Where do you start is a common question for anyone who is the least bit curious about how to become healthier. The field of health is riddled with persuasive messages that when put together lead to utter contradiction and downright confusion. What do they have in common? Well the bottom line is just that – the bottom line. The bottom line is wanting you to buy something and buy a lot of it. They want your attention as a potential consumer. They will say or do just about anything to convince you that what you “need” not just want is what they are selling. Are they evil? No – that is not the point. They are just doing business as usual. It is all about profit in their pocket.
Just as they have a right to earn money – you have a right to keep your money. Keeping as much of your hard-earned money as possible means that you have a responsibility to be an educated consumer. So then when you do part with your money – you are doing so carefully, in a way that offers the best return for you.
That sounds simple enough or does it? So who do you consider reliable? The easy way forward is just to conclude that you will trust no one. But how valid is that attitude? Surely there are some people in your life you trust – I bet a few are coming to mind right now. Yes – you do trust them. In fact, we generally offer our trust quite freely. For example, if we meet a new person at work – we usually automatically trust them. We trust what they say and do. It is only when someone says something but does something different – a contradiction between what they said and what they actually did – does trust exit the relationship. Unless amends are made – the mistrust remains un-repaired and the relationship is altered.
That is why understanding evidence-based nutritional science is so valuable. It is trust-worthy and therefore a helpful guide in making health decisions. Evidence-based nutritional science is considered the ‘gold standard’ for conducting ethical research. it means the findings are re-produced by other scientists and peer-reviewed. This means that they are free from the biases of lobby groups (Beef, Broccoli, etc.) who have a financial stake or other type of benefit of having results come out in favour of their industry or product(s). Who are some of the key players for promoting evidence-based nutritional science? Here are just some of them: Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine aka Physicians Committee (PCRM.ORG), Dr. Neal Barnard, President of Physicians Committee; NutritionalMD.Org; Dr. John McDougall (drmcdougall.com) and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn Jr. (dresselstyn.com); Dr. Michael Greger (nutrition facts.org); Dr. Thomas Campbell and T. Colin Campbell, PhD (nutrition studies.org); Rosane Oliveira,DVM,PHD (ucdintegrativemedicine.com); Dr. Alona Pulde and Dr. Matthew Ledermanare (transitiontohealth.com) and Dr. Scott Stoll (fullyalivetoday.com). These health professionals promote evidence-based nutritional science for optimizing the food we need to eat to create the wellness we all desire. This is not a here-to-day and then gone tomorrow “diet” but a truly healthy, sustainable way to enjoy quick, tasty meals that satisfy our taste buds, wallets and well-being. When you add movement (some know it as exercise) and mindful strategies for de-stressing – it is truly a recipe for optimal living!