The Center for Disease Control (CDC) states: Nearly half of all adult Americans have high cholesterol, high blood pressure or diabetes, all conditions that increase the risk of cardiovascular disease.
Just so you know: The problem has very little to do with your genes. The problem is the American diet. Two of my favorite doctors state the following:
Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn: Genes load the gun, but lifestyle pulls the trigger.
Dr. Michael Roizen: It’s much easier to do prevention than treatment.
While many people are led to believe that a total cholesterol of 200 is "normal", Dr. Esselstyn informed me that at 150 you are heart attack proof. While that might be an overstatement, with proper diet and exercise, I got my total cholesterol down to 155 (from 202). How long did it take? Six months!
My suggestion: If you want to stay off all those meds that are advertised on the evening news, change your diet and exercise more.
Here's one last quote for you: Good habits are as addictive as bad habits, and a lot more rewarding. - Harvey MacKay
If you want to learn how easy it is to change your diet, I recommend you purchase Feed Your Head...now!
The CDC has mapped out the trends. When you hear or read about the obesity epidemic, this is the source. It's great for Crayola. They're running out of colors.
Because of the "Food Revolution" everyone is familiar with Huntington, West Virginia, however, Mississippi is the most obese state in the union. Not to worry Ole Miss, you have lots of company.
Note: To view all the percentages, click the full screen icon.
It's difficult to identify a good chip and dip that is both healthy and will satisfy. Today's recommendation at Trader Joe's is: Gazpacho and Tortilla chips.
My ingredients to make a serving of one:
1 - Trader Joe's Tortilla (45 Calories, 7 grams fiber, 3 grams protein)
1/2 - Banana (50 Calories, 1.5 grams fiber, .5 grams protein)
1 - Tablespoon *Almond Butter (85 calories, 1.5 grams fiber, 4 grams protein)
Totals: Calories 230, Fiber 10, Protein 7.5
Heat in microwave for about 17 seconds.
One side benefit for me: I no longer have to throw out rotten bananas! They usually go bad before I have an opportunity to eat "the bunch".
*Try peanut butter too. I use the organic crunchy peanut butter.
National Geographic has an interesting piece about this. It reviewed three areas in the world where people live long and productive lives. Check it out.