What is lifestyle medicine? Following specific guidelines and practices for food choices, stress management, being physically active, avoiding risky substance use and nicotine use, getting enough sleep, and having a strong emotional support system in your life can powerfully prevent, treat, and often even reverse chronic disease and select autoimmune conditions (source: The American College of Lifestyle Medicine).
At a recent routine medical visit, my doctor briefly encouraged me to follow a whole foods plant based diet. Say what?!? But why? And whatever happened to the Mediterranean diet? Uf, I can’t keep up with all this !! Aside from those of you who were instructed to follow specific diets for medical reasons (ie high blood pressure, diabetes) the rest of us are encouraged to follow a plant based diet. Personally and professionally I am trying to learn more about what that looks like.. and how I feel as I make small shifts in my eating habits. Lifestyle changes, if followed, occur over a period of time.. years, my friends ! And as I celebrate my birthday (yes, another year, thank God !) I hope to continue healthy, strong, vibrant, and injury free ! I may have additional posts in the future that talk about nutrition or other facets of Lifestyle Medicine as I am learning, for now, enjoy these info sheets on nutrition myths! #LifestyleMedicine (American College of Lifestyle Medicine information sheet)
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