I just came back from the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) meeting in Cleveland. One of the highlights of the meeting was hearing Michael F. Roizen, M.D. talk about living every day to the fullest through a healthy lifestyle. He and Dr. Oz host a show on Oprah and Friends radio where they discuss healing techniques, preventative medicine and the latest in health news. They also share a daily syndicated newspaper column. He is currently chief wellness officer and chair of the Wellness Institute at the Cleveland Clinic.
Dr. Roizen pointed out 4 areas of choices we make that impact our longevity and quality of life. They are:
food choices and portion size
“No smoking” campaigns have greatly lessened the tobacco usage in the US, but smoking is on the rise again, according to his statements.
Here is information from Dr. Roizen about food choices and portion size:
Eliminate or limit saturated fat and trans fats. These kinds of fats are found mostly in meats, luncheon meats, full-fat dairy products, baked goods, fried fast foods, and palm and coconut oils.
Avoid simple sugars, including syrup (corn, malt, rice, maple).
Stay away from most white, processed food.
Use a smaller sized plate, such as a 9-inch rather than the more traditional larger sizes.
I was especially interested in his comment: “Teach cooking!” By preparing food in the home we can make a much more direct effect on our health.
Concerning physical activity, Dr. Roizen said to walk 30 minutes every day. Using a pedometer is helpful.
Five minutes of meditation morning and evening would help with stress control.
These were only some of the highlights that I wanted to share with you today.
Lee Jackson, CFCS
Home and Family Living Coach