277,000,000 people did a Google search for these words, health problems. That’s a pretty general phrase and yet, a lot of searches right? Think how many got real specific and searched for heart disease, cancer, obesity…….? (and yes, I did look and guess what? 34,800,000 searched for heart disease alone.)
I never thought about health problems. I worried about my jeans getting a little tight, where we were going to eat out, if the bills are paid……normal stuff you know.
Now I think of health problems. Mostly because my friends are starting to be directly affected. Or the music icons I listened to when I was a teenager, are starting to die from them. Diseases and death have become part of the new normal because we’re aging.
I’ll be up front with you right now. I’m going to try and help you see how good a plant based diet would be for you. I think the health problems we all worry about can mostly be avoided. And if they’re already an issue, I think an all plant diet can help you recover. With only a minor adjustment in your diet!
Okay, that’s stretching it a little. For most people it could be a ‘biggish’ adjustment, but hey! When there’s a ‘big’ price to pay for something, the payout is usually pretty good too. In this case, the payout is an end to a lot of your health problems. How does that sound to you?
But you’re probably thinking about the millions of years of humans eating meat. Doesn’t that prove we’re made for it? Well, I’m not so sure it does. While we did catch the occasional, critter, apparently we weren’t that good at it. Some observations suggest that only 30% overall of our nutrition came from meat but the majority was plants. And some studies even suggest that some Neanderthal people were more likely vegetarian given that one group found showed no signs of meat consumption.
A Harvard primatologist, Richard Wrangham believes the biggest step in our evolution was actually learning to cook. In one mouse study, he found that mice fed only cooked foods gained 15-40% more weight than those raised only on raw. In other words, he’s saying, “it ain’t the meat baby!”. (emphasis mine).
When scientists study a species, one of the things they look at is the ‘physiology’ of it. That’s when they consider the parts and normal functions of living organisms in order to understand how they live. Our teeth, our digestive arrangements suggests that our primary source of food started out as plants and maybe the odd bug. What I’m proposing is that getting back to basics is the best defence to a lot of the dreaded health problems and there’s research and anecdotal evidence galore, that that’s the case.
A post that I wrote recently called, ‘A Plant Based Diet? 12 Reasons Why You Should Switch Now!, lists numerous benefits of a diet that leaves out the animal products. It also has a great video that goes into detail about our teeth and our internal digestive arrangements. This further verifys our early beginnings as plant eaters. Would you like to achieve that good diagnoses of ‘being in great health’? Then maybe it’s time to start considering a radical change with an amazing payout!
As always, I remind you that while I’ve spent the last 20 years focusing on and learning to ‘grow’ my own health, I’m not a medical doctor. What I’m sharing here is based on my own experiences and the things that I’ve learned from the real experts who write the medical reports and see the actual patients in their practises. My goal is to motivate and help others to find the best way to live a healthier and more peaceful life. Ageless at Sixty cannot be held liable for any resulting injury or adverse change in health status.
So if you have any comments or any questions, talk to me. I’d love to hear about your goals and your experiences.