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By Dr. Doug Williams
July 12, 2016
Tags: nutrition   diet   food   lifestyle  

The oldest person ever documented was a French woman who was 122 years old when she passed! Her name was Jeanne Calment. She was born in February 1875 and died in August 1997. She remembered the Eiffel Tower being built and she actually met Vincent Van Gogh! Almost as fascinating as how long she lived was her lifestyle:

  • At 85, she took up fencing.
  • She rode her bike until she was 100.
  • She continued to walk until she was 110.
  • She smoked two cigarettes a day until she was 117.
  • She used a lot of olive oil.
  • She drank Port wine.
  • She ate two pounds of chocolate per week.

So, if you are like me, after reading about Jeanne's lifestyle, you probably have several questions:

  1. What was it that made her quit smoking at 117? Did she suddenly decide: "Man, I have to quit these, they will be the death of me someday!"
  2. What am I wasting my time on eating healthy for? Bring on the Italian food, Port wine and chocolate!

To be fair, Jeanne also attributed her longevity to attitude as well:

"If you can't do anything about it, don't worry about it."
- Madam Calment

This, in fact, may have been her most important contribution to longevity, especially in today's society.

On the surface, Jeanne appears to have defied all reason and lived how she wanted, and still made it to 122. But consider the following:

  • She obviously stayed active and "exercise" was a part of her lifestyle.
  • She lived in a time and place where preservatives and additives in food either did not exist, or were not likely present for many, many, many years!
  • She utilized olive oil, which is a healthy fat.
  • She lived her entire life close to the ocean and in a rather temperate climate, meaning her food source likely consisted of seafood, and fresh fruits and vegetables.
  • The wine she drank has a high content of resveratrol, a strong antioxidant.
  • The chocolate she ate was not likely a Snickers Bar, but dark chocolate, which is also known for it's strong antioxidants and health benefits.
  • And she smoked... I have no idea what to say about that!

And finally, there is her attitude about stress. How do you find fault with that?

There is a lot more you could explore in the French culture, especially regarding how they eat. But I think I will leave it at this. Since Jeanne lived (a very long time) and died in the Mediterranean, we are going to take a closer look at the Mediterranean Diet next week, one of the more common approaches to healthy and tasty eating!

To Your Health,

Dr. Doug Williams
Care Chiropractic
Lafayette. Indiana

By Dr. Doug Williams
July 07, 2016
Tags: nutrition   diet   food  

If you read last week's blog, you know that we just began a summer series on Nutritional Transformation. This week, we are going to look at the Standard American Diet (S.A.D.). This will lay the ground work for looking at four templates on how to approach healthy eating.

Does food really "evolve"?

Much of today's scientific literature, including the field of nutrition, assumes that humans have been around for 50,000 years or longer. It is not the intention of this blog to debate evolution versus creation (there are much wiser minds than mine that have done that). I personally am a Christian who believes in a "Young Earth" and that God created it in seven days. To some, that may sound ridiculous; to others, it may make total sense. However, whether you believe people, plants and animals have only been around for a few thousand or tens of thousands of years, all of us can agree that the food we consume now looks vastly different than it did a few hundred years ago, let alone a few thousand years ago. It is this difference (the last few thousand years) that many authors attribute to our health issues today. From this vantage point, I can say that our food has evolved.. unfortunately, in the wrong direction!

What exactly does the Standard American Diet consist of, and why is it so bad?

In a nutshell, the Standard American Diet (SAD) consists of about 50% carbohydrates, 15% protein and 35% fat. However, this breakdown is only part of the picture. Other things to consider are:
  • Total Calorie Intake
  • Sources of each constituent (ie, is the carbohydrate from fruit or straight cane sugar)
  • Breakdown of types of each constituent (ie, "good fat" or "bad fat")
  • Additional non-food items (salt, carbonation, etc.)
Dr. Axe has a great article with nine charts detailing why Americans are fat, sick and tired and how it relates to our diet. You can read the whole article here.

