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CHOOSING GOOD FOODS


The Choices You Make Directly Impact Your Health by Dr. Wallace V. Nelson, ND


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oday, Americans are facing an unprecedented assault on their wellbeing and way of life. The perpetrators of this assault are the health-


destroying trio of big money processed foods, harmful chemicals that ooze through the products we buy and use, and our own lack of willpower to steer ourselves clear of the traps laid with sweets, soda and tempting junk foods. The silver lining of this bleak forecast is that we each have the power to overcome the assault by making just


a few simple adjustments to our daily habits. While our unique genetic blueprints play a role in our susceptibility to obesity, diabetes and other disorders, we have more control than we realize. If we can apply the simple steps outlined below, risk factors for obesity, diabetes, heart disease, etc. can be dramatically reduced.


Cast Aside Processed Foods Processed junk foods have a strangle hold on the standard American diet. They provide very


little nutrition compared to whole natural foods. Their concentration of vitamins, minerals and other essential nutrients is pathetically low. Instead, we find additives, preservatives, artificial colors and flavors, and many other ingredients that would never be found


in your kitchen at home. These foods expand your waistline without building your health. They have contributed


to a modern nutritional paradox of a nation of people who are overfed but undernourished. The fix is simple: Replace


these processed foods in your diet with healthy, natural foods like fruits, vegetables, lean proteins and healthy whole grains. While it may be tough to


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