Tips to Optimize Your Nutrition

October 10, 2010

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Weatherford LM November 21, 2011 at 9:47 pm

All in all “we are what we eat”! Kind of scary when you think about it, bad I do not have a “green thumb”, it would be much cheaper to grow my own organic fruits and veggies rather than buy the expensive ones in the stores! It is much healthier ๐Ÿ™‚


Csutherland April 5, 2015 at 10:02 pm

this is so true. growing your own does take a lot of work but would be much cheaper and way healthier.


Cbrown1900 April 5, 2016 at 6:25 pm

I agree it is the best way to go but the reality is america is lazy!

lefj1979 April 6, 2016 at 7:39 pm

My grandmother had a garden when I was growing up and it was a lot of work to keep up and depending on the weather made it even harder.

kglasgow July 19, 2016 at 3:37 am

I agree. It is better in the long run.

jpatino July 26, 2016 at 3:55 pm

I agree, clean eating is best, but can be difficult.

bburks April 11, 2017 at 3:38 pm

I wish I lived somewhere were I could garden! I used to help my grandma with her garden and greenhouse, and that food was so fresh and yummy!

msorrell April 30, 2017 at 2:45 pm

Growing your own food usually tastes better too!

A.Wood July 13, 2017 at 1:28 pm

I agree but I never have the time to even start a garden let alone keep up with it.

Hailee Cooper November 8, 2017 at 4:51 pm

I always say I’m going to start growing my own veggies but Ive only got as far as growing herbs. It would be so much healthier and convenient

CHARPER3 November 8, 2017 at 5:49 pm

Hailee, at least you have a start. I just don’t have the time nor do I live in an ideal location for a garden. I do agree that it would be much more inexpensive.

CLovell April 8, 2015 at 4:58 pm

You do not have to worry about harmful sprays when you grow your own either


sboyett April 8, 2015 at 11:06 pm

I always wonder if the organic products in the store are really organic. I guess they have to be for them to advertise it that way. We by organic eggs and they are alot more expensive–almost double price. Going to the farmers market in the summer is a good way to get home grown fruits and vegetables.

ppumphrey December 2, 2015 at 2:44 pm

Growing your own fruits and veggies actually isnt hard!! I do not have a “green thumb” at all. I cant even keep fake plants alive, but we do well with our garden. and it is sooooo much cheaper!!

Chelsea Vogel Hunter February 7, 2016 at 6:34 am

I don’t even understand how we have such a unhealthy unnatural diet.

acgill March 19, 2016 at 12:50 pm

I agree! When you grow your own, you know where it came from and you can choose to not spray it with chemicals. Homegrown food also tastes awesome!

swhitfield April 2, 2016 at 3:28 pm

yes agreed! organic stuff is more expensive, but doesn’t have all those chemicals. What is gross to think about is Mcdonald fries staying the same and not rotting or spoiling after YEARS, that tells you right there how much chemicals go into making fries. Any REAL food will spoil.

JPrichard April 7, 2016 at 12:29 am

Very true. I’ve been eating a lot more healthy foods and when i wake up every morning i feel so much better, its worth choosing healthy foods over junk food.

Ashleigh W. July 15, 2016 at 5:18 pm

Its so nice to grow your own veggies because you know exactly who is handling your food!

JessyM July 25, 2016 at 11:41 am

I think growing your own foods is a great solution, however; some people do not have the time it takes to tend to these gardens, or the space to grow their own food.

haley14 October 7, 2016 at 2:13 am

that’s a good outlook on it, less to worries, but you should know whats in the dirt you do use to grow your own?

wslaughter February 14, 2017 at 1:10 pm

I agree! It can be a fun AND beneficial hobby to grow your own organic produce!

mbarrett2289 April 12, 2017 at 3:46 pm

We are in the process of building a house and we will have a small garden in the back on our land. I’m excited to learn how to cook using what I grow.

vvaldes1222 May 1, 2015 at 9:51 pm

It is very true that the healthy things are expensive. So, growing your own fruits and vegetables would save you so much money.


