Last night, Betty Smith, 72 year-old ultra marathon runner (and recent record-setter in her age group of an 89 mile run in 48 hours!) discussed the foods that she eats and what is best for the body. Betty explained how her eating choices have contributed to her running success and overall near-perfect health. In fact she mentioned that she never needs medications of any kind (including headache and cold medications) because she doesn’t get sick. She was in a career at one point working with young children and even being around them, she still didn’t get sick!
Betty’s presentation was entitled “Yuck! Nutrition”. As she stated, Cancer, Diabetes and Heart Disease don’t want people to eat healthy because these diseases thrive on junk food. These diseases want people to think that healthy food is just “yuck”. However, by eating in the manner that she outlines these lifestyle diseases can be prevented.
Through a simple chart Betty showed which vitamins, antioxidants, micro nutrients and macro nutrients are needed to maintain ideal health. The best food sources were listed and their role in the body. She finished with explaining what she eats and giving ideas for how to incorporate these foods every day.
To make a point, I asked Betty, “If the local grocery store offered to give you any food item for free, how much of the food that they offer would you take?”. Her answer: none. I thought that this was an important way to get the point across of how unhealthy the food is at the traditional grocery store (She did go on to explain that this was assuming that they didn’t carry organic and fresh fruits and vegetables.).
At the end of her seminar, Betty asked the group to take just one thing that they learned and implement it. Even the smallest change can make a difference. One positive habit leads to other positive habits. If you attended that seminar, please post here what you took from it and what you will change in your life.
PS-I will be posting the video of her seminar on a blog this week.