WARNING: Don’t Go Blind with THIS Eating Strategy

A heartbreaking headline crossed the screens recently.

“Teenager goes blind from years-long diet of french fries, potato chips and white bread!”

I am sorry!

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Science Says: Eating nothing but fries, potato chips, and white bread can make you go blind.

Apparently the doctors and people around him said that he looked healthy and no visual factors indicated that he was in serious condition.

You Can’t Judge a person’s health by their appearance alone!

Behavior is another important way to understand the potential health consequences occurring within a body. The behavior of selectively avoiding anything fresh or colorful in an eating habit could lead to dire consequences, such as blindness!

I have seen people in larger bodies do amazing things in a fitness setting and my experiences in fitness have led me to believe that you can be healthy and fit in so many different shapes and sizes.

That being said, you can also be unhealthy and unfit in so many ways too. Therefore, we should all strive to attain regular consumption of fresh greens and also veggies of the colorful variety because doing so can possibly lead to healthy normal function in all systems of the body.

Essential nutrients may be essential to living, while non-essential nutrients may be essential to well-being.

Personally, I love the feeling after I eat the Red Chard vegetable leaves, for example. Lately, I have been placing a layer of pico de gallo sauerkraut on top of the boiled red chard and the taste is quite palatable.

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To me, these are beautiful red chard leaves and I would probably boil them at home in my own comfort.

One reason I love red chard is because it provides many of the benefits of beets without the sugars. The red antioxidant can be strongly present in the veins of the chard leaves (if rainbow chard, you get more variety of antioxidant). The nutrients found within the green leaves also help to promote healthy blood sugar so that my body has the incentive to keep overall fat-mass on the healthy side.

Key Takeaway: Blindness is Caused by a Junk Food Diet.

Seriously, eat your damn vegetables. I have to tell myself this over and over. Trust me, I don’t want to eat vegetables every day.

Unfortunately for me, I have been in settings where I have seen the consequences of poor eating and I have witnessed a quality of life that I never wish for anybody.

Food literally interacts with our DNA and genetic expression. This processed environment that we often ingest is too over-stimulating for our bodies to handle, and may be strongly related to obesity, heart disease, cancer and more.

You may be able to change your life with nutritionally motivated eating

I will have more articles about how to use food for disease prevention coming up. Of course, I am still very interested in using nutrition for keeping body fat at healthy levels so there will be more content related to that as well.

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4 Health Benefits of Guacamole

Have you made guacamole or do you remember the first time you made it?

Guacamole for Fitness Gains

I’m passionate about food in a big way. I was blessed to be able to stuff food into my stomach and I’ve learned that some ways of eating are better than others.

^ New video! Watch me make my famous Guacamole! Also if you’re on YouTube, hit that subscribe button 🙂

Benefits of Guacamole for Health and Fitness

In this article, we’ll talk about some of the benefits of the particular ingredients in guacamole that may be relevant for a person interested in fitness, fat loss, and health.

1. High Fiber

People who consume higher fiber on average are at less risk for many types of diseases, especially obesity.

The mechanisms of dietary fiber on health is speculated to be a result of changes in intestinal viscosity, nutrient absorption, rate of passage, production of short chain fatty acids and production of gut hormones

All of the above benefits are exactly the mechanisms that support a healthy metabolism and the potential for a person to be able to experience the lean lifestyle.

Individuals with high intakes of dietary fiber appear to be at significantly lower risk for developing coronary heart disease, stroke, hypertension, diabetes, obesity, and certain gastrointestinal diseases. Increasing fiber intake lowers blood pressure and serum cholesterol levels. Increased intake of soluble fiber improves glycemia and insulin sensitivity in non-diabetic and diabetic individuals. Fiber supplementation in obese individuals significantly enhances weight loss. Increased fiber intake benefits a number of gastrointestinal disorders including the following: gastroesophageal reflux disease, duodenal ulcer, diverticulitis, constipation, and hemorrhoids… The recommended dietary fiber intakes for children and adults are 14 g/1000 kcal.

Let’s recap: less risk of metabolic diseases that millions of people are currently dying from, and less chance of getting hurt by bacteria, toxins etc that inevitably enter the gut. Also, MORE likely to have a healthy weight.

2. Minerals

POTASSIUM (Blood Pressure Control)

MAGNESIUM (Vascular Tone & Insulin Sensitivity)

3. Vitamin Powerhouse

The avocados contain high levels of natural Vitamin C and Vitamin E  which are seldom found together in significant concentrations. This vitamin combination promotes circulatory antioxidant protection and slows the breakdown of healthy LDL cholesterol so that you can keep LDL balance in the body longer.

Vitamin K1 from avocados may promote bone health and support blood coagulation mechanisms.

B Vitamins to prevent chronic inflammation of the cardiovascular system. Okay even if you don’t follow along with this, just know that the b vitamin folate (or folic acid) is a methyl donor which promotes greater homocysteine in the body and that actually helps the whole system run more smoothly with less stress to the body.

THEREFORE, with high folate consumption, you can age more gracefully and you could have healthier babies if you’re at that stage in life. Also, you can be possibly be more athletic because the pumps are on point.

4. Phytonutrients / Plant antioxidants

Okay even though I could list a ton of carotenoids, phenolics, and phytosterols here, I’m just going to say that these plant antioxidants go into every part of the body starting with the gut.

Who loves antioxidants? You gut, your heart, your eyes, your genitals, and basically every organ of the body. When all major systems of the body are receiving antioxidants from diet, the body will have a better chance to ward off mutations and eliminate mutated cells before they can cause a way bigger problem.

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Of course antioxidants are great for metabolism! If takes a healthy, normal function of the body in order to achieve metabolic success. Take that into consideration.

Enjoy the Fresh foods.

If you’re reading from Seattle or anywhere that is not a food desert, why wouldn’t you eat mostly fresh foods?

Seriously, try increasing fresh food intake and then see how you feel starting with your gut feeling and think about the ability of your body to recover from hard workouts/life stressors when you eat fresh foods.

Of course there are lots of non-fresh foods that can be healthy too, I’ll post on that in the future.

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Brief insight into Dre’s Nutrition Philosophy

Let’s start with a brief overview and then we’ll dig deeper in the upcoming weeks and months.

When I was younger, I took a physical health class at a local college that changed my life. I learned about the basics of calories in vs calories out and then with the guidance of the instructor, I set physical goals for myself. I started out by walking a single mile in the neighborhood, over the next days, I would run the mile, then I would run/walk two miles and so on. At my peak, I could go out and run a half marathon anytime, no big deal — I slimmed down dramatically.

Over time, I’ve learned and come to appreciate so much more about food. I love food. Loving food is not an excuse to eat poorly! Take a quick look at my background over the last decade or so. We’ll be posting about more in depth topics soon (less about me, more about you).

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