In this clip from my keynote speech at the Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association conference 2014, I poke fun at the Standard American Diet (SAD) and touch on the importance of implementing real nutrition during and after recovery from a serious injury and throughout rehabilitation. I’ve written about the importance of healthy fats and proteins on the recovering brain and body in length. From a previous article:
“Whenever I am inclined to write about nutrition, I’m cautioned to be mindful of just how personal (and often controversial) the subject can be. Eating is an emotional experience, and we are passionate about our food. So passionate, in fact, that attitudes about nutrition are often comparable to strongly held beliefs about religion or politics. It makes sense; We live with bodies and brains that do not function identically, in a society where the abundance of fad diets, financial interests, costs, environment, commercialism and misinformation make selecting the *right* foods a confusing, complicated, and anxious choice (TIME Magazine has a Change of Heart on Fat).”
But there really are affordable, healthy, enjoyable alternatives and there really are simple and reliable strategies to make sure your recovering brain and body get the nutrients they need to supply the rehabilitative work you’re doing!
- Ask yourself, how long will this food last on the shelf? If the answer is weeks or months (or worse), you can probably find a healthy alternative.
- Skip the “processed middle” of the grocery store and trek the outsides. (Deli, veggies, dairy, produce, etc)
- Think about advertising and what is *actually* being said. Chances are, if it says “low fat” it translates to high sugar, and the recovering body and brain need healthy fat.