5 Tips for Combating Post Election Stress Syndrome
 and Ushering in a Happier 2017

Many of us are suffering from the election results.

We are grieving about an assault on human kindness, honesty, and integrity. Astonishment is giving way to fear with each proposed presidential appointment — a denier of climate change to head the EPA and reverse a decade of environmental protections, a woman who does not believe in standard public schooling to head the Department of Education, and a proposed  Energy chief who wants to dismantle the Department of Energy.

Being uncertain of your future is stressful.

As a long-time liberal activist and wellness advisor who specializes in Stress Management, I set out to help myself, my peer group, and my clients look at how we might handle these trying times.

Unfortunately, this is not the kind of stress you can just breathe or bubble bath away. This is a deep “threat response” to a candidate who was deceitful. Cortisol levels are dangerously high as half of American citizens wrestle with their fight or flight response.

I have come up with the following 5 tips for managing our Post Election Stress and getting in gear for 2017:

1. Know thy enemy

A divided America is seeing the world from opposite viewpoints. Self-righteous indignation will get us nowhere. We must seek to understand what made so many people vote for Trump if we ever want to succeed at winning them over.

Here’s my take on the Trump voter:

They were tired of an immovable government, irresponsible leadership, incestuous interest groups, and the high costs of supporting this quagmire. Are we that dissimilar?

The Trump supporter thought that only a feisty outsider could penetrate these entrenched interests. Accusations of inexperience, hypocritical wealth, and misogyny fell on deaf ears in the light of what they perceived to be bigger problems.

Ironically, this movement for change was also Obama’s clarion call. But there was not enough change in Obama’s administration to satisfy half of America. Even if this was because of the Republican Congressional blockade,   Trump supporters felt Obama did not improve their circumstances.

Trump, a skilled marketer, said what many Americans wanted to hear. When Trump said he would make America great again, the voter heard that to mean he would make them great again. They did not need to hear about the plan for getting there. Details are boring!
Like a Rorschach inkblot, Trump’s abstract promises were interpreted by the voter to suit their own circumstances.

2. Look at history to gain a new perspective

History repeats itself. I always feel better when I read about similar horrors of the past and how we have rebounded from them.

Consider these past political leaders:

Mitchell Palmer, Attorney General, 1919-21
– defied constitutional rights by chasing down left-wing dissidents and foreigners, detaining some, deporting others. His radical defiance of justice helped spawn the civil liberties movement, including the formation of the ACLU.

James Watt, Secretary of the Interior, 1981-83
– supported commercial development over environmental protection. He opened the outer continental shelf to offshore oil drilling, quintupled the amount of public land leased to coal-mining companies, and allowed clear-cutting of thousands of acres of old growth forests.

Nancy Reagan, First Lady, 1981-1989
– tore down the solar collectors on the roof of the White House (installed by Carter,) because they were unattractive.

Donald Rumsfeld, Secretary of Defense, 1975-77, 2001-2006
– alienated countless military and intelligence colleagues by failing to heed their advice (sound familiar?) and bungled wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

These are just a handful of many past political leaders. The lesson to be learned here is that we survive. We bounce back. Democracy is self-corrective. We can not give up nor give in. We can not cling to our hurts and fears. We must find ways to recreate our shared vision so as to leave a functioning planet for our children’s children.

“One election does not change who we are as a people…
The America I know is clear-sighted and big hearted – full of courage and ingenuity. More than the Presidency, it is the optimism and hard work of people that have changed our country for the better and that will continue to give us the strength we need to persevere.”                                – Barack Obama, 2016

3. Express yourself

As with every problem, we need to express our outrage and fears. We need to “get it out.” I have been comforted by talking to friends who share my values. Together, we are brainstorming solutions and considering ways we can personally promote our reality.

Ask yourself: How can I expand my awareness today? With whom can I share my truth? How can I help? These are the intimate questions we must answer to experience huge and hopeful results.

4. Volunteer

As Trump works to strip away the soul of America, we need to work harder to stay engaged and to live in harmony with ourselves, with other people, and with the land around us.

