The Cure Is In Your Food

I like to think that America is in the midst of a food revolution. All the books available on improving one’s health by eating a good diet, and books about how to green the home and save the planet, articles on health and nutrition in magazines and newsletters, helps me to maintain the illusion that progress has been made and victory is within our grasp. Then The New York Times comes along and bursts my bubble with an article by Roni Caryn Rabin, showing the latest statistics for Americans eating habits.

According to a national survey of Americans age 40 to age 74, those eating five servings of fruits and vegetables per day has dropped from 42 percent to 26 percent. At the same time the obesity rate increased from 28 percent to 36 percent and the percentage of people who exercise dropped by half. The study, reported in the June issue of The American Journal of Medicine, proved disappointing to its lead author, Dr. Dana E. King, who was concerned that people are using medication to control their cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease, rather than eating a high quality diet and getting regular exercise.

It is the nature of the human mind to deceive itself into believing what it wants to believe, and one of the greatest deceptions is that ultimate health can be found in a pill. Sorry to burst that bubble, but the only one benefiting from this lie is the pharmaceutical companies who indulge Americans addiction to greasy burgers, fries, sugar, and soda pop. Author Eric Schlosser wrote in Fast Food Nation how, “In 1970 Americans spent about $6 billion on fast food; in 2000 they spent more than $110 billion dollars. Americans now spend more money on fast food than on higher education, personal computers, computer software, or new cars. They spend more on fast food than on movies, books, magazines, newspapers, videos, and recorded music combined.”

Taking a pill in place of eating a whole foods diet, only creates a build up of toxins and poisonous sludge in the blood. It is not much different than how a river or ocean becomes contaminated, and when this happens there is only one thing to do. Cleanse, detoxify, go on a diet, renew, rejuvenate, recover. Now, I’m not talking about doing a quick seven-day laxative induced, fasting binge, which is just another illusion that there’s relief to be found in pill form. No, I’m talking about a gradual shift off of stress causing foods: refined wheat flour, refined sugar, pasteurized dairy products, caffeine, alcohol and artificial sweeteners, flavorings and colorings. To a diet consisting of alkaline forming foods found in organic fruits and vegetables, plus whole grains, small amounts of animal protein, beans, legumes, nuts, seeds, probiotic rich fermented vegetables and fresh herbs.

This way of eating allows your filtering organs time to cleanse gradually, so the liver can purify the blood in order for the cells to rejuvenate and rebuild. With enough time the entire body, including DNA can remake itself. A good cleansing program should last five to six weeks to really be effective. However, in order to remake and heal the body, plan for at least a full year. Perhaps not as fast as you were hoping to find in pill form, but most pharmaceutical medications will only mask the symptoms. Better to take the time, provide all the needed nutrients in the form of whole, organic food and let your body do the healing work. After all that’s what nature intended.

Delia Quigley is the Director of StillPoint Schoolhouse, where she teaches a holistic lifestyle designed to achieve optimal health and well being, based on her 28 years of study, experience and practice. She is the creator of the Body Rejuvenation Cleanse, Cooking the Basics videos and classes, and Broken Bodies Yoga. Delia’s credentials include holistic nutritional counselor, natural foods chef, yoga instructor, energy therapist and public speaker.

Quigley is the author of seven books on health and nutrition, including:The Body Rejuvenation Cleanse, The Complete Idiots Guide to Detoxing Your Body, The Everything SuperFoods Book, and Empowering Your Life With Meditation, available on Amazon.com. To view her website go to: www.deliaquigley.com

By Delia Quigley

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Bradley Harris
Bradley Harris6 years ago

I think america is finally waking up that our diet and our obssesion for unhealthy food is going to kill us. I aadvocate going Vegtarian.

Kelly c.
Kelly c.6 years ago

Yep, exercise and real wholesome untainted foods are the body's "fertilizers"! Our body is very much like a garden - give it the right stuff and your "garden" will flourish.

Raminta Sim
Raminta Sim6 years ago

please sign this petition for vegetarian food restaurants http://www.blussa.com/sign-petition.htm?petitionId=29

Elizabeth Koeppe
Elizabeth Koeppe6 years ago

I think that it is very important to eat right to stay healthy, however, it can be very beneficial to take supplements IF they are the right kind. Supplements must be natural and must not contain any type of synthetic or harmful ingredients or dyes. In addition, it is extremely important that the company who makes the supplements is interested in the science and quality put into the supplement, not their own profit. Luckily, there is a company that does just that! Email me if you are interested in hearing more: ekoeppe@care2.com
I would also like to point out that a study that was done showed that people over the age of 65 who do not take these particular supplements are on an average of 19 prescription medications, while those that are take an average of less than 1 prescription medication...that's pretty significant!

Cetan te Neuse
.6 years ago

I was told by my Cardiologest that I HAVE to start eating better as I have multi heart problems starting from birth,the newest one is water around the heart WHICH I have to take meds for.
I have been eating organic fruits and veggies WHITE meats ONLY,I have been drinking water a lot more than I ever have;in doing all of this I have been losing weight and feeling great.
The Doc would like to see me get down to between 114-120 no more than one 120 no less than 114.
So dar I have lose 10 lbs. in one week I don't diet I eat 6 small meals a day,I walk every day that I can(I work at home);I feel so much better by doing these things every day.
I hope that everyone else will start to feel great about themselves as well.

Happy eating everyone

Cetan

Nikolas Karman
Nikolas K.6 years ago

Turn all macca, KFC and wendies etc sites into community gardens and watch the health of a nation soar and bloom and see the medical Mafia try to learn how to grow vegetables lol

Elizabeth Koeppe
Elizabeth Koeppe6 years ago

It is so true that doctors are not typically educated in nutrition...at least not in depth. It is a really good idea to not only eat well, but also to take supplements. Unfortunately, the supplements sold at grocery and retail stores are full of synthetic ingredients and toxic dyes. There is a company that is the #1 health and wellness company in the US and has been around for over 50 years. The supplements are all natural and contain no synthetic ingredients or dyes. They also work at the cellular level to ensure absorption into the body. Let me know if you are interested in hearing more: ekoeppe@care2.com

Beth H.
Beth G.6 years ago

Am somewhat of a food snob in a good way, because when it comes to food fruits, vegetables and whole grains are #1 in my diet. Rarely eat meat unless its served to me as a guest and even then I don't eat a lot.

What I love about growing a vegetable garden and having a local farmers market, is the ability I have to have healthy whole food.

Really read food labels since salt and corn syrup sweeteners are hidden in so many food items. So for breakfast its oatmeal of fresh fruit, or on occasion shredded wheat.

Salads make up a huge part of my diet. Not average salads, but salads with plenty of greens, beans, and some six other vegetables. For my sweet tooth I eat grapes, watermelon, berries. And because I eat healthy I eat less, which helps me be more healthy.

Americans really need to eat healthier.
Something that concerns me when they talk about national health insurance. High medical costs often are related to poor lifestyle choices.

Kent M.

Great article! People eat processed junk all the time and then wonder why they have health issues down the road.

Raw, unprocessed honey is great for balancing the blood sugar--helps in the crawing of refined white sugar!