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It’s not just about weight loss…

A permanent and sustainable healthy lifestyle is about a lot more than just losing a few unwanted pounds.

Mother Nature’s Diet is a permanent, sustainable healthy lifestyle. It’s about a whole lot more than just “eat less sugar, get more exercise and you’ll lose those unwanted extra pounds.” I mean, sure, it is about losing the unwanted pounds through an improved diet and more regular, varied exercise, but that’s most definitely not the whole story.

The 12 Core Principles of other Mother Nature’s Diet encompass broad healthy lifestyle advice aimed at helping the majority of people to improve their lives through healthy living. Weight loss, improved feelings of energy and vitality, better fitness and athletic performance, resisting the signs of ageing and resisting ill health.

Beyond the obvious

Looking beyond the popular topic of weight loss, beyond the obvious subjects of nutrition and exercise, there are other areas that demand demand our attention for a complete, balanced, sustainable healthy lifestyle.

Firstly, this piece in The Guardian running under the headline UN experts denounce ‘myth’ pesticides are necessary to feed the world is something you really should read. The headline is of great interest to me as I read a lot about population growth and sustainable agriculture, but there is much more of interest to this story than the headline suggests. I urge you to read the article, where you will find the following statements:

A new report, being presented to the UN human rights council on Wednesday, is severely critical of the global corporations that manufacture pesticides, accusing them of the “systematic denial of harms”, “aggressive, unethical marketing tactics” and heavy lobbying of governments which has “obstructed reforms and paralysed global pesticide restrictions”.

And –

“The report says pesticides have “catastrophic impacts on the environment, human health and society as a whole”, including an estimated 200,000 deaths a year from acute poisoning.”

Wow! This is huge, and if there are 200,000 deaths from acute poisoning, I can only imagine the number of deaths from chronic poisoning, or from pesticides as a ‘contributing factor’, which are yet to be proven. Such data is of staggering significance.

Pesticides contain compounds knows as POPs, Persistent Organic Pollutants. These are chemical compounds that can bioaccumulate in humans, animals and fish, and the effects of this bioaccumulation over many years are very hard to study. POPs have been linked to obesity, hormone function, cancer, diabetes, heart disease and more.

The article continues –

The new report, which is co-authored by Baskut Tuncak, the UN’s special rapporteur on toxics, said: “While scientific research confirms the adverse effects of pesticides, proving a definitive link between exposure and human diseases or conditions or harm to the ecosystem presents a considerable challenge. This challenge has been exacerbated by a systematic denial, fuelled by the pesticide and agro-industry, of the magnitude of the damage inflicted by these chemicals, and aggressive, unethical marketing tactics.”

I urge you to read that Guardian article and keep an eye on this story going forward. And, if you are interested in learning more about the rich world of the soil beneath our feet, then this article explains how we are learning more all the time about the amazing universe of life that exists down in the soil, and how we need to plough less, and let the soil work it’s magic, free from disturbance and chemicals. And this article raises some serious alarm bells about how we are depleting that soil fast, through too much intensive, unsustainable farming.

Of course, the 12 Core Principles of Mother Nature’s Diet have been written to cover this. Core Principle 8 urges you to buy organic, for your health and for your children. We all understand the ‘economies of scale’ and the more of us shop organic now, so the supermarkets will supply more, and in time prices will come down. But for now, if you are worried about the cost of organics, then apply some common sense – things like bananas, coconuts, pineapples and avocado you can buy the regular version, because the skin is removed and thrown away. But things like apples, broccoli, spinach and fresh summer berries, you should buy organic, because any pesticide residue on the food ends up inside you.

The more health conscious you are, the more servings of fruit and veg you eat each week, the more important this issue becomes! If you only eat one apple per month, you probably don’t need to worry about pesticide residues, but if you eat three every day, then you have every reason to be very concerned.

Get out – and stay out

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The other area we need to look at is how much time we spend outside. This news article is well worth reading, from Wired magazine, titled You Spend 5 Percent of Your Day Outside. Try Making It More. It will only take you five minutes to read this short article, and it explains the hard-to-quantify health benefits of spending more time outside. I quote the article –

“The science has shown that, although we think we like nature, we undervalue how much it helps us—how good it makes us feel. There’s this vicious cycle: We don’t spend enough time in nature to let us know how good it makes us feel, and then because we don’t know how good it makes us feel we don’t spend enough time in nature.”

I think is a fundamentally important point – we don’t realise how much we miss time outdoors until we spend more time outdoors. So not spending time outside becomes a vicious self-fulfilling prophesy, leading to less time outside. Time outside in natural environments can benefit all manner of health problems. “Scientists and the medical community are working really hard on preventative medicine: how to prevent depression and suicide, obesity, chronic disease.”

In Japan this has been known for a long time. The Japanese practice of ‘forest bathing’ is scientifically proven to improve your health.

Again, of course, all this is catered for in the 12 Core Principles of Mother Nature’s Diet, which is a meticulously detailed healthy lifestyle designed to meet the broadest possible spread of health benefits. Core Principle 11 suggests you enjoy nature, spend time outdoors every day, disconnect from email and social media for a day, go walking, get more fresh air and sunshine, watch less TV and get out on the hills.

It’s all there for you, Mother Nature’s Diet ticks all the boxes for you – you just have to follow the 12 Core Principles and enjoy the benefits.

To your good health!

Karl

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