Now more than ever, we need to help build community. Get busy planning or doing what you can to make your neighborhood, your schools, your local government, or your world a better place. Volunteering for the greater good also puts you in a constructive state of mind. It is neurologically uplifting.

5. Self Care

Be well. If we do not take care of ourselves, we can not take care of others. If we are not balanced ourselves, we will create imbalance for others.

“When you Eat clean, Sleep Well, Seek Peace, and hit your Stride, you will feel better about yourself and you will be more able to help others feel better about themselves. You will be more balanced, and you will have more energy to give to others. You will exude joy, and you will help make the world a better place in which to live.”

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Postscript: Advice from Others

One of my favorite suggestions for recovery comes from Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager, Robby Mook:

  1. Get involved in your community.
  2. Support women and girls.
  3. Promote love and kindness where you live.
  4. Run for office

Marianne Williamson, bestselling author and spiritual teacher offers this paradoxical advice:

“Pray first of all for Trump himself, that he be healed of his mental dysfunctions.

I have no doubt that the lies Trump told on the campaign trail will come crashing back at him in karmic retribution. The problem we have now is that we don’t want them crashing back on us.

We have to hold the painful juxtaposition of … conflicting truths: that a deeply problematical and unprepared politician has won the presidency, yet we must pray for him and his administration in order to protect our government, our country, and ourselves from ruin.”

 


twilner_photoAn Ivy League graduate and early Wellness pioneer, Theodora Wilner, MA, RYT, HC, was the Director of the California Governor’s Council on Wellness & Physical Fitness. She has been a Wellness Advisor for almost 30 years. Her new book,  Eat, Sleep, Seek, Stride: An Autobiographical Wellness Guide is available at Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com. Free health assessment with book purchase.

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Attention Baby Boomers: A Healthy, Energized Life in One New Wellness Book

Eat, Sleep, Seek, Stride: An Autobiographical Wellness Guide offers tips & techniques for diet and nutrition, reducing cravings, having more energy, getting more sleep, reducing stress, and finding peace.

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Imagine waking up every morning after a solid night’s sleep with more energy than ever before. No need for medications. No wasted minutes looking for those car keys. You awaken in a state of alert calm; you feel strong and powerful and you face the day well-rested with clarity and joy.

 

TheodoraThere’s no secret to reclaiming your health, reducing your food cravings, and restoring your energy. My new book, Eat, Sleep, Seek, Stride: An Autobiographical Wellness Guide, is filled with helpful tips and techniques for gaining health, losing weight, reducing stress, and finding peace.

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The book is especially relevant for Baby Boomers who are facing the aches of aging and the specter of mortality. By making just a few lifestyle changes, baby boomers can regain their spunk and live with vitality right up until their peaceful passing.

In this book, I reveal my own struggles with food addiction & other life challenges. I use humor, gentle encouragement, stirring statistics, and personal story to show that changing behavior can be done.  You will be relieved to learn that diets don’t work and the best exercise is the one you’ll do.

You will also learn:Senior Fitness2

12  Tips for getting a good night’s

9   Causes of Fatigue

8   Best Movements for physical fitness

7   Steps for managing cravings

5   Steps for practicing meditation

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1  Sentence Dietary Guideline

Eat, Sleep, Seek, Stride challenges some of the conventional views about health. Optimal health goes beyond self care. True Wellness is about living in balance with yourself, with other people, and with the land around you.

Globe in HandWhen you eat clean, sleep well, seek truth, and hit your stride, you will feel better about yourself and you will be able to help others feel better about themselves. You will exude joy and you will help make the world a better place.

Vector of people all around the world holding hands.

What a great way for Baby Boomers to live and leave a legacy.

Eat, Sleep, Seek, Stride: An Autobiographical Wellness Guide is available at Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com.

 

 


twilner_photoAbout the author:
An Ivy League graduate and early Wellness pioneer, Theodora Wilner, MA, RYT, HC, was the Director of the California Governor’s Council on Wellness & Physical Fitness. She has been a Wellness Advisor for almost 30 years. Wilner offers presentations and workshops on Stress Management, Overcoming Fatigue, Crowding Out Cravings, and Integrative Nutrition, to name a few. A certified health coach, Wilner helps clients thrive.

