I'm sure many people made New Year's resolutions for improving their diets or exercising habits. Our health is very important and its disturbing to me to hear the likes of Nick Cannon being hospitalized due to a reported "mild kidney failure." We're only two years apart in age but it's becoming a trend. More and more reports stream across the net about ailments plaguing the younger generation--including celebrities, athletes and rap artists. What is going on? What are we going to do about it?
Well, U.S. News just released its 2011 Top Rated Diets results and coming in first place is the DASH diet. DASH stands for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension. The rest of the Top Ten is rounded out by the TLC Diet, Mayo Clinic Diet, Mediterranean Diet, Weight Watchers Diet, Volumetrics Diet, Jenny Craig Diet, Biggest Loser Diet, Ornish Diet, and the Vegetarian Diet.
The ranking system is obviously not based upon what works for the people because if you look at the link to their list they are polling people with the question "Did this diet work for you?" And from the looks of things, the vegetarian diet had the best success rate out of the top ten picks.Which diet gets your vote?
Well, ladies and gentlemen when it comes to successful diets I am biased. In 1993, I first read the book "How to Eat to Live" Volumes 1 & 2 by the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad. The biggest difference between these two books and these diets listed above is that He is presenting Divine guidance from God in Person and what Jesus came to give us: "Life and life more abundantly." I admit, when I first heard that the members of the Nation of Islam ate one meal a day between 4pm and 6pm, I thought that was crazy.
"Eating three or four times a day is to your stomach as dripping water is to a stone or iron. The dripping water will eventually wear a stone and iron away. But, just to look at the water, it does not appear powerful enough in its dripping to wear the stone and iron away. It is the same with food; we continuously put it into our stomachs to be digested and eventually it will destroy the stomach. If we let our stomachs rest a while and gain strength, they will last longer in doing a job of digesting food for us," writes the Hon. Elijah Muhammad in Volume 1.
Throughout the books he breaks down the science of why eating one meal a day is the best diet, what vegetables to avoid, the power of the navy bean, the proper way to cook your bread, and the benefits of fasting. He goes in on why we should steer away from things such as pork, corn bread, soy beans, nuts, sweet potatoes, and all others types of "soul food" that the slavemaster fed the slaves on plantations.
He further writes, "Many are advertising what to eat, and what medicines to take to make you eat or stop you from eating. Many books are written and sold on good and bad foods, as well as on reducing the weight and on how to increase the weight, introducing the many chemicals used to bring about the desired result. But Allah, in the Person of Master Fard Muhammad, to Whom praises are due forever, has given us a better and safer way to do these things"
Since 1997, I've been striving to follow the diet of one meal a day and guess what: I'm still alive to type this blog. If you're looking to truly change your health for the better and not with another quick gimmick, why not try "How to Eat to Live" by the Hon. Elijah Muhammad? Give it a try in 2012 and let us know your results. You can get your copy by clicking @ Final Call Online Store!
P.S.--The image above is a poster child from the new controversial Stop Childhood Obesity ad campaign in Georgia led by Strong 4 Life. I wonder if First Lady Michelle Obama is down with their strategy. (smile)
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