Would it surprise you to find out that what we eat has a direct correlation to our health? I’m sure most people are at least familiar with this simple fact but don’t have a working knowledge or understanding of how this works.
Last month we learned from Dan Buettner in his book, The Blue Zones Solution that people who live well into their 90’s and 100’s actually enjoy a higher quality of life in their old age. They do this by applying principles such as regular moderate exercise, managing stress, enjoying social circles of family and friends, creating a community supportive of healthy behaviors, and eating a diet rich in whole grains, fruits, vegetables, legumes (beans, peas, lentils) and herbs. This month I would like to share some excerpts from Dr. Michael Greger, M.D. in his book, How Not To Die. I would highly recommend you pick up a copy of this excellent book for yourself. It’s an easy, interesting read packed full of great information about diet and nutrition you can easily incorporate into your life.
In his book, How Not To Die, Dr. Greger shares evidence-based strategies on how to deal with lifestyle-related diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure as well as many cancers, infections, Parkinson’s Disease and more. On page 312 of his book, Dr. Greger states, “Eating greens nearly every day may be one of the most powerful steps you can take to prolong your life. Of all the food groups analyzed by a team of Harvard University researchers, greens turned out to be associated with the strongest protection against major chronic diseases, including up to about a 20 percent reduction in risk for both heart attacks and strokes for every additional daily serving.” He also states, “…greens truly are the healthiest foods on the planet. You simply can’t do better in terms of nutrition per calorie.” p. 320.
It’s with this in mind that Toppled Barn Farm concentrates on providing you a variety of delicious and healthy greens in our signature Salad Mix which includes varieties of greens like romaine lettuce, kale, arugula, spinach, mustard greens, Chinese cabbage, tatsoi, and pac choi. We also grow other healthy vegetables and greens to include beets/greens, collards, Swiss chard, salad turnips/greens, radishes, and carrots.
Dr. Gregor invites you to, “Explore, innovate, taste test, play, and teach your palate to enjoy them. Whether you sneak them into a refreshing smoothie, incorporate them into sauces and dressings, use them as a base for main dishes, or eat them straight in a big, vibrant salad–just do it. Your body will thank you with every bite of greens you take.” p. 320. Check out our online store to see some of the tasty, healthy greens and other vegetables we have to offer you.
Don’t forget to check out, How Not To Die by Michael Greger, M.D. available at most booksellers and on Amazon.com. Take control of your life and health. Your family and friends will thank you for it!