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Beacon of HOPE Wellness Committee: Healthy eating

May 17, 2018
By Nancy Buthman, ARNP ( , Pine Island Eagle

Nutrition is a part of everyday life that can make a huge difference in your life and your health.

"Poor nutrition is the leading cause of poor health in the United States and globally causing more death and disability than any other factor," said Darosh Mozaffariar, MD, editor in chief of Taft's Health and Nutrition Letter.

The science of nutrition is advancing rapidly and provides powerful opportunities to reduce and even avoid many chronic diseases. A new study in the New England Journal of Medicine says that improving your eating patterns and sticking with the better habits over the long haul may have a big impact on reducing your risk of dying prematurely.

The food you eat can be the best and most powerful form of medicine or the worst form of poison. Many studies have shown that eating the right way can decrease the risk for certain diseases such as cancer, heart disease, obesity, diabetes, dementia and many GI problems. There are multiple risks from chronic inflammation.

Many foods such as berries, broccoli, omega fatty acids in fish and green tea can reduce inflammation which is a huge factor in many of these diseases. Cutting calories also can reduce inflammation. Some foods such as beans, oatmeal and avocados can make you feel full faster. A healthy diet is essential to keep your heart healthy, your blood pressure under control, keep your arteries young. There are cognitive benefits from certain plant foods which help keep your mind sharp. Imagine eating more and feeling better.

Wouldn't you like to know how to eat healthier, how to choose a healthy diet, how to make smart fat choices, how you can make a recipe healthier with just a few changes. Learn new ways to break emotional eating habits when stressed. Control your hunger with smart smacking.

Julie Hill, a registered dietician, said proper eating will rapidly improve health, general well being and improve disease states. She will be at the Beacon of HOPE to help you learn how to treat yourself and your family with healthier nutrition.

The program will be on Monday, May 21, at 10 a.m., at the Beacon of HOPE.

Join us. It's time to take charge of your life.

For more information, call the Beacon of HOPE at 239-283-5123 or email or visit

The Beacon of HOPE is located at 5090 Doug Taylor Circle, St James City.



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