Did you know that most people who eat the "Standard American Diet" aka "SAD" are deficient in omega-3 fatty acids?
You might be asking "why ARE omega-3 fatty acids so important and can't I just take a fish oil supplement and eat whatever I want?"
There are like a MILLION benefits of having adequate omega-3s in your diet. Omega-3 fatty acids are essential for optimal health and decrease inflammation in the body. (Inflammation is the underlying cause of many chronic diseases like cancer, heart disease, stroke, dementia, and diabetes.) They also help to regulate blood sugar, balance your hormones, keep the cardiovascular system healthy, and lower cholesterol.
While omega-6 fatty acids are also essential for health, there is an over-abundance of them in the typical American diet, and because they compete with omega-3 fatty acids in the body, having too much omega-6 can wipe out omega-3. When these two fatty acids are not in balance, our health suffers. Not good.
We live in a world in which we have been tricked into thinking that we could do whatever we want...eat whatever we want, abuse our bodies however we want...and then take a pill, or have some kind of medical treatment to erase it all.
But it doesn't work that way. Our lifestyles and eating habits play a very important role in how our future will play out. The major diseases plaguing us today...obesity, diabetes, heart disease, some cancers, some autoimmune disorders, dementia, etc....are mostly due to unhealthy lifestyle habits.
You can't erase a lifetime of bad habits with a pill or a medical treatment.
Sugar is addicting...
The average American consumes approximately 20 teaspoons of added sugars daily. The American Heart Association recommends that sugar intake be limited to 9 teaspoons for men and 6 teaspoons for women (heart.org). What are some realistic strategies for reducing sugar intake?
December is a high-stress month. Lots of month-end reporting for your job. The holiday season with all its pressures to shop, spend money, and prepare. And it also happens to be that time of year when lots of sickness is going around. No time is a good time for getting sick, but December is definitely at the top of the list. Getting sick at this time of year totally sucks when there is so much on the rapidly growing to-do list.
It also makes it harder to keep up with workouts and healthy eating intentions when you are sick. Fortunately there are ways to keep your power fueled and prevent sickness or minimize the duration and severity of a cold when it does happen. Let's get right to the point...
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Megan Ántoni Placa, MS, CNS