• Proper diet plays a pivotal role in determining our health and resistance to disease. The concept that food can address many of our ills goes back 2,500 years when the Greek physician Hippocrates said, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” Good food—real food—can be a very powerful medicine indeed.

    Unfortunately, many of our modern-day foods contain excessive calorie-laden proteins, fats, and carbohydrates, and insufficient health-promoting vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals. You should avoid fried foods and use healthy oils such as olive oil, flaxseed oil, and coconut oil. As much as possible, try to use organic, pesticide-free, non-GMO foods. Get as much protein as you can from vegetable sources rather than animal, and stick to leans meats and fish.

    Avoid foods that contain artificial sweeteners, high-fructose corn syrup, or too much sodium. Avoid the use of refined sugars and flours, and eat more high-quality carbohydrates such as non-gluten grains, and fresh fruit and vegetables. Limit sugary or caffeinated beverages. And don’t skip breakfast.