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Food Fight; Taste Buds Under Siege

“Ever since the federal government required that schools serve healthier food – less sodium, more whole grains, more fresh produce,” reported the Sacramento Bee on May 16, 2016, “districts across the country have observed a drop in the number of students getting their lunch at the cafeteria.”

This tragic response to government’s good intentions is a microcosm of a bigger problem.

Our knowledge of good nutrition and intention to eat well is often over-ridden by our cravings. Our cravings are often controlled by our taste buds that cast the final vote on what we eat and don’t eat.

Food scientists have created extremely flavorful, nutrient-deficient, highly addictive foods that have hijacked our taste buds into preferring artificial, packaged, processed foods over real foods

.french fries“The food we should be eating is getting more bland and the food we should not be eating is getting more flavorful!” says Mark Schatzker, author of The Dorito Effect; the Surprising New Truth about Food and Flavor.

Dieters are also plagued by this injustice.

Schatzker’s theory is supported by the Sacramento Bee report that student lunch purchases have declined since they became healthier.

“Many of our students are not used to or don’t like the taste of whole grain items,” says Monique Stovall, San Juan unified director of Nutrition Services.

The school district is experimenting with adding herbs to enhance the taste of menu options, but they are also calling for a lessening of the requirements to allow more processed foods. This is sad.

What is the solution to this conflict?

It’s an uphill battle, but parents who start their kids on whole, healthy foods and avoid processed foods will be helping their children develop  lifelong healthy eating patterns. The school garden programs, where elementary school children plant and raise their own crops, also contributes to healthy food consumption.

The habit of healthy eating must be started early to pre-empt this current dilemma.

What will you do to challenge this schism? Whose side are you on?


 

Theodora Wilner, MA, RYT, HC Theodora
Author & Wellness Advisor

An Ivy League graduate and early Wellness Pioneer, Theodora works with active older adults seeking to reclaim health, reduce cravings, and restore energy. Her 3- or 6- month  health coaching program begins with a 7-Day Kickstart Cleanse.

Eat, Sleep, Seek, Stride; An Autobiographical Wellness Guide is available at Amazon.com

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Being Playful; Angelique Kidjo & Lila

“No matter how old you are, you will be young at heart
if you know that play renews the spirit.”
Deepak Chopra

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Rest, Pleasure, and Play are vital, yet often neglected aspects of a Wellness Lifestyle.

Recently, I delighted in a performance by Angelique Kidjo at the Harris Center in Folsom, California. Known as “Africa’s premier Diva,” Angelique now leads my list of top performers.

AngeliqueAngelique’s articulate, between-song, social commentary is about an enigmatic continent. Her horror stories of the subjugation of women in Africa are juxtaposed between soulful stories of a beautiful people.

Hailing from Benin, Africa, Angelique uses her astounding voice, and pulsating body language to arouse the audience. We were invited to sing, jump, dance, and shout. At the end, she sang and danced her way through the audience, then invited us up on stage to dance.

Dancing colorIt was an exhilarating experience. I left  feeling sparkly and effervescent. And then I slept long and well.

The morning after the performance,  I was gifted with a like-minded taped meditation by Deepak Chopra on “Feeling Playful.” (*)Einstein LAughing

“What is the meaning of Life?” Deepak begins. “We expect a deep answer to this question. But what if we live in a Recreational Universe?”

He goes on to tell us about Lila, a Sanskrit word that means “the play of creation.” Creation is said to arise from a sense of playfulness and enjoyment, not to carry out some deep, serious purpose invented by the mind.

Beautiful and athletic girl with colorful balloons jumping on the beach“This may come as a shock,” Deepak acknowledges, because we often feel “trapped by things we must do, opinions we must hold, and a path we must follow.”

Too often, life is heavy. We are filled with worries and fears. Being too serious can smother our joyfulness and keep our spirits down.

Thank you, Angelique Kidjo for getting me out of my head and onto the dance floor. And thank you, Deepak Chopra, for legitimizing this action as a fundamental aspect of a life well-lived.


