An old proverb states: "When diet is wrong, medicine is of no use. When diet is correct, medicine is of no need." That really is profound.
Hippocrates stated, "Let food be your medicine and medicine be your food."
It is clear that as a culture we have gotten distracted from the notion of food being healing. We no longer seem to connect the dots between the food we eat and the cells of the body.
Here's a startling statistic. In 1950, 22% of a family's annual income was spent on food, while 5% was spent on health care. That's when most people had a family garden too! Today, 9% is spent on food, while 18% is spent on health care. How can our spending on food be so little when the cost of groceries keeps rising, unless we are buying cheaper, government subsidized, processed foods instead of real foods?
Dr. Hyman helped 15,000 members of Saddleback Church lose a collective 250,000 pounds utilizing this principal in what he calls the "Daniel plan". Dr. Hyman points out that losing weight is not just about having more willpower. It is a chemical battle and requires detoxing our cells in order to be successful.
An example of this battle involves sugar. Sugar is 8 times more addictive than cocaine. Animals that were shocked every time they ate sugar continued to eat the sugar despite the shock. Sound familiar. How many times do I eat something sweet, even though I know it will give me a headache, cause indigestion or raise blood sugar to unhealthy levels?
The food industry acutally has "cravability experts" who research and create chemicals that alter brain chemistry, hormones, genes, metabolism and create a true battle within. Dr. Hyman calls the issue a psychobiological one.
Dr. Hyman has a key role in a new movie that is coming out soon called "Fed Up". Check out the trailer and take the pledge to be sugar free for 10 days.
Are you fed up yet with the craziness of the food industry and government policy when it comes to food and health? If you are, watch for the movie, plan to bring a friend and keep moving forward on your journey to better health.