you’re obese. This is change you can live with. Right?
Food can be rejuvenating – if you’re eating the right food, that is. Try growing vegetables in your garden, or buying fresh vegetables from your local market. The key to optimum health is eating good, wholesome fruit and vegetables. It’ll restore balance in the body and cause you to feel vibrant.
When understanding the power of natural, plant-based food, you’ll drop everything to change your bad eating habits. You’d want to live and not grapple with the many health-related problems that surface as a result of eating unhealthy. You won’t rely on prescription drugs either to make you feel better or seek a cure for an ailment that comes from eating the wrong food. However, if you’re content with eating unhealthy and popping prescription drugs, there will never be a magic pill to help you overcome your health challenges.
Just think about it for a moment. Who do you know on prescription drugs who have been cured after taking them? I’ll answer that for you. No one. Eating the right food can be life-saving and give you a new outlook on life. Preparing good food is not time-consuming, as you might think. I know...I know...it’s quicker to go to a fast food restaurant – but the food is unhealthy and has no nutritional value.
If you suffer with allergies, you’ll be surprised to learn that the right food choice can rid the body of any number of invasions. When you’re shopping for something other than fresh fruit and vegetables, look at the product label for the ingredients. It’ll help you make the right decision.
If you don’t take care of your own mind, body and soul, you can’t depend on your family, friends or even the state to take care of you. Just ask them. You might be surprised to learn that that person is usually the one you really don’t care for or you won’t be happy with. The choice is yours. If you want your quality of life to improve, make the right move, the right choice. This journey has to be yours and yours alone.
I have a confession. The combined weight of some of the members of my family is 1,200 pounds. Now you know why I’m a stickler for weight reduction. However, since I’ve been working with them, it seems everyone has the answer to losing weight. The sad part is this: Why didn’t they come forth sooner?
A diet change is necessary if my family members and others want to live. Weight loss is taking place, however, but the most important part of the story is that those family members are beginning to understand the value of nutrition and all its benefits.
Make the change today, and you’ll love your new healthy lifestyle.
Join me Saturday, June 18, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Tri-State Defender’s Let’s Move Memphis Health Fair and Family Fun Day at the new Manassas High School, 1111 North Manassas. I will be preparing healthy meals and demonstrating simple cooking methods.