Angelique 3“Village traditions, cosmopolitan tranformations, female solidarity, African pride, and perpetual energy…constants in Ms. Kidjo’s career.” New York Times
“… Ms. Kidjo balances elation and heartache, singing in Beninese languages and English, she controls her fury while unleashing joy” The Wall Street Journal
For more info, www.kidjo.com

OpDee Gratitude(*)This meditation comes from the Oprah Winfrey/ Deepak Chopra’s Mediation collaboration: “The Energy of Attraction.” Oprah and Deepak have teamed up to bring us FREE 21- Day Meditation Experiences. The next one, “Manifesting Grace through Gratitude” begins on July 13, 2015. To register for this FREE meditation or purchase previous meditations online: https://chopracentermeditation.com/experiencetwilner_photo

Theodora Wilner, MA, HC, RYT is a Wellness Advisor, Health Coach and YOGA Instructor in Sacramento, California. www.wilnerweb.com theodora@wilnerweb.com

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Summertime Wellness

ddoginwadingpoolThis is the time of year when the sun exerts its maximum power upon our part of the planet. This is the time of year when we move away from the inner contemplation of winter and into the outer energies of doing.

Seasonal change affects your mood, your physicality, your diet, and your sleep. It is wise to be conscious of this and to adjust. You don’t need to think twice about wearing shorts instead of sweaters. But you may give less attention to your diet and exercise programs.

If you find yourself awakening earlier, let this be. Compensate by going to bed earlier. Enjoy the morning sounds of nature and the cool dawn air.SlipSlop

Wear Sunscreen! Skin cancer is on the rise. Follow the American Cancer Society’s recommendation to Slip! Slop! Slap! and Wrap! Slip on a shirt, Slop on sunscreen, Slap on a hat, and Wrap on sunglasses.

water noodleMove out of the gym and into the pool. I replace my circuit training classes with aqua aerobic classes. For recreation, I head to the beaches instead of the mountains, and I do more kayaking than hiking. Those of you who practice hot yoga in winter may want to consider another format over the summer. Here’s a great photo a friend sent me of her daughter teaching a surfboard yoga class.Surf Board YogaDrink Water. The new recommendation is to drink  half your body weight in ounces a day. Image result for drinking waterCarry a water bottle with you at all times. When you feel thirsty, you are already dehydrated. Drink more than you need to satisfy your thirst. Lack of water is one of the main causes of headaches, fuzzy thinking, fatigue, weight gain, kidney problems, constipation, and cravings.

Let salads replace soups.
Pesticide-free, locally grown, stone fruits from Farmers’ markets make it easy to stay off refined sugars. Design menus around the Barbeque Grill.
Experiment with non-meat grilling. Try this:

Grilled Stone Fruit

Clean grill thoroughly to avoid residue from meats. Coat grill with cooking spray. Use firm peaches, nectarines, pluots, or black plums , halved and pitted. Grill 3 minutes on each side. Remove from heat and drizzle with Balsamic vinegar Glaze or crumbled goat cheese.


twilner_photoTheodora Wilner, MA, HC, RYT is a Wellness Advisor, Health Coach, and Yoga Instructor in Sacramento. For a quick summer lift, try her $77-7-Day Kickstart Cleanse! For more info: wilnerweb.com / theodora@wilnerweb.com

 

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Fat News

Stamp Out Trans FatsAfter an eleven year battle, the FDA has ordered the food industry to eliminate health-damaging trans fat from the food supply. It is estimated that this move will prevent 20,000 heart attacks and 7000 deaths from heart disease each year.

I think the number is much higher, but who knows. What’s most important is that this liver-damaging, artery-clogging, weight-enhancing artificial substance has finally been banned. What began with Crisco in the 50’s and continues to be used in coffee creamers, cake frostings, crackers, fried foods, and microwave popcorn, will soon be a thing of the past.

Not soon enough, in my opinion. The FDA has given the food industry 3 years to comply with this new ordinance. I get that policy changes require this sort of absurd leeway to get things done, but there is evidence that food products can be reconstituted on a much shorter timeline. Hopefully, the food industry will expedite the process.