Megan moore February 24, 2016 at 11:55 pm

pretty much everything is expensive now days but there is nothing we can do about it really. ITs just something we have to live with. No matter if your buying a box of straw berries or a bag of grapes, it’s all going to be expensive.

reagonj March 9, 2016 at 3:05 pm

its ridiculous that they tell you to eat healthy when everything healthy is so expensive.

Kaycie Bullion April 6, 2016 at 3:39 pm

I hate that heatlhy foods are so costly! It’s all about the fast food industry.

DGPatton November 2, 2016 at 8:15 pm

It doesn’t make sense does it? Aren’t many unhealthy things just healthy things turned bad? So why is the source more expensive.

drandle November 2, 2016 at 11:21 pm

They are! I would like to buy organic but just can’t afford it. I am very lucky my parents have a garden that I get to raid whenever I’d like.

Co94dy7 April 10, 2017 at 5:31 pm

Plus all the hard work will pay off with truly organic plants

nwade November 8, 2017 at 9:45 pm

Yes, I think growing your own veggies is very important and a lot more healthier than buying produce.

dobrien June 3, 2015 at 3:11 pm

I completely agree with you, if you eat unhealthy well there you go, and if you eat healthy well then you’ll be healthy.


dobrien June 3, 2015 at 3:16 pm

I’ve recently started buying more organic and healthier foods, and yes they are more expensive, but they’re also better for me and a lot cheaper than a trip to the hospital would be if I were to ever become obese or diabetic or have osteoporosis, or any other number of things and also I’ve always been encouraged the quantity is better than quality and that is how I shop and I truly feel healthier for it.


Agnes Turner July 3, 2015 at 3:28 pm

I agree with you. The hospital bills cost much more than buy and eat healthy food. I keep telling my co-workers who are much younger than me. They should pay attention what they eat and watch the portion. Of course, do exercise. Simple.

Emily November 29, 2015 at 12:42 am

This was a great way to look at this issue… I’m always complaining about how the organic foods that are good for us are so expensive. But if you weigh out the cost of the hospital and Dr bills you could possibly have if you don’t eat the healthy organic lifestyle, the organic food isn’t very expensive at all is it! ๐Ÿ™‚

sparrish March 16, 2016 at 11:08 pm

I’m with you! Buying organic isn’t even a choice anymore – it is required. And also buying in bulk, or from wholesale companies will definitely save us some money. I was impressed by this video and plan to go to his blog site, He makes a lot of sense to me!

kneal October 16, 2016 at 9:14 am

Initially it is more expensive to go organic but in the long run you save money with less doctor visits, less medications, and general better health.
also you need quality food not quantity. good local produce is better than produce that is shipped thousands of miles and is refined and processed.

hlong1 October 18, 2016 at 1:04 pm

I hate that healthy foods are so expensive! Being on a budget makes it hard to buy healthy foods.

bjohnson November 9, 2016 at 10:17 pm

Although the price of organic food is a bit higher, it is worth the money to possibly prevent the risk of a health disorder. I like the thought of organic foods and am unsure of the GMOs that are on the market today.

Kyle Cash July 18, 2017 at 1:50 pm

I agree with you. it’s definitely worth the extra dollars to avoid medical problems.But you can find ways to save money My family is growing tomatoes and cucumbers this year and it’s not hard or expensive so growing your own food is a good option. We also go to a place called the produce shed where we buy enough corn, peas, butter beans for a year and its like $150 so look for places like this in your area.

Twebb September 7, 2015 at 10:58 pm

My wife and I have been trying to get our own garden started so that we can stop buying from the markets and have it fresh and often and not have to pay so much for it .


Blusinger March 3, 2016 at 1:12 pm

my mom has been wanting a garden for the same reason.

Collins.M April 5, 2016 at 9:05 pm

That is a brilliant idea. I hope you guys succeed in having one. Too much chemical are produce are not good for the body at all no matter the quantity been consumed.

