What is causing the obesity epidemic as well as the rapidly rising rate of cancer, heart disease and a myriad of mental illnesses?  As I have mentioned before, I believe the focus on “curing” these chronic illnesses is misplaced.  We should focus on understanding and preventing them rather than trying to come up with a magic pill that will reverse that damage after it is done.  We should focus on preventing the root cause, not suppressing the symptoms.

Joel Fuhrman, author of “Super Immunity” has created a concept called “Nutritarian.”  A Nutritarian is defined as an individual striving for nutritional quality in their diet and lifestyle.  After extensive research Joel found that the average American diet includes 65% processed foods and another 25% of low nutrient items.  Only 10% of the average American diet includes natural foods with adequate micronutrients and antioxidants.

Joel’s formula for health is: H = N/C

Health = Nutrients/Calories

The idea is that when you eat nutrient rich foods, your body requires fewer calories to become properly nourished.  When we eat low nutrient processed foods, not only are we consuming more calories but our body is poorly nourished.  If our body is not getting the nutrients that it needs, a “craving” is likely to follow.

When it comes to identifying “Nutritarian” foods, Joel has come up with the acronym GOMBBS:

  • Greens
  • Onions
  • Mushrooms
  • Beans
  • Berries
  • Seeds

These foods in their natural form are low calorie and super high in micronutrients and antioxidants.  In all of Joel’s research, patients that incorporate these foods as the primary components of their diet weighed less, felt better and had more energy.  In addition to these benefits, Joel’s research shows that they were much less likely (50-70% in some cases) to come down with cancer, heart disease and many of the other chronic illnesses that are on the rise.  Genetics certainly plays a role in disease, but in almost every case a Nutritarian diet improved health and reduced the likelihood of disease.  My big takeaway from Joel’s teaching is that a Nutritarian approach is focused on prevention of disease, not the suppression of symptoms.

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