In the meantime, let this national advisory be a warning that we need to stop buying and eating  trans fats immediately! This is easily done by reading the ingredient lists of packaged products and shunning those that include the word “hydrogenated.”   This is less easily done when we go out to eat.
Restaurants can continue to order and receive french friestheir gallon jugs of hydrogenated oils in which much of their food is prepared, and serve them to us without disclosure.

Diners beware! The next three years may be a good time to prioritize home cooking, which is always a better practice, anyway. You have control over the foods you buy, the ingredients in the dishes you prepare, and the quantities of food you eat.

Artificial trans fats, which come from partially hydrogenated oils, have been used for their long shelf life  in packaged, processed foods.

In an interview on this story, Gwen Ifill of PBS news, asked Walter Willett MD, chair of the Department  of Nutrition at Harvard: “”What will manufacturers use to replace Trans Fats?” Dr. Willett said  something like “many vegetable oils could be substituted.” What I wish he had said is that this is an opportunity to question the prominence of processed, packaged foods in our diet. Maybe it’s time to start eating whole, fresh foods.

When you eat fresh, you eat well.

There are no ingredient lists to ponder on locally-grown peaches, organic broccoli, and humanely-raised chickens.

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Theodora Wilner, MA, HC, RYT is a Wellness Advisor and  Certified Health Coach. She is currently writing “A Wellness Manifesto; Eat Fat, Seek the Dark, Stride ,and Schmooze.” For more info: wilnerweb.com / theodora@wilnerweb.com

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Mario Batali gets it right

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When my niece secured a great job with New York chef extraordinaire, Mario Batali , I had no idea who he was. In the ensuing years, I have become aware of his fame and fortune. But it wasn’t until I heard an interview with him last week on NPR’s  “America’s Test Kitchen”  that I became a true fan.

For me, the climax of the interview was when host Christopher Kimball asked Mario to offer a few basic concepts for the busy parent looking to prepare simple,  healthy, easy dinners for their family. Even if you heard the interview, Mario’s rapid fire response during drive time may have been missed, so I repeat it here for you to savor slowly.

“When you go shopping, start on the outside of the store,” Mario begins. “You’re looking for 2-3 vegetable dishes and one protein. Start in the Produce Department.”

Mario says he asks himself “what can I serve raw, kind of cooked, and really well cooked?”P1000680

He tells us to choose any vegetable  that’s fresh and  in season, ( I may have added that proviso) that  you can cut into 1-2” inch cubes and roast with a little olive oil,  salt, and herbs of your choice, in a 450  oven for 30- minutes.  We’re talking carrots, turnips, pumpkins, potatoes,  parsnips — “anything that you can cut into a cube.”

“Use those  very same vegetables the next night”  he suggests.  “This time for a very different taste and texture, make thin julienne strips or shred in a food processor so they look like hash browns. Add oil, lemon juice, salt and your favorite herb. Maybe cilantro.”
Cuke Salad 7-09Your raw dinner feature  is a leafy green salad.

For protein, Mario  advises us to  look for what looks best and is probably on sale. For more expensive cuts of meat, fish, and chicken, you’’re going to braise, sear, or broil for just a few minutes until barely cooked through. If you have time, the fatty, less expensive, more flavorful meats will require  cooking for 45-90 minutes.

“I always marinate whatever meat I’m preparing for about half an hour with vinegar and herbs.”

At the conclusion of Mario’s speed talking wisdom, Kimball says “that’s the best response I’ve ever heard to this question. That was actually useful…”

I agree. I hope you find it useful, too.

Theodora Wilner, MA, HC, RYT, a recent graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition,  offers Wellness workshops and presentations,  and coaches active older adults who are seeking to reclaim their health, reduce their cravings, and restore their energy. www.wilnerweb.com

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How Long will you Live?

My husband and I recently met with our financial planner to see how much longer we’d have to work before we could retire. A few questions had to be answered before she could crunch the numbers, most notably: HOW LONG DO YOU EXPECT TO LIVE?

I think I remember asking my grandmother this question when I was about seven, and was severely reprimanded for my insensitivity. It is not the sort of question you are likely to ask your seat-mate at your Thanksgiving Dinner.

