Dr. Bell's Blog

Diet: So Complicated, Yet So Simple...

Our thoughts and views on healthy eating and living have changed drastically over the last decade. Ten years ago people did not think twice about the serious effects unhealthy eating had on their human body. Since then, we've seen dramatic changes in the world of health, and we are better educated on the impact certain foods have on our body. However, the statistics continue to show there is more obesity, chronic sickness and disease in our world than there has been at any point in modern history.  Why? We have become a society that has become consumers of mass quantities of processed foods.  These processed foods are in most cases laden with chemicals and loads of sugar.  I think a lot of times people are becoming more and more confused as to what is "good" for them, and eventually give up.  It doesn't have to be that complicated. 

The most sensible way of eating in my opinion is that of the Paleo Diet.  It is simple and gets back to basics.  We have made things way too complicated when it comes to diet, and it doesn't need to be.  This healthy, “Paleo”, or the Paleolithic diet, can be confusing to understand, but at it's core is quite basic. Generally, individuals who choose to follow a Paleo diet abstain from processed sugars and simple carbohydrates.  It is based primarily on eating only whole foods.  Meat, fish, vegetables, nuts, etc. are the main staples.  Fruits are acceptable in limited quantities, and be sure your food is coming from a clean, healthy source.  It is best to choose certified organic to be sure it is free of pesticides and hormones.

In closing, your first and biggest goal should be the virtual elimination of sugar from your diet, especially that of processed sugar.  By doing this you will begin the natural progression towards eating more whole and healthy foods.  This transition will not be easy, as sugar has been shown to be highly addictive.  In the end you will be thankful because not only will you feel better with a ton more energy, but you will also be on your way to helping to eliminate the chances of future sickness and chronic disease.