We are pleased to offer our third edition of Davis Wellness in today's edition of the Clipper. A copy is available for download here, or you can look for copies around town and in your newspaper. Stay tuned to this website for regular health and wellness news, updates and features in anticipation of our April edition, to hit newsstands March 28. Below is the editor's column from this edition.
Eating right is vital for a healthy life
BY REBECCA PALMER
I was a distance runner in high school and, before that, a ballet dancer.
Add my activities to my 5-foot, 9-inch frame, and I could eat just about anything and still squeeze into my size 5 jeans.
Fast forward to my post-college days, which included eating a lot of fast food on the run from one crime scene to the next as a reporter, and I had no such luck. My weight had increased slightly, but my blood pressure showed the real harm. Doctors told me they had never seen numbers so high in someone so young.
I signed up for a gym membership that day. During my first meeting with a personal trainer, I got some sad news. Losing weight is mostly about diet, he said. You can work out for hours and not lose weight if you grab a cheeseburger on the way home.
I have since lost weight and my blood pressure is closer to normal, thanks to my adoption of a primarily plant-based diet, among other things, but I see signs of eating problems everywhere. Recently, a close friend shocked me when he said that he had once been obese. Now, he’s known for his health. He avoids all grains and most carbs, even if it means eating just lettuce at parties.
His message was the same as my trainer’s: You can’t lose weight unless you make a dietary change. Not realizing this can lead to despondence and depression.
This third edition of Davis Wellness focuses on healthy nutrition. Our reporters and columnists go into detail about why nutrition is important — it can help cure or prevent cancer and other diseases, we learned. We also found great tips for snacks and local resources for diabetics.
Unfortunately, good nutrition in our culture is less about getting all the right vitamins than it is about eating the right amounts of health-promoting foods.
In our reporting this month, we learned that some restaurants serve up to eight servings too many for a single order.
Other research shows that even doctors could learn more about nutrition and could eat better. You can read about this study and others at davisclipper.com/pages/davis_wellness. You will also find expanded articles there about the research we highlight on page 8.
I am not free of bad health habits, but my story and the stories of so many others prove my trainer and my friend right: eating wisely is imperative to looking and feeling your best.
But good food isn’t the only component. Having good fuel makes exercising, another vital component of good health, easier and more fun. My rock climbing sessions go much better if I’m not dragging ten extra pounds up the cliff face, for example.
For more motivation, see our photo collage of Valentine’s Day runners on page 10.
Then, join our Get Moving Davis initiative by signing up at Skills Fitness in Bountiful, 1525 N. Main Street. If you get moving six times a week, you will be eligible for prizes.
We want your fitness tips and comments. Visit our Davis Wellness page online, where you can post your thoughts and download a free digital edition of this magazine.
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