Habits

CDC Top Ten

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has published its Top Ten List of 2016.

Unfortunately, it’s the list of foods that most commonly make us sick.

And while, in this blog, we typically focus on long term health and diet, and chronic conditions, we certainly want to remain vigilant regarding acute food-borne illnesses.

The 2016 organisms haven’t changed much – listeria, salmonella and E. Coli – but the sources have gone trendy.

So if you’re a foodie, here are just four food trends you might want to avoid:

  • sprouts – raw or undercooked
  • raw milk
  • Garden of Life brand  – RAW Meal Organic Shake & Meal Replacement
  • back yard poultry

Food-borne illness is quite common but often not recognized. Most often the symptoms are of gastrointestinal distress like diarrhea, abdominal cramps, fever, gas, fatigue, muscle aches, nausea; sometimes vomiting can occur. The CDC list identifies multi-state outbreaks so it certainly isn’t comprehensive.

The most important thing you can do in your own home to avoid food poisoning: wash your hands, keep counter tops, cutting boards, and kitchen towels clean.

And in this case, avoid trends to be well,

Marcia

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Eating index

A local newspaper, The Journal-Gazette, recently ran an article about how our region eats. On a Gallup-Sharecare Well-Being Index, our metro area ranked in the bottom fifth of (perhaps) comparable communities.

This is not a study by any stretch of the imagination. There is no science to the results. It represents people willing to answer questions on the phone. It asks people to self-report eating habits. So, I doubt the “results” reflect much of anything but the author immediately jumps to a solution: eliminate food deserts.

Wow, if that “solution” would have any impact, we have solved all health issues connected to diet. Build grocery stores and farmer’s markets on every corner. And they will come.

Despite the evidence that Americans leave their “deserts” routinely and despite the evidence that having healthy food available does NOT lead to healthier choices, we continue down that well-meaning path. The problem with the misdirection is that we’re wasting resources.

Thankfully, the article quoted Julie West, a DuPont Hospital Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, saying PLANNING is a key factor in healthy food habits. No one plans an unhealthy trip to the store. No one plans to eat a candy bar for lunch. No one plans to eat fast food every day. Those habits reflect lack of planning.

Our resources would be better spent, helping consumers, of every age, make a plan. As we speed up every aspect of our lives, thinking, reflecting and planning is left behind. As un-glamorous as it sounds, thinking through a week of eating (or even the next three days) and planning where and what your meals will be, gives you your first step toward better choices.

How would you answer the question: Did you eat healthy all day yesterday? PLAN to be well,

Marcia

 

 

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