I prefer to focus on the positive aspects of dietary and lifestyle choices, but recently I came upon Amy Morin’s LCSW work, “13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do” and thought it would be fun to write its equivalent for health. So here goes:
1. Don’t predominantly purchase processed foods.
Shoot for less than 15% of your diet from manufactured foods. What does that look like? If you can purchase the majority of your food at a farmer’s market or the perimeter of a grocery store, then you’re on the right track.
2. Don’t make vegetables a side dish.
Healthy people pack in vegetables throughout the entire day and make it the star of most entrees. Vegetables are a powerful antidote to inflammation and free radical production. Get a grip on those two and you’ll live longer.
3. Don’t rely on a computer or cell phone for deeper connections.
The reality is that social media doesn’t induce oxytocin or serotonin release, which are the feel-good hormones you want circulating throughout the day. What is released? No different than porn, cocaine and heroin, dopamine pumps out with every view, like, share, and text message. If you truly want to nurture your soul, meet more friends in- person and less on-line.
Shannon is a registered dietitian and functional nutritionist with a penchant for provocative topics, almond butter, and local theater.