This weekend I was reminded – yet again – of the amazing, healing potential that our food and diets hold. I attended a health conference hosted by the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, the nutrition school I attended, where I had the priviledge of hearing lectures by some of the top doctors and nutrition experts in the world: Dr Mark Hyman, Dr Joel Fuhrman, Dr David Katz, Deepak Chopra, Sally Fallon, and many more incredible guest speakers.
Each of the lectures shared a common bond: the potential that our food has in turning on and off our genes, preventing or igniting chronic disease and cancer, and the power it has to create vibrant health and boundless energy.
Here are some of my favorite statistics from the conference that I was really excited to share with you:
- Eating about 1 cup of mushrooms per day can reduce your risk of breast cancer by 64%!!
- 1 onion a day reduces the risks of the following cancers:
– 56% reduction in colon cancer
– 73% reduction in ovarian cancer
– 71% reduction in prostate cancer
– 50% reduction in stomach cancer
- Eating green veggies (kale, bok choy, broccoli, collard greens, etc) on a daily basis can cut your risk of cancer in half.
We all know that eating vegetables is good for us, but many of us still find it difficult to get in the recommended 5-10 servings per day.
It’s estimated that only 1.5% of the American population actually eats the recommended daily amount of fruits and vegetables. What’s more, the average American consumes 62% of their calories from processed foods!
Clearly, we have a major nutrient shortage going on in our diets. So it’s no wonder that by 2020, it’s estimated half of our population will be suffering from a chronic disease.
But there is good news in all of those scary numbers. Ultimately, we are in control, and we have a choice: as Dr David Katz said this weekend, “The fork is the master of your destiny.”
Choose to eat more vegetables and fruits whenever and however you can. Reach for more, whole, real, “honest” foods and reduce processed, packaged foods. Make your grocery store your pharmacy. To quote Dr Mark Hyman, “What’s at the tip of your fork is more powerful than what’s at the bottom of your pill bottle.”