Ashleigh W. July 14, 2016 at 10:51 pm

Good luck on the garden. I think it is a wonderful idea to start one!

wslaughter February 14, 2017 at 1:12 pm

Organic can be expensive! But I agree, way cheaper then the hospital bills!

mhardage3 April 10, 2017 at 5:47 pm

I am trying to get my mom to regrow her garden also. My dad has found how amazing fruit trees are so our whole yard is covered in apple, peach, plum trees….

mjones13 April 11, 2017 at 11:52 pm

Watch out for melon bugs and tomato worms if you try to grow any type of fruit. They really ruin my garden when they show up.

Lindsey Thompson November 9, 2015 at 6:10 pm

So true. Eating healthy is so expensive. Growing them at home would be great.


astefanovic November 12, 2015 at 12:02 am

i wish i could grow my own fruits and veggies too i just dont have the time or patience and i think that you could get the same stuff from the market


tclift23 March 2, 2016 at 3:39 pm

You are right. Growing your own veggies could have a huge impact on your pocket book. You get exercise from working in the garden too!


pharvey March 4, 2016 at 5:38 pm

Isn’t that an interesting theory. We really are “what we eat”. It is much cheaper to grow your own produce and the benefits are worth the extra time and energy it takes to grow your own garden.


lmitchell April 4, 2016 at 8:21 pm

I agree growing our own food has so many benefits. Savings, health benefits with exercise and let’s don’t forget a good dose of Vitamin D we will receive by being out in the sunshine! It’s interesting to think about how much longer people lived years ago when gardens were grown and they were more active working the land and eating fresh from the garden.

Lcatlett November 8, 2017 at 11:32 pm

If I knew what I was doing with growing my own produce, I would definitely consider it. There would definitely be the cool factor of you growing your own food and I believe it would make it more appetizing. And it is kinda funny how ” we are what we eat” actually has some truth behind it!

vgibson April 4, 2016 at 12:10 pm

Amen! They are expensive at the store, but super cheap to grow!!


Ashleigh W. July 14, 2016 at 10:53 pm

I completely agree! I to think about how long people were living back then as oppose to now. Eating clean and fresh can add years to your life!

wslaughter February 14, 2017 at 1:13 pm

#TEAMORGANIC Growing ones own produce results in a healthier lifestyle and fresh delicious meals

dahlke11 April 4, 2016 at 8:14 pm

I do not have a green thumb either. It would be much healthier and cheaper, but I can never find the time to do things like that.


knichole April 7, 2016 at 6:27 pm

True, what we put in is what we get out of it. Not only in what we eat, but the effort we put into things. If we put no effort into growing our own food, we won’t get anything out of it.


Ashleigh W. July 14, 2016 at 6:14 pm

Oh yes! I agree. I wish we could go back in time where our ancestors grew and ate REAL food. This is a great video!


RSwaim July 19, 2016 at 2:01 pm

This is very true if we eat fast food all the time might turn into it.


Bsossamon July 20, 2016 at 11:49 am

I agree it would be better to grow your own organic fruits and veggies rather than buying them from the store


thicks July 21, 2016 at 9:10 pm

I completely agree! It’s more work, but it’s cheaper in the long run.


psimms July 22, 2016 at 4:28 pm

Not everyone has the ability to grow their own, whether it be location, illness, disabilities or anything else. It just takes a little bit of discipline to eat right and budget your money to do so.


wevans July 24, 2016 at 12:41 pm

Very true and realistic. Anyone serious about good health needs the information on how to make it work for them from where they are, and what they have to work with. It is a personal thing, no one size fits all.

kfendley July 27, 2016 at 9:01 pm

I totally agree that you “are what you eat,” however, the organic food is more costly and the junk food is cheaper. I think this says a lot about how our society has formed an unhealthy way of life.


rrink October 4, 2016 at 2:43 pm

I’m in the same boat! I tried so hard to grow my own herb garden, and I failed drastically! I’m no good when it comes to growing things.


sgerhardt October 7, 2016 at 8:16 pm

I agree. But being in nursing school I will put it in the category with everything else right now…the After I Graduate Category…It is something I would love to do though.


