The quick answer: Want better health? America’s biggest dietary problem is excessive sugar intake—we each average over 100 lbs per year.
A New Year, Again
We made a resolution for the New Year—to continue Word of Wisdom Living, but more effectively. It’s a lot of work but we’re encouraged by the growth in readers over the last year. You must be spreading the word so thank you But please keep it up—it isn’t easy to change the world.
This will be our 4th year of weekly posts. We’re improving the 52 Healthy Changes to keep up with your progress. We’ll also post more Skip’s Healthy Recipes, where I reinvent traditional recipes using today’s best ingredients and shamelessly attach my name. What else should we do? Please share your ideas.
A Cooking Show for Real Families
There’s one more resolution: To propose a TV cooking show where regular people compete to cook real food. I’m tired of the shows where professional chefs furiously whip up exotic dishes to impress fussy foodies. We want regular people cooking healthy but affordable meals that children and husbands love—food that’s deliciously ordinary, practical, and wholesome.
This will be a food program for real families where tips are shared and the winning recipes are posted for everyone to use. Stay tuned.
Back to Eden
The essence of the food reformation is eating food as close as practical to how it was first created. Corn on the cob, for instance, is healthier than high fructose corn syrup. An apple is healthier than a store-bought apple turnover. Our modest goal is to obsolete the factory foods invented in the last century by Food Inc.
Factory foods have three things in common (unfortunately, wholesomeness isn’t one):
- Long shelf life—this means eliminating the nutrients that nourish bacteria (and humans) and adding chemical preservatives.
- Cheap ingredients—combine the cheapest commodities (corn syrup, refined flour, soybean oil, salt, etc.) with artificial flavors and coloring.
- Addictiveness—they need you to keep coming back and sugar is our worst addiction. Thanks to Food Inc, America’s sugar intake steadily increased over the last century to exceed 100 pounds per person every year.
Sugar is the lazy food flavor. In the food reformation, traditional spices and flavors replace sugar. Soda drinks are our biggest source of sugar. So Healthy Change #1 says to limit yourself to one week—this includes the so-called "diet" drinks. If you don't drink any soft drinks, give yourself a pat on the back.
Please comment: The Holidays are over and you've likely added 5-10 lbs. A key to losing weight is to reduce your sugar intake to below the AHA recommendation of 6 tsp per day (9 tsp for men). Please share your ideas for reducing sugar intake.