USDA Dietary Guidelines 2010. How are we doing?
The only thing worse than the guidelines themselves is the dismal score that Americans have achieved when measured against them. Even if everyone followed them exactly as written, we’d still have millions of obese and unhealthy citizens. But, we as a nation are not even coming close to following even those extremely weak guidelines.
And why do you think that is? My view has to do with my ongoing theme of “confusion over clarity” that totally dominates everything we see or hear about what we should be eating or not eating. The information that we hear from the media is so routinely contradictory that no one takes any of the information seriously. The fact that the information changes every day just helps every citizen rationalize to herself that no one really knows what I should be eating, so I’ll just fill up on what I crave and hope that my vitamin supplements will take care of whatever I am missing.
Our steadily rising rates of obesity and diabetes are a constant reminder of the shortcomings of that routine practice. And they are steady reminders that our nation, and indeed the Western world, is in a serious crisis that is begging for clarity.
Obviously our government is not giving us that clarity and our performance against their guidelines is living proof. Check out this report that was recently reviewed by Dr. Michael Greger on his website at nutritonfacts.org. For example, 99% of Americans don’t even eat the minimum recommended whole grains. Dr. Greger tells the whole sad story in this 3-minute video.
What is needed is a simple, clear and consistent message: Eat more whole plants if you want to be achieve vibrant health & your ideal weight and avoid all forms of chronic disease. Relizing that message will not be coming along anytime soon from the various governments of the developed nations, that leaves the responsibility in our hands — those of us who have joined the “great food revolution of the twenty-first century.” Now all we need is a well-funded international leader to pick up the mantle and help propel us forward.
You might be wondering how we got into such a mess in the first place. We tell that story in our book; you can also read a condensed version of it here on our Big Picture Page.
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—J. Morris Hicks…blogging daily at HealthyEatingHealthyWorld.com
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We HAVE been consistantly what to eat by advertisers, and most have taken their advice it seems!
I’m 61, and have all my life had a craving for the whole grains especially, but I was raised eating white bread, which perhaps was why I was craving something with nourishment instead of empty calories! A good slice of 100% whole wheat bread is as appealing to me as a steak may be to a meat eater.
I feel really liberated by ditching the toxic animal produce that is the norm these days and relying on the true nourishment from plant-based whole foods. The sugar from a fresh piece of fruit is refreshing, without the cloying sweetness of refined sugar, and without cosuming the daily ration of fats from various sources that I was accustomed to I no longer get heartburn or digestive upsets. Don’t get Prevacid – change your diet! Fats that I do get are in nuts and seeds and other plant sources and they all come with nutritional value as part of the total package. The same with the sugars – nutrients included!
It does take a while to readjust to cooking differently, because we have been so used to the whole meal revolving around meat and dairy products. If you don’t like using recipes, like myself, and have to pick up the reading glasses every time you consult a recipe then this can make you a little crazy, but I survived. I don’t like to keep replicating meat either. I’d rather discover just how to make the most out of what the plant world has to offer, and there is much more variety in the plant world than the meat world once you get the meat out of the way. Plus it is guiltless eating on so many levels!