HHairston October 28, 2016 at 9:50 am

I wish I had the time and knowledge to grow my own fruits and veggies! This has been a dream of my mom, and my husband! Hopefully we can start this within the next couple of years!


trhoden November 1, 2016 at 11:20 pm

YES! I don’t have a green thumb at all. Every time I tried growing the little cup plants in school they always died! But if i could grow my own food i definitely would.


afriedl November 2, 2016 at 6:07 pm

I have always found it sad that eating healthy and organically is more expensive than the value menu at fast food restaurants!


RAPAPM November 5, 2016 at 11:27 am

I totally agree with you. you are what you eat. if you always eat fatting foods, youll always have weight and health problems.


koverton November 7, 2016 at 12:01 pm

My grandparents actually have their own garden that they spend so much time tending to. Luckily, they give me some of their fresh veggies if they had a surplus of crops. I agree that it is a lot cheaper and definitely more healthy.


vrogers November 9, 2016 at 4:38 pm

I would love to be able to grow my own vegetables.


csmart January 25, 2017 at 6:20 pm

Growing your own garden for fresh food would be great I agree but the time it would consume just does not work for my schedule. I spend a good amount of money on veggies and fruits and would love to be able to save it.


bbyers6771 February 4, 2017 at 5:04 am

It would most definitely be healthier because you know what your doing to you food.


BMcGriff1227 March 29, 2017 at 3:23 pm

Growing your own food is a great way to save money and stay healthy. I recently moved in to town and I decided to start a little garden and its awesome.


Jallinson90 April 6, 2017 at 5:06 pm

If I was what I ate, then I would have turned into a Skittle a long time ago. The saying is an eye-opener though. It’s very important to know what you’re putting into your body. Fortunately for me, I’ve got the area that I would need to try to grow some things, if I choose to, and then I would know exactly what I was getting. Plus, I’m sure that I would get more satisfaction, knowing that I made what I am eating.


eramsey4317 April 11, 2017 at 5:58 pm

I love gardening and wish I had the time to grow our own fruits and vegetables. Not only is it cheaper, but it tastes so much better when it is home grown!


Awood April 12, 2017 at 1:42 pm

I agree, home grown food tastes better. We have chickens for eggs and I try to keep it out of my mind where the eggs came from though because its gross to think about.


ANewman April 12, 2017 at 2:42 pm

Yep, if you want good results you have to put good food in.


KLaFlora July 15, 2017 at 12:37 pm

I agree we are what we eat. I also think we should be growing more of our own foods and controlling what we put in our bodies. I wish that our area had community gardens so that people who didn’t have as much time could contribute in some small way and still get the benefits of having homegrown foods.


Autumnd October 15, 2017 at 2:49 pm

Thatโ€™s scary to think about we are what we eat. I would be all candy.


khoward November 6, 2017 at 7:13 pm

Exactly! My mother used to say the exact thing. We are what we eat. Natural is always better. It is scary when you think about the preservatives we eat in the foods we buy at the grocery store.


Natalie Fusilier November 8, 2017 at 11:20 pm

This is very true! Your food intake determines your overall health.


KatelynOstrem November 29, 2017 at 11:06 pm

What about if someone cant afford expensive veggies.


GCHANG November 21, 2011 at 8:46 pm

We live out in the country and my parents are awesome farmers. We always have fresh fruits/veggies. It taste 10xs better than the grocery store products and its fresh which makes it more appetizing. Organic products are more expensive, but sometimes you have to spend a little more to get the healthier stuff. You can def tell the differnce in your body when your just eating processed food compared to healthy fresh greens. Eating healthier gives you more energy to get thru the day.


Csutherland April 5, 2015 at 10:03 pm

I see some of my friends grow there own vegetable and do taste so much better than store bought anything. its way better.


atolleson November 5, 2015 at 11:23 am

I always enjoy Helping my grandparents grow there own garden. I agree, The products out of your own garden taste so much better than the store bought items.

Ashleigh W. July 14, 2016 at 6:16 pm

It really does, I love having a fresh meal at home verses fast food. Our bodies really need fruits and veggies, I hope to be a vegan one day.


Ashleigh W. July 15, 2016 at 5:19 pm

We have a farmers market we go purchase our food at! Its great!


Dnicorici November 19, 2011 at 4:37 pm

There was some great information in this video, but i felt like it dragged on.


