“Let Food Be Thy Medicine, and Medicine Be Thy Food.”

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“Let Food Be Thy Medicine, and Medicine Be Thy Food.”

Categories: Two Ten News, WIFI

Shoes.com recently hosted the WIFI Boston chapter at their new offices in Charlestown, MA for an evening focused on healthy eating.  Attendees connected with their fellow colleagues in footwear, noshed on healthy snacks and learned some easy ways to be mindful of what you eat and how you treat your body.

The presentation by health coach Rosanne Walsh, titled  “Finding Your Healthy Bottom Line” was excellent reminder that you should “treat your health like a job, because your life depends on it.” Rosanne detailed some easy ways to incorporate healthier options into your diet and debunked some myths about popular diet fads.

Following are some key takeaways:

Bio Individuality:  Each individual should approach their health in a way that is specific to their own bodies. Just because an all protein diet works for a friend doesn’t mean it will work for you. You need to find the healthy balance that works for your body.

“Eat the Rainbow” Ideally, your diet should include 5-7 different colored vegetables and fruits in a day. In addition, 50% of the fruits and vegetables you do eat should be raw as raw foods have the most nutrients. Many people are concerned about eating enough protein, but Rosanne shared that it’s the vegetables and fruits that you should be more concerned with.

Genetic Disposition: Rosanne shared the quote “Our genes load the gun, our lifestyle pulls the trigger.” You might have a history of heart disease or cancer in your family, but your lifestyle is what enables that disease to come forward. By eating healthfully, you can prevent any of these predisposed issues to ever arise.

The Human Microbiome: There is a lot of research being done right now about the Microbiome and how 70% of the immune system resides in your gut.  If your gut bacteria is out of balance in any way, this can cause lots of health problems. Make sure you are taking a probiotic, especially after being on antibiotics which decimate all the bacteria in your gut.

Rosanne also did a cooking demonstration and guests tasted Sesame Almond Butter “Zoodles.”

Click here for some more photos from the event.

Some additional resources that Rosanne suggested include:

Special thanks to Shoes.com for sponsoring this fantastic and educational evening!