According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 133 million Americans suffer from a chronic disease such as obesity, diabetes, or cardiovascular disease. Another 100 million are diagnosed with cancer, depression or autoimmune conditions. Countless studies by government, science and media estimate that between 35 and 50 percent of these illnesses and their impacts on healthcare costs can be mitigated through better nutrition.
Good nutrition is hardly a new concept. The Greek physician Hippocrates proclaimed nearly 2,500 years ago: “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” Today we have more resources to help us select good foods than ever before. From best-selling diet manuals to the emergence of local agriculture and daily advice from T.V. doctors, we’re inundated with facts, fads and the next best thing.
The Problem with the Standard American Diet
Amidst the confusing array of choices, one trend in this country is clear: we need to alter our dependence on the Standard American Diet. Hundreds of years ago, our ancestors were hunter-gatherers who consumed mostly fruits, vegetables, wild grains and seeds, meat and fish. Over the course of several generations, ready-made meals hit the marketplace, enticing families to make it simple, pop a frozen dinner in the oven and get back to the TV.
Sugars, refined flours and processed foods swiftly changed our daily eating habits and altered our organisms, raising fat and cholesterol levels, blood pressure and glycemic loads. It is no wonder our beloved Standard American Diet—steeped in culture, family and Sunday night football—has been truncated to the S.A.D. diet.
M4W is a place to share and synthesize. We’ll bring you the latest reliable nutrition news across the board—from fast foods to phytonutrients, GMOs to calorie-counting apps, Paleo to Ovo-Vegan. We’ll look at cleansing and diets that heal. We’ll enlist tips and science from physicians and chefs, all with the aim to encourage each of you to “uplift your wellness” and even share your own habits, diets and recipes.
Discover How Cooking Can Transform Your Body and Life
Our cooking pros will host Fun Parties That Really Cook®. During our live events, we’ll learn how to have fun with cooking and discover how to make your meals a celebration of our camaraderie and success. We will show you how learning how to cook healthy can become your life-saving skill. Let’s put food back in its proper perspective: what we eat impacts our actions and feelings as our actions and feelings impact what we eat. Together we’ll get healthy from the inside out. If you’re ready to discover the power of your food and want to learn more, join our free membership and look through our programs on this site.