HHairston October 28, 2016 at 9:51 am

I agree, I wish it was more to the point. But I liked some of the facts he gave.


TMann November 19, 2011 at 3:54 pm

Great informative video. He really knows what he is talking about and a good educator. He always catches my attention. Fresh foods are expensive at the store but there are other means to get to them. My grandparents still grow a garden and they are in their mid-late 70s running around doing what ever they want. Eating the right foods for optimal health is proven through them for me.


aharrington April 8, 2015 at 7:54 pm

My grandparents are about the same age and do the same thing. I grew up on farm fresh foods. It tastes so much better to me than the foods in the grocery stores that are sprayed with whatever.


Ashleigh W. July 14, 2016 at 10:55 pm

Tell me about it! I literally scrub my veggies because I am so afraid of eating that wax stuff they put on the veggies.

TMann November 19, 2011 at 3:51 pm

Great informative video. He really knows what he is talking about and a good educator. Fresh foods are expensive at the store but there are other means to get to them. My grandparents still grow a garden and they are in their mid-late 70s running around doing what ever they want. Eating the right foods for optimal health is proven through them for me.


GilesCN November 15, 2011 at 10:53 am

Good info! I did not know that too much insulin could cause all of those medical problems and diseases. When you put foods that contain so much fat and calories in your body, you don’t get the results that you are looking for. It’s almost as if you are what you eat! I feel you should always make sure you eat plenty of fruits and vegetables!


LDorsey November 25, 2011 at 2:07 pm

I agree! Fruits and veggies are very important, just like whole grains! Too bad I cant make myself eat wheat bread instead of white. I gag at the taste of wheat bread lol


djennings2061 July 22, 2015 at 10:27 am

Fruits and veggies are great, i like to add alot of greens when i lean meat. and as for white bread, im glad i like it. if i couldn’t eat white bread then i feel as if my BLT wouldn’t be as good.

Ashleigh W. July 14, 2016 at 10:57 pm

I can not eat white bread, I think its to sweet, and has no benefit towards your health. Hopefully one day you will find a brand of wheat you enjoy, try different brands! Its really yummy when you pair it with eggs or lunchmeat.

lbabb March 31, 2015 at 11:10 am

I agree!! He did a great job explaining all of that. It’s scary to think about that we are what we eat. Fruits and vegetables are the way to go!


WhiteKD November 14, 2011 at 7:54 pm

Out of all the videos we’ve had to watch I can’t get enough of Dr. Hyman. I love how he breaks the information down to make you realize “I can do that”. GREAT Information!!!


GCHANG November 21, 2011 at 8:48 pm

Yea it gets boring when someone talks in big terms and makes it seem like they are smarter than you. Same with instructors if they talk like you are dumb then you obviously won’t understand their material, but if they take time to explain bits and pieces it gets easier to understand.


mswitzer April 18, 2015 at 4:28 pm

I like him as well. I do feel like I have learned reasonable information on how to eat clean.


cford November 14, 2011 at 9:47 am

Great information. I found that I had to rewind some of the video at times becuase he would loose me. Lots of information. Didnt want to miss anything. Me and my family to the farmers market every week. There is such a HUGE difference in the taste of the fresh fruites and veg there compared to those you would buy at the store.


WhiteKD November 14, 2011 at 7:57 pm

I haven’t lived here very long, but I will for sure look into information on the farmers market. I would perfer to give them my money for fresh fruits and veggies vs. Wal-Mart…….especially knowing how old the food is when it gets to the store.


daviste November 10, 2011 at 8:57 pm

I go to the farmer’s market during the summer, I don’t think it’s cheaper than the grocery store, but the fruit and vegetables are better tasting. I also love the old guys that sell peaches and stuff out of their trucks. They go pick bushels of fruit and there’s nothing better!!! In Miami, they have the old guys that sell avocados and plaintains…ummmmmm!!!


