Ronit Mor, ND
Secret #4: Opt for Humanely-Raised Meat & Poultry.
The classic idiom “you are what you eat” applies just as well to farm animals as it does to humans. How animals, that are raised for meat, eggs and dairy, are treated can make a big difference in our diets and our ecosystem.
Most animals in the U.S. are raised in confined animal feeding operations - “factory farms” - where they are crammed together into warehouses or small cages, forced to stand in their own urine and feces, given hormones to make them grow faster and larger and produce more, are not allowed to express their natural behaviors, are bred in ways that cause physical deformations, and are fed a sickening variety of waste products including meat judged unfit for human consumption, manure and even plastic (supposedly to replace natural sources of fiber like grass and leaves). They are also stuffed full of growth hormones, arsenic (routinely fed to chickens and pigs), and antibiotics to make them grow or gain weight more quickly. These animals are more prone to toxicity, disease and injury, and are depressed and stressed. Nevertheless, animal suffering and dignity are immaterial for factory farms as long as they can minimize costs and maximize overall production per unit cost.
Ronit Mor, ND
Secret #3: Go Easy On Processed Foods.
Researchers who have analyzed U.S. eating habits sum up what is wrong with our diet in just two words: ultra-processed foods. These are foods that contain ingredients such as colors, flavors, sweeteners, preservatives, hydrogenated oils, emulsifiers and other additives that would ordinarily not be found in our kitchen.
Ronit Mor, ND
The quality of our nutrition consists of more than just the right balance of macronutrients or correct number of calories eaten. It is nutrient dense, not calorie scarce. It is a tool, not a punishment, and should provide our body with nourishment and energy it needs to function in at optimum level.
Focusing on filling our plate with an abundance of vibrant food with a colorful phytonutrients, vitamins and minerals is much more important than minimizing the number of calories or certain macronutrients we consume. Adopting the approach of maximizing the amount of nutrients we ingest rather than minimizing the number of calories, serves to supply our bodies the nourishment necessary to thrive, not just survive.
Russell Skinner, MD
Neuroscientists at the University of Pittsburgh have identified the neural networks that connect the cerebral cortex to the adrenal medulla, which is responsible for the body’s rapid response in stressful situations. These findings, reported in the online Early Edition of the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), provide evidence for the neural basis of a mind-body connection.
We all accept that stress is terrible for us, and that when our mental health suffers, the rest of our health follows suit. And yet the branch of medicine that’s devoted to this integral relationship—psychosomatic medicine—is often written off as pseudoscience.