As a Certified Health Coach I have accumulated way too much knowledge on how the food I eat, the sleep I don’t get, and the coffee I shouldn’t drink is affecting my health. Even though I am blessed with good genes from two parents who lived into their 90’s, and I drink lots of water, and I do plenty of YOGA, I know I could do more to be healthier. How does one translate this knowledge of one’s health and self-care, invariably tainted by subjectivity, into an answer to the question: How long will I live?

How long do I want to live? I only know that I want to die healthy. I don’t want any chronic disease or debilitating medical intervention to take me out. I care less about when I leave this world, than how. This is what motivates me to be active, to help friends, to seek joy, to find purpose,  to read, and to eat well 80% of the time. I want to be healthy, fit, and cogent till the day I die.

Turns out, I’m not alone. My client base is dominated by active, older adults like myself.  We’re old enough to start thinking about our mortality, but still young enough, and motivated, to do something about it.

What’s your answer to this question? If you want an “assist,”  there are “Life Expectancy Calculators.” One of my favorites, in part because it was produced by my alma mater, is: http://gosset.wharton.upenn.edu/mortality/perl/CalcForm.html

Enjoy the inquiry.

Theodora Wilner, MA, RYT, HC is a Wellness Advisor and Certified Health Coach who works with active, older adults looking to reclaim their health, reduce their cravings, and restore their energy. For more information: www.wilnerweb.com

 

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Choose your Food Pyramid

Thanks for your supportive and abundant feedback on my last post. Feel free  to  make comments here and follow my posts by clicking on the “call out” symbol.

Several of you suggested that I post some graphics to “spice up” my last blog. Good idea! Here are some Food Pyramids that do a good job of illustrating the evolution of food pollicies and dietary theories.

Here is one of the original food pyramids, produced by the Department of Food and Agriculture:

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Here is one that illustrates the point made in my last blog about the negative influence of Food & Ag interests, Food manufacturers, and the Government on our food policies:

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Here are a few that I like which point you toward a healthy way of eating:

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Eating for Weight Loss requires a different, short term food system. Here are some weight loss pyramids:

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I’m guessing this would be my husband’s favorite food pyramid:

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I’m guessing this would be my daughter’s favorite food pyramid:

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Let us eat well, but let us also allow for life’s little indulgences. And let us always retain our sense of humor about all this.

 

Theodora Wilner, MA, RYT, HC is a Wellness Advisor and Certified Health Coach. Her newest presentation “The Government Food Pyramid is Wrong” is available upon request to www.wilnerweb.com

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Whose fault is it that we’re fat?

At the end of the Legislative season,  Pepsi Cola threw a party for California legislators after the bill calling for warning labels on soda cans was killed. That soda pops resemble highly regulated tobacco and alcohol in their effect on human health, was disregarded.

Pepsi’s  shameless display of self interest and the effect that they and their colleagues hold over public food interests, is keenly evident in the history of nutritional policy.

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One need only look back to the introduction of the Food Pyramid, a graphic for dietary guidelines produced by the US Department of Agriculture. Many nutritionists believe this food pyramid may be a key cause of the obesity epidemic. The food pyramid was a chart that originated in barns to guide farmers in the proper care and feeding of pigs. The Pyramid was heavily influenced by the constituents of the Department of Food and Agriculture which still authors this manifesto.

Why else would milk be considered a food group, but for the influence of the dairy industry? Why would the need for protein be translated as the need to eat beef, but for the influence of the meat industry? And why would the consumption of grains – even if whole – form the bottom tier of the food pyramid but for the influence of wheat and corn producers? It is this last category, in particular, that has fattened America.  The consumer has been further influenced by food manufacturers pushing  highly processed and sugared  cereals and breads. Unknowingly, the consumer now binges on empty calories,

Fortunately, there are now numerous pyramids and plates offered by purveyors of different dietary theories. This author’s favorites are those produced by the Mayo Clinic and the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in which vegetables form the basis of dietary recommendations.

It’s time to take a look at these other pyramids to guide our food choices.

Theodora Wilner, Wellness Advisor and certified Health Coach, delivers presentations on nutrition and food policies and offers clients the opportunity to design their own Pyramid based on informed choices and personal preferences. www.wilnerweb.com

 

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