Bbates4 March 4, 2015 at 4:17 pm

I agree they are not usually cheaper but there is nothing than tree rip peaches picked that morning


JBoyett November 10, 2011 at 4:57 am

I think this seems to be common sense. Whole foods are better for you than processed junk. I know I would probably feel a lot better if I didn’t eat all the processed junk I eat.


aekwelle March 16, 2016 at 11:19 am

I feel the same way but they make them taste so AMAZING,so hard to but down but I am working on that.


Crump JD November 5, 2011 at 12:20 am

I buy organic fruits and vegetables always. I know they are more nutritious but they also taste much better as well. Every year I grow my own tomatoes and peppers and whatever else i feel like at the time. It’s very rewarding.


cford November 14, 2011 at 9:48 am

I agree!!! They do taste so much better!! I am big into planting my own fresh herbs and spices for cooking. You would be surprised how much suger and junk is even in your on the shelf spices.


ConnerC November 1, 2011 at 4:34 pm

We started planting our own garden two years ago and everyone in my family always wants fresh veggies from my garden it really makes you feel good when you know that you are giving healthy and safe food to your loved ones.


JBoyett November 10, 2011 at 4:58 am

I wish that I could do that! I love fresh garden veggies and it’s nice that you know how they were grown.


Koon KR October 26, 2011 at 6:27 pm

This guy really enjoys what he talks about you can tell by the look on his face. HAHA! I know many bad things go into my body and those bad things are so yummy to me. I eat many good things too though so maybe I aint doing to bad. I do see how the saying “you are what you eat” makes a lot of sence now.


cford November 14, 2011 at 9:50 am

I was thinking the same thing. This guys is passionate about health, which is a good thing. Yes, we are what we eat, but sometimes what is not so good for us is just too yummy to not have a little. All in moderation I say.


wallaceba October 26, 2011 at 6:13 pm

This video had a lot to say about not only the food we choose but also the way it was grown , the distance it was transported , the air and soil conditions where originated and so much more. I’m glad that he wasn’t against a vitamin supplements. Our foods and food-sources aren’t the same as in our grandparents day but with extra care we can make the best choices from what is available to us and what we can afford and supplement these choices to balance the lack.


Crump JD November 5, 2011 at 12:29 am

That’s why you should grow your own so you know exactly what you are eating. I don’t think supplements should take the place of good food.


mcunningham April 4, 2016 at 10:57 pm

I liked how he talked about that too. It makes so much sense of why our food isn’t like how our grandparents food was because we do so much to it and it’s grown in so many other places.


Gina Jones July 27, 2016 at 8:43 pm

Yes and normally we don’t think about those factors. My doctor told me that if I eat fruits and vegetables, I don’t need vitamin supplements. This would cause too many of them in the cells, which can be harmful. So because our food is not as “pure” as it was in the past, we should try to grow our own or purchase organic food.


Barber JN October 25, 2011 at 8:58 pm

It’s insanely scary how genetically altered and precessed our food is today. Chickens are given hormones so they grow larger and produce more meat and therefore, we ingest these hormones. I strongly believe that processed/genetically altered foods play a large part in the growth and development in our children. The sad part is…it is easier and cheaper to buy the processed crap than it is to buy whole, natural foods. Isn’t that ridiculous? I think it is.


Spencer KA October 25, 2011 at 12:40 pm

I love fruits and vegetables and especially when they are home grown. I will eat just about anything except hot peppers from my fathers garden. Everyone is complaining about the cost of food and saying fast food is cheaper, but I disagree. Yeah sure the cost of food has went up but I feel like going to the grocery store and buying food is not only better for you but you get more out of for less, but everyone else seems to think fast food is cheaper.


sbell July 6, 2015 at 4:39 pm

I agree, going to the grocery store is better than fast food and more nutritious. And if your can get home grown fruits and vegetables that’s even better. I also don’t think fast foods is cheaper nor is it as filling.


dtoennis October 24, 2011 at 10:20 am

Honestly, this guys drives me crazy! Good information. Carbs are good for you, because they provide our bodies energy. Nutrition is very important to healthy living. The adkins diet was the worst diet that came out with their “no carb” diet. As long as we don’t over consume we will be great.


