(NaturalNews) By any measure, the world's health is failing. We spend far more on health care each year and very little on disease prevention. To make matters worse, we are leading our youth down a path of disease earlier and earlier in their lives. Kids are overweight or are at a risk of becoming overweight and are falling prey to a form of diabetes that used to be seen only in adults, and children now take more prescription drugs than ever before. What's the answer? It really is very simple: breakfast, lunch and dinner.
It is indisputable; breakfast is the most important meal of the day
Breakfast makes the biggest impact on your health; it is true medicine. Breaking the 'fast' after sleeping, we need energy to get going. Blood sugar can be low from fasting during the night. Wholegrains make the perfect breakfast by releasing energy slowly and keeping you on your toes all morning, because they are burned most efficiently as a fuel source. Miso soup is a great vehicle to nourish the spleen, which governs digestion, and is a wonderful alkalising food and perfect to start off your day. Beans are the most alkalizing form of protein, and as you know, miso is made from organic soy beans. Remember, only organic soybeans should be used; avoid GMO's. Green Juice is also a perfect start to the day, delivering incredible health benefits, or for the more adventurous of you, try some steamed greens.
What to do?
The simplest way to begin is by setting a direction for yourself and moving towards a goal that you feel is possible to reach. Write down the steps you need to take to get you there. Something like, "in three months' time, I will have a sugar, dairy and animal food free kitchen" (or whatever it is you desire). Check out your local supermarket and natural food store for healthy alternatives. Start reading labels. Many of the foods labelled 'healthy' have fructose, corn syrup and other forms of processed chemicals and additives, so anything with more than 3 or 4 ingredients in it is made by a chemist and not Mother Nature. Connect with people who are also eating a healthy diet.
It is not always possible to make an immediate change especially when families are involved who might have differing views. When shopping, start buying organic produce and sugar free jams, biscuits and juices. Slowly begin to replace the processed items with those of better quality such as sea salt, brown rice vinegar, sesame and olive and organic products.
You can't change your life, without changing your life
Try a new recipe each week that would appeal to your family such as noodles or fried rice once or twice a week with lots of tasty steamed or sauteed vegetables. Soups are always a popular choice. You can add miso to almost any bean or vegetable soup. You will be surprised how a small shift in direction will start to have great results. If your family are willing to try the new foods, they will also begin to change their diet naturally without it being forced upon them.
Change often seems more difficult than it actually is and the constant thinking about it is what gets us stuck. Once you create action by starting to put things into practice, life becomes much easier. Suggest to your family that they also become involved in this new way of eating and research the effect of food on their health.
Sources for this article:
Macrobiotics for all Seasons by Marlene Watson-Tara www.marlenewatsontara.com
The China Study by Dr. T. Colin Campbell www.tcolincampbell.org
The Quick & Natural Macrobiotic Cookbook www.kushiinstitute.orgAbout the author:
For over 30 years Marlene has been actively teaching all aspects of health and wellness.
As a teacher of the chiball method, Marlene teaches and incorporates Yoga, Tai Chi, Pilates, Chi Ball, and deep relaxation into her daily life and has worked with thousands of clients seeking to revitalize their lives through the philosophy of a wholefoods diet and exercise.
In addition to her work as a Health Educator, Macrobiotic Counsellor and Cooking Teacher, Marlene has designed various successful programmes ?The Natural Woman? and ?Weight Loss Nature?s Way?.
Marlene has been teaching her ?Living with the Seasons? workshops in various parts of Europe, America and Australia over the last decade. She has a list of clients ranging from the movies and arts to members of royal families. In the last 3 years she has been teaching chef?s the arts and skills of macrobiotic cooking. Her dietary advice draws from the fields of macrobiotic nutrition, her studies in Traditional Chinese Medicine and common sense. Marlene writes seasonal articles for Yoga & Health Magazine, Yoga Magazine and is a regular writer for many other health magazines and websites. As an international author, Marlene's latest book Macrobiotics for all Seasons contains over 200 recipes with detox and medicinal teas along with home remedies for each season.
Her favourite saying ?
?If you don?t look after your body, then where are you going to live?