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THE CHEF SPEAKS {EAT VEGETABLES! LIVE LONGER!}. 15 Nov 2011

Chef Hooks

Dear Lithers,      

Six of the ten leading causes of death are linked to poor nutrition. If you look at dietary guidelines from the American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, Center for Disease Control, and the American Dietetic Association they are all saying the same things.. eat more veggies, fruits, whole grains and live longer!

Here is a quote from the American Heart Association, "More women die of cardiovascular diseases than from the next four causes of death combined, including all forms of cancer. But 80% of cardiac events in women could be prevented if women made the right choices for their heart involving diet, exercise and abstinence from smoking."

Here are a couple other numbers for you from the World Cancer Research Fund:
66-75% of Stomach Cancer is Preventable by Diet
66-75% of Colon/Rectal Cancers are Preventable by Diet
33-66% of Liver Cancer is Preventable by Diet
33-50% of Breast Cancer is Preventable by Diet

Statistics focusing on the subject of chronic illness and disease might seem a little grim but I actually get really excited about numbers like this because that means we can do something about it!! It's incredible empowering once you realize that the choices you make are the key to taking control over your own health and happiness!

So what does eating "right" actually mean? Well, it can mean a lot of differing things to a lot of different people. There is no formula that will lead to optimal health for every single person so I encourage everyone to do your own research and listen to your own bodies cues in order to feel your absolute best.

Here are some simple guidelines that I really love that are recommended by Brenda Davis, a Registered Dietitian:

-Eat a variety of foods
-Choose most of what you eat from plant sources.
-Eat five or more servings of vegetables and fruits each day
-Eat six servings of whole grain bread, pasta and cereals each day.
-Eat high fat foods sparingly, especially those from animal sources.
-Keep your intake of simple sugars to a minimum.

The world Cancer Research Fund also put out a list of the most harmful dietary components which included: alcohol, meat, animal fat, saturated fat, dairy products and salt. This is the reason why there are so many plant based meals coming out of the Lithe Foods kitchen. We try our best to produce foods that you can rely on to be health promoting and not have to think about. If veggies, fruits and whole grains are the things that are going to give you a fighting chance against heart disease and other awful conditions then I will do my best to make them taste delicious so you'll actually want to eat them!

Best Wishes,
Chef Lauren Hooks

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We love you Lauren! You're inspiring, creative, smart and a phenom chef. I love working with you. Lets keep spreading the word on healthy eating!

Thank you sooo much Lauren!! I am beyond thrilled to be working for you and to be a part of Lithe. You are really doing phenomenal things.

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