What immediately comes to mind when someone mentions exercise? Guilt? Rationalizing? (I’m still pretty healthy even though I don’t exercise. A lot of my friends don’t exercise and they seem healthy.) Of course, not everyone should run miles at a time or lift massive weights. But there is compelling evidence to support the significant health benefits, both physical and mental, from a daily regimen of exercise appropriate for you.
Most folks understand the benefits of a daily aerobic workout such as brisk walking, bicycling or swimming. However, you may be missing a critical fitness component if you skip strength training.
It shouldn’t come as a big surprise that a plant-based diet has plenty of benefits. A recent study in the JAMA Internal Medicine concludes that eating more legumes, vegetables, fruits and less meat is associated with lower mortality risk.
The food pyramid has recently been rearranged to promote more whole grains, fruits, vegetables and legumes, and fewer simple carbohydrates (so-called bad). The major emphasis is to stay away from those simple carbohydrates with a high glycemic index (foods made from refined flour and sugar, and which the body readily converts to simple sugars). Simple carbohydrates have been shown to produce a sharp elevation in blood-glucose levels, which promotes disease. Why the sudden change away from these carbs?