THE S.A.D. Diet
The Standard American Diet is SAD and dietitians and doctors who continue to promote a portion controlled SAD diet as a healthy or a realistic way to prevent, treat or reverse diet-related disease and sickness…are RIDICULOUS. We are literally dying from SAD and from trying to portion control a diet that is void of the nutrients that we need to prevent, treat and reverse an epidemic of diet-related disease and sickness. It doesn’t make sense to eat foods void of nutrients and it makes even less sense to put people on a diet that further deprives them.
Can we wrap our heads around the truth that people are already starving and obesity is result of just how hungry we are for physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and relational nourishment? Most people are priming their bodies for disease and sickness because they have no idea how their bodies are designed to be nourished and their health strengthened with a daily practice of giving and receiving nutrients. Obviously with 88% of Americans suffering from some form of diet-related disease and sickness and 75% of Americans are overweight or obese, there is something very wrong with what we have been told to eat and how “experts” have continued to push a “health” formula void of truth, wisdom and common sense.
Our current situation:
“Only 12 percent of Americans are without high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes or pre-diabetes,” “The statistics are horrifying, but unlike Covid they happened gradually enough that people just shrugged their shoulders. However, beyond age, these are the biggest risk factors for illness and death from Covid-19. Despite our nation’s ability to produce so much healthful food, fewer than one American adult in five is metabolically healthy.” Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian, dean of the Freidman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University, had told me the week before. He cited a recent national report describing poor diet as “now the leading cause of poor health in the U.S.” and the cause of more than half a million deaths per year.” Jane E. Brody, The New York Times
“The S.A.D. reality is that 75 percent of Americans are overweight, and more than 42 percent are obese. Chronic disease affects 6 out of 10 Americans. Also 20 percent of normal-weight people have prediabetes. These shocking rates of poor metabolic health — with nearly 9 out of 10 American adults unhealthy — is a major reason the COVID-19 crisis is so much greater than it needs to be.” Dr. Mark Hyman is head of strategy and innovation at the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine and author of “Food Fix: How to Save Our Health, Our Economy, Our Communities and Our Planet — One Bite at a Time.” Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian is dean of the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University
Remember: Health is not as hard and complicated as we have been led to believe. It is time to reconnect with our bodies and rediscover how we are designed to eat to fullness and fill up on nutrients. It’s also time to return to the basics of health- basics that do not start with a diet or a workout but with the truth of who you are how you are designed to be full of love. Only when we know who we are and how we are naturally designed to be healthy, whole, holy and human beings, then we will be free to experience and enjoy the gift of food.