eramsey4317 April 11, 2017 at 6:13 pm

Dr. Mark Hyman with the Cleveland Clinic has stated, “Our bodies require essential amino acids to build proteins and essentially fatty acids to function properly โ€“ yet there is no such thing as an โ€œessentialโ€ carbohydrate.”
Your statement about Atkins being a “no carb” diet is very misconstrued. To truly be on a no carbohydrate diet, one’s diet would only allow fats and meats. I follow a LOW carb diet (not necessarily Atkins). When choosing carbs, I choose healthy carbs such as fruits or vegetables. I avoid wheat and potatoes, but I still eat carbs. Just not a high amount. My doctor approves and encourages me to continue with it and I have had nothing but good benefits from it so far.


BLisenbey October 23, 2011 at 10:05 pm

I like this guy and his theory about carbs. I sure love carbs and Im glad to hear that they are actually so good for us according to him. He does specify he doesnt mean the straight suagary kind but fruits and veggies. either way its nice to know carbs are good.


dtoennis October 24, 2011 at 10:20 am

carbs provide our bodies with energy of course they are good.


reimershk October 18, 2011 at 9:05 am

I found it very interesting that he said he didn’t believe vitamin supplements were important…. IF… and then he listed so many different things! It reminds me a little bit of a book I read in junior high called the City of Ember. The people were living underground (although they didn’t know it) and had to take many vitamins because they wouldn’t get essential nutrition otherwise.


Ashley July 25, 2016 at 12:35 am

I have always been curious about supplements as well.


Jerrica Ballance April 5, 2011 at 12:44 am

Carbohydrates provide energy and are very beneficial. There are good carbs and bad carbs. Fresh fruits and vegetables make for a healthy body and mind. If you eat healthy food you feel better and your body functions at it’s best. I love that saying “you are what you eat”.


Barber JN October 25, 2011 at 9:02 pm

I agree with the “you are what you eat” saying. If only everyone kept that in mind when they stopped at McDonald’s EVERY MORNING for that bacon, egg, and cheese biscuit and large DIET coke. LOL!!! On the other hand, if “you are what you eat” then I am a giant bottle of wine. ๐Ÿ™‚


R-E March 15, 2011 at 10:15 pm

I agree too, you want junk out put good foods in. I know all of these it is just hard to abide by them when we have so many fast foods on each corner of our house



R-E March 15, 2011 at 10:14 pm

I totally agree with this video, I do and have always believed that if you eat fresh and whole foods it is better for you than some frozen veggies or can veggies. I just wished that I could abide by this video so I could eat healthier



S-G March 12, 2011 at 10:29 pm

I love the tips on this video. A whole healthy body=whole healthy food, there is no such thing as junk-food, there is food and there is junk. 1. eat food, 2. not too much. 3. mostly plants. These gave me a whole new way of looking at how I eat. s-g


reimershk October 18, 2011 at 9:01 am

I liked those tips, too. I knew food could be kind of like medicine, but I’ve never heard a doctor consider food to be medicine. Very interesting!


Weatherford LM November 21, 2011 at 9:48 pm

I agree! I find it hard though to eat fruits and veggies all the time; I either buy way to many and can not consume them all before they spoil or I buy them to soon and have to wait for them to ripen up! Maybe I need a one on one lesson on shopping! Since I know I could never grow them ha ha


SheDM March 11, 2011 at 12:50 pm

Carbohydrates are the most important foods, but not just any carohydrate, but the ones found in plant foods. The foundation of our diets should be fruits, vegetables, beans, nuts, seeds, and whole grains. These foods contain all the vitamins and minerals we need, and they help keep us balanced by slowing down the absorption of sugars and fats.


dee anne kulis November 28, 2011 at 2:00 am

We definitely need to eat more veggies, especially raw ones! We are what we eat. Healthy eating brings on healthy health!


R-D March 8, 2011 at 8:08 pm

Purchasing groceries is one of my least favorite things to do, especially since the price of food has increased so much lately. another reason I hate buying groceries is my family is so picky about what they will eat; its like I have to plan individual meals for the 5 individauls in my house. What a pain!! I wish my family liked vegetables more—if they did, I would plant a garden every year, and save a lot more money at the grocery store.


