Beautiful souls, aware of the world around them, are witnessing a societal transformation: a shift in the collective dietary consciousness of an obese, sickly, angry America. Changing their perception of today’s food, many seniors are transcending weapons-grade food-like substances and returning to earth’s verdant garden; reconnecting to the benevolent source of all life and medicine, just like our ancestors.
Poor diet fuels disease and death: The National Institute of Health’s National Heart, Blood and Lung Institute (NHBLI) has recently published data revealing that nearly half of all deaths from heart and metabolic diseases — including type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke — were linked to substandard eating habits.
Eating fresh produce from family gardens or proliferating farmer’s markets not only makes you feel alive and energetic from head to toe, but the daily consumption prevents you from suffering many chronic diseases and overall health maladies. Eating wholesome nourishment from earth’s garden is the secret of living a healthy late life. Poor nutrition can result from failure to eat enough or failure to choose the right kinds of living plant foods.
Researchers at Tufts University made the case that subsidized fruits and vegetables could prevent millions of cases of chronic diseases. Roughly 70% of diseases in the U.S. are chronic and lifestyle-driven, according to the CDC, and nearly half of the population has one or more chronic health conditions, such as diabetes, asthma, heart disease, obesity, or cancer. Food as medicine has been advocated across the healthcare and wellness industries. Last year, the 2018 Farm Bill included a $25 million Produce Prescription Program to fund pilot projects that institute healthier foods.
A panel of esteemed allopathic doctors from Indiana University Medical School recently shared info on the rapidly evolving field of Lifestyle Medicine: the use of evidence-based lifestyle therapeutic approaches, such as a predominantly whole food, plant-based diet, regular physical activity, adequate sleep, stress management, avoidance of risky substance use, and other non-drug modalities, to prevent, treat, and, oftentimes, reverse the lifestyle-related, chronic disease that's all too prevalent in old age. For more information regarding the future of medicine: lifestylemedicine.org
Badder than we thought, The Standard American Diet (SAD) and food industry-policed, corporate food pyramid that seniors were encouraged to follow throughout life has caused endless, preventable suffering from chronic mental and physical dis-ease (JAMA). The SAD however, is being widely abandoned for compassionate, cell-nourishing, scientific dietary knowledge regarding the responsible stewardship of our body, which quantum physics proves is indisputably connected to earth.
What is the Standard American Diet: 63% of America’s calories come from refined and processed foods (e.g. soft drinks, packaged snacks like potato chips, packaged desserts, etc.), 25% of America’s calories come from animal-based foods, and only 12% of America’s calories come from plant-based foods?
Statistics disclose America remains one of the unhealthiest countries in the World. We spend more on healthcare coverage than those who live in some of the world’s wealthiest nations. Yet, Americans have worse health compared to Australia, Canada, and Germany.
After 100 years, many Americans are returning to the earthly garden of original wholeness and health our ancestors used for many millennia as food and medicine: The community farmer’s market. Up until the Industrial Revolution, our ancestors practiced naturopathy: earth’s plant medicine. The Industrial Revolution brutally uprooted us from the garden and tossed society like dirt clogs into the compost pile of nutritional unrighteousness, processed food, and illnesses of vitamin deficiency: malnutrition. Disease rates took off like they were shot from garden sprinklers. Humans evolved to express perfect health when connected to earth’s pharmacy, not pills that hush symptoms: your temple’s way of protesting.
One of many secrets to successfully living is handling changes that come our way. Not overly comfortable in behaviors that incubate and perpetuate disease. Even if we detest it, change is an inevitable part of life whether you’re willing or not. Sure, as we get older, we like things just as they are, thank you. It’s about loving yourself enough to end the suffering by realizing seniors can still plant and fertilize the seeds of a quality late life by adopting a plant-based lifestyle of plant-food from the garden, exercise and a positive outlook. No curmudgeons allowed.
Seniors and all ages can still exercise their critical thinking: disciplined, clear, rational, open-minded and informed by scientific evidence regarding emerging truths; not to indulge what clearly hasn’t worked. Small changes, even this late stage in the game, can offer more quality years of health you deserve, not sickness. Say goodbye to dead food and hello to colorful community farmer markets overflowing with energetic food and plant medicine just like our ancestors did for many millennia. You are a miracle!