What you don't know about food may be silently killing you. It's the main reason I said yes to a colonoscopy exam during my annual physical. I knew I was five years overdue. It's never too late to increase your awareness about your health. My doctor told me it's impossible to know if something abnormal is growing inside your colon without an inspection. The colonoscopy wasn't the only thing missing in my quest to learn more about my body. I needed to find a way to get out of the food blindspot. Here are 10 tips to help you maximize your food awareness zone:
- Read. I'm on my third nutrition book this year and each page offers new insight. I started with The Paleo Solution by Robb Wolf. Dr. Joel Furhman's book, Eat to Live, helped me understand what he calls the food equation and Rip Esselstyn shares his own food experiments in The Engine 2 Diet.
- Measure. I believe keeping daily logs about your weight and the foods you eat will help you discover what lifts you up and what brings you down. Keep a record of how you sleep, your moods and any headaches.
- Experiment. I discovered my body works better when I avoid certain foods. I recommend trying a diet of fruits, veggies and nuts for 45 days as an experiment. See what happens to your body when you avoid any foods with a label. Track everything so you have a record of your results.
- Ask Questions. I made a list of questions for my primary care physician and my specialist to help me understand how my body works. Questions help you find answers. Seek and you shall find.
- Challenge the Status Quo. I no longer trust the people in charge of our nutrition guidelines. Many are influenced by insiders who have something to gain by keeping the public in the blindspot. Don't let this happen to you.