The Livewell Clinic - May 2019

MAY 2019 LEDGER Where’s the Beef? THE 13375 University Avenue, Suite 100, Clive, IA 50325|www.thelivewellclinic.com|515.279.9900

WHY FOOD SOURCING IS AN ESSENTIAL PART OF A HEALTHY NUTRITIONAL PLAN

terrible. Granted, I obviously don’t want my son to feel bad, but I was happy to hear that he was learning about the best foods for his body. As a family, we choose to shop at the farmers market or grocery store chains with healthier options, likeWhole Foods. We select organic, natural, in-season, and grass- fed products, and our children are learning by seeing their mom and I make these smart decisions. This lifestyle is expensive, to be sure. The other day, I spent nearly $40 on a chuck roast, which is absurd. But I was able to freeze the leftovers, save the broth, and maximize the use of that $40 slab of meat. Eating healthy is an investment, and while we’re not perfect, we do our best to make sound contributions to our health each day. Personally, I like to try new options and learnmore fromhealth-conscious organizations. The Environmental Working Group is a great source with guides designed to help customers discern which foods are covered in pesticides, which ones are safe to eat, and various other food-sourcing and nutrition guidelines. The lists also detail which produce is perfectly fine when purchased for a bargain and which options you may want to splurge on for better, safer quality. Learnmore about resources for mindful food sourcing on Page 3 of this newsletter. In the end, making smart food-sourcing choices comes down to using logic. You would fill your car with the cleanest oil available, so why wouldn’t you do the same for your body?

Recently, I’ve been incorporating more sardines into my diet, and on a surface level, the small fish are disgusting. They smell weird and, frankly, don't look appetizing at all. But sardines are extremely healthy, so I opt to get creative with how I eat them, pairing themwith foods that complement their flavor. My body is getting great nutrients from this new habit. Sardines and other wholesome foods I eat give my body the proper fuel it needs to function well. You can’t put beer in a car’s gas tank and expect it to run. Nor should you expect your body to run on pesticides, grease, and genetically modified ingredients. But when you’re not aware of where your food comes from, that’s exactly what you’re attempting to do. Opting for grass-fed meats, organic and nongenetically modified produce, in- season products, and wholesome ingredients offers a bevy of positive results. First, the number of nutrients in these food sources is much higher than their overprocessed counterparts, and inmost cases, the farming and delivery has been done sustainably. Eating squash in the fall and locally grown strawberries in the summer is going to give you the best nutritional value and protect the environment against emissions caused by unnecessary shipping. Even better, when you purchase your food from the farmers market, you choose a healthy and environmentally sustainable option that supports the local economy. This is howmy family and I try to eat each day. One of the more rewarding parts of living this way is that my wife and I get to see the effect this has on our children. A proud moment for me recently was whenmy oldest told me he must have eaten something his body didn’t like, because he was feeling

Dr. Zachary Watkins

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