He relates the following issues:
  1. Too many calories from added fat and sweeteners
  2. 45% increase in grain consumption
  3. Increase in medication use
  4. Decrease fruit and vegetable consumption
  5. Increase in sugar consumption
  6. Increase in hydrogenated oils and decrease in saturated fat
  7. Processed foods make up 63% of calories
  8. Prevalence of GMO food in our diet
  9. Increase in consumption of sodium (salt)

A few years ago, my father- and mother-in-law were at our house visiting for a few weeks. They had purchased a boxed set of the 1970's TV show Mash. One day, I was watching it with them and what really caught my eye was how narrow all of the characters waists were! I bet most of the men on the show had a 32 inch waist or less, and many of the women smaller than that! It wasn't just a select few either, it was almost all of them! Contrast that with television shows today, and you would likely be hard-pressed to find more than 50% of the shows' characters having that small a girth.

In literally a generation, our accepted normal has changed. Most of the actors from the 1970's TV shows grew up on a very different diet, pretty much the exact opposite of the points Dr. Axe lists above.

The old adage "You Are What You Eat" really is true! Next week, we will start to look at some healthy alternatives to what most of us have been eating for way too long.

Specifically:

  • The Mediterranean Diet
  • The New Nordic Diet
  • Traditional Okinawan Diet
  • French Paradox Food

To Your Health,

Doug Williams, D.C.
Care Chiropractic
Lafayette, Indiana

By Dr. Doug Williams
June 28, 2016
Tags: nutrition   diet   food  

This week's post is going to introduce you to our summer blog series on transforming your nutrition (and possibly your life)! A tall order for sure! 

Attention to nutrition has been a part of my (Dr. Doug) life since I was about 13. One day, my mom came home (it was just her and I in the house at the time), and said it was time to get healthy and start eating better. In one fell swoop, she replaced my Trix with granola, hamburgers with chicken, white bread with wheat bread.. and hey, what happened to the chips and ice cream? I wasn't worried about what we ate; I was just fine with all the food in the house! That was almost 40 years ago - what my mom started has trickled down and changed shape over time - but the underlying principle is and always has been the same: how you eat affects your health, if not now, then later in your life for sure. I can attest to this both personally and professionally.

How about you? Are you eating the same way you did when you were 13? Better? Worse? For so many of us, what we eat is a reflection of our own little cultures (family and friends). In today's busy world, we sometimes simply eat what is placed in front of us, or what we can make or pick-up easily from the grocery store or fast food restaurant without really thinking about it. There may have been a time in your life where you spent a lot of time considering your food choices, or those of your children, and did a pretty good job, but that has slipped away.

My own journey towards nutritional eating has taken a number of different paths over the years, but I would consider that most of them have reflected a combination of the following:

  1. Current scientific literature
  2. Our economic position in life
  3. Available emotional energy

As a practitioner, and through this blog, I can definitely help you with Number 1 (scientific literature) and give you some ideas on Number 2 (how to stretch your dollar regarding food choices) but Number 3 (emotional energy) is all up to you! I have spent a lot of time talking with people over the years about how food impacts their health, and you know what? EVERYONE AGREES! But not everyone makes a change. I would be lying if I told you I always make the right choices - I have had my share of watching the scale go up and down, and my energy and health ebb and flow with it. If you decide to work through this summer's blog series, I promise we will be doing it together and it won't stop when I start a different topic in the fall. Hopefully, we can lay down a foundation for you to move further on in your own journey to feeling, looking and being healthier.

Between now and next week's blog, take a few minutes to jot down answers to the following:

  1. Do you have some concerns about the food you eat?
  2. If you had to give your average food choices a grade (A, B, C, D, F), what would it be?
  3. If you currently have some concerns about disease, pain, obesity or overall phsycial condition (energy, fatigue, etc.), how likely are you to make changes (Very Likely, Likely, Fat Chance!)?

So, consider the question posed at the beginning: Do You Recognize Your Food? Is it a friend or foe? Ride along with us this summer as we explore how to eat for your optimal health!

To Your Good Health!

Doug Williams, D.C.
Care Chiropractic 
Lafayette, Indiana