Change your lifestyle, change your health.
In the U.S., we are suffering from an epidemic of chronic diseases, all of which rely on costly medications.
Here are some sobering statistics.
- 160 million Americans are pre-diabetic or are living with type 2 diabetes
- One-third of adults are obese and another one-third are overweight
- Heart disease remains the number one killer of men and women
- Hundreds of billions of dollars are spent each year in direct medical costs treating these diseases.
But, despite these alarming statistics, there is good news.
More than 80% of all healthcare spending is tied to the treatment of preventable conditions rooted in poor lifestyle choices.
And that’s where a lifestyle coaching approach comes into play.
Lifestyle coaching is based on Lifestyle medicine – an evidence-based specialty that focuses on the factors that you can control in your lifestyle. Things like optimal nutrition, being active, not smoking, consuming alcohol in moderation, managing stress, and getting adequate sleep, as well as looking at your social supports.
No longer is the mantra “A pill for your ills,” but rather the approach is to treat the whole person – which is what I consider to be true healthcare
Did you know that your diet plays a role in preventing and even reversing some of the chronic debilitating diseases?
Unfortunately, there is a lot of confusion about ‘the best’ diet to follow. So where’s the best science on what optimal nutrition might look like?
The China Study is a prime example, showing the serious health consequences of high consumption of pro-inflammatory foods—meat, dairy, unhealthy fat, and junk—and low consumption of anti-inflammatory plant foods—whole grains, vegetables, fruits, beans, split peas, chickpeas, and lentils.
The unnatural Standard American Diet, aptly abbreviated as SAD, contributes to low-grade systemic inflammation, oxidative stress, tissue damage, and irritation, placing the immune system in an overactive state, a common denominator of conditions such as arthritis.
Instead of relying on costly medications, you can focus on making lifestyle changes.
Food as medicine. Now that’s an easy pill to swallow, wouldn’t you agree??