Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Canada's Food Guide Needs to be Rewritten

The next time you visit your doctor or nutritionist,
and they pull out a copy of Eating Well with Canada's Food Guide
you might want to pause for a minute.”

The foregoing statement is from Maurice Crossfield...a writer, translator, mechanic and 'jack-of-all-trades; also the Editor-in-chief of Harrowsmith's Spring and Fall editions. Residing in Quebec's Eastern Townships, he further states, “Canada's Food Guide needs to be rewritten.”

According to Maurice Crossfield, last spring, the Senate Standing Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology released a new report: Obesity in Canada: A Whole-of-Society-Approach for a Healthier Canada. The report stated that help is needed to reduce the country's alarming obesity and chronic-disease problems. “Fruit juice, for instance, is presented as a healthy item when it is little more than a soft drink without the bubbles. Canada's Food Guide has been at best, ineffective, and at worst enabling the rising levels of unhealthy weights and diet-related chronic diseases in Canada. But the Senate committee examining obesity found that the guide hasn't kept up with the times...and that our knowledge of food has changed. There has been an increase, also in the rate of several chronic conditions: Type 2 Diabetes, heart disease, stroke and some cancers...and therefore increased demands on the health care system. According to the report, fat made up about 40% of our daily calories in the 1970's. By 2004, that had decreased to 31%, yet obesity nearly doubled for adults and tripled for children over the same period.”

Each year, 48,000 to 66,000 Canadians die from conditions linked to excess weight. The proliferation of both fast food and processed foods, coupled with the overwhelming use of electronic devices, have led to an environment where it is all too easy to eat poorly and remain inactive, Low-income-Canadians often rely on unhealthy foods because these items are cheaper.
Highly processed foods, like instant noodles, soft drinks and salty snacks,
now make up 62% of the Canadian diet.
Did you know there are 56 different names for sugar alone...
and manufacturers are not required to identify these when used?
(Many sugars are added to 'processed' foods.)

In the last 40 years, everyday tasks like housework or mowing the lawn, have been hired out or taken over by machines. Meanwhile, kids might be on the local soccer team, but they spend much more time in front of screens...and a lot less time participating in unstructured activities due to safety concerns.
Meanwhile, the Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation put it simply:
Don't Just Cut the Fat ~ Cut the Crap!

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William Li, MD:
Fruits, vegetables, herbs, beverages made from teas and coffees
and even seed-generated substances, like cacao, contain natural substances ~
bioactives ~ that are sometimes as powerful as the drugs we develop
in terms of preventing and intercepting diseases.

Quotes About Beneficial Fruits and Vegetables

Every time you eat or drink, you are either feeding disease or fighting it!”
7 Days Without Fruits and Vegetables...Makes One WEAK!”
If you're not hungry enough to eat an're not really hungry:
You're Bored!”
Bigger Snacks ~ Bigger Slacks!”
If it's from a plant: EAT IT. If it's made in a plant: DON'T!”

When diet is wrong, medicare is of no use.
When diet is correct, medicare is of no need!”
(Ancient Ayurvedic Proverb)

Maria Acosta stated, “The obstacles with kids I work with are huge.
They're growing up on pre-packaged and frozen foods. In our culture, the spotlight shines so intensely on products that are high in Sugar, Salt and Fat. This spotlight should move to

Today, more than 95% of all chronic disease is caused by food choice: toxic food ingredients, nutritional deficiencies and lack of physical exercise.
Take Care of Your Body ~ and It Will Take Care of You!”
(Author unknown)

Red Fruits and Vegetables:
Strawberries are anti inflammatory. Watermelon is 92% water. Cranberries are beneficial to the eyes. Raspberries are rich in minerals like potassium, manganese, copper, iron and magnesium. Cherries are brain food. Red Apples are anti-toxidants. Rhubarb is high in calcium. Red Grapes are anti-aging. Pommegranits are 'heart-health'. Tomatoes build strong bones. Beets guard against cancer. Red Cabbage is rich in Vitamin C. Radishes are rich in folic acid. Other Fruits: Peaches are rich in potassium, fluoride and iron. Pineapples help fight arthritis. Kiwis increase bone mass. Oranges help master great skin and vision. Blueberries protect your heart. Mangoes protect against several kinds of cancer.

Eggplant's peel can fight against cancer and aging. Cucumbers can help reduce constipation. Lettuce can help increase bone mass. Onions can reduce high blood pressure. Carrots can help the body maintain connective tissue, teeth & gums. Broccoli protects you from cancer. Yams help maintain your night vision. Artichokes are a great source of fiber.

Top Ten Calcium Foods: Raw milk, Yogurt, Kale, Cheese,
Sardines, Broccoli, Okra, Almonds, Bok Choy and Watercress.

God's Pharmacy is Amazing!
A slice of carrot looks like a human eye and it greatly enhances blood flow of the eyes.
A tomato has 4 chambers and is red just like the heart.
A walnut looks like brain and helps develop transmitters enhancing brain functions.
Grapes hang like a cluster that has the shape of a heart.
Beans, kidney shaped, heal and maintain kidney function.
Sweet potatoes look like the pancreas.
Celery specifically targets bone strength and looks just like bone.
Citrus fruits look just like mammary glands of the female.

Compiled by Merle Baird-Kerr...May 29, 2017

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