BLisenbey October 23, 2011 at 10:08 pm

So true. prices in the grocery stores keep going up while the econonmy goes down. it would be way easier to eat healthier if the good stuff was cheap like the bad stuff you shouldnt be eating.


SJ March 8, 2011 at 1:15 pm

Where do you find locally grown food? I know the river market has it but where around here close do you find it? I don’t have time for a garden of my own. It takes so much work to make sure what your consuming is truly healthy. It’s hard to stay away from processed foods throughout your daily hectic routine. It’s impossible to eat well enough not to need vitamins.
Green Tea contains anti-inflammatorys…wow!! I had no idea.


Jerrica Ballance April 5, 2011 at 12:46 am

I think during the growing season farmers sell fresh food at local areas where you stay. I know in malvern they do. As for the winter time i guess you would have to buy from the grocery store.


sparrish March 16, 2016 at 11:13 pm

Really enjoyed this video and plan to go to Dr. Mark Hyman, MD ‘s blog site at I especially liked it when he said, ” most doctors are nutritionally illiterate” ! I would also include most dieticians…. He made some really good points and was very specific about what we need in our diet. Great Video and Great Information! I go to a health food store and you can also purchase supplements and food items online.


J-W March 7, 2011 at 3:30 pm

I didn’t know vegetables helped us with aging and brain problems!
Maybe this is why I look older than I am? I hate vegetables!


R-D March 8, 2011 at 8:08 pm

I wasn’t aware of that either. Maybe I could use that as an incentive for my family to eat more vegies.


S-D-M March 7, 2011 at 12:12 am

Honestly, it is cheeper for my husband and I to just eat out every night. When we go to the grocery store it is anywhere from fifteen to twenty dolloers for a meal when we can go to subway and spend about eight to ten dollors. The cost of food has gone up so it is harder to keep food around the house.


C-S March 3, 2011 at 1:08 pm

I raise a garden every year, that helps with the buying local. It is true that the best medicine is food. And most doctors have no clue about food, and vitamins,and minerals….. They do not understand all the biology about food!
I have started eating more carbs and i have lost weight!


GCHANG November 21, 2011 at 8:51 pm

produce from your own garden is always rewarding and taste better.


E-A March 2, 2011 at 11:48 pm

The old saying “you are what you eat” nailed everything this guy said in the video.I guess if we take good care of our bodies we may leave a longer,and more fruitful life.But tell me,how can one eat healthy in a society that believes in food additives and almost nothing natural????? The very little natural foods that are available are over priced and expensive…i think i will just settle to growing my own crops.Atleast i know they will be healthy!!!!!!!!!!


J-W March 7, 2011 at 3:32 pm

That is what I was going to suggest. Many people grow their own vegetables and fruits for this reason. Luckily, I have a home grown food market about 10 miles away from my house! Delicious! The taste is so much different than the food bought stuff


SJ March 8, 2011 at 1:16 pm

My thoughts exactly…if we only had time, right?


SRS March 1, 2011 at 10:04 pm

I think our society has become way to overweight and unhealty! I know that what we put in our bodies is what we will get out of it either good or bad nutrition. Most people are so busy that eating on the go is much simplier. I have learned that since I have been with my personal trainer that cooking at home can be pretty simple and much more healthy for my body. I take a multivitamin that is also designed for hot flases and then she has us take vitamin c 500 mg. Since being in this class and learning about the vitamins and nutrition I have gained alot of knowledge that will stay with me forever. I am truely grateful ๐Ÿ™‚


devans March 19, 2015 at 9:36 am

Me too. This class has helped to motivate me.


K-H March 1, 2011 at 1:34 pm

The better foods we eat, the better we will feel. Healthy eating habits can help us physically, intellectually, and psychologically. Unprocessed foods are so much better for us. My husband and I try to grow a garden every year. When the deer don’t dont eat up our plants, we enjoy all sorts of fresh vegetables. Store bought produce does not even compare to the veggies we can grow. It is a lot of hard work, but well worth it in the end.


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Holly Bean December 3, 2010 at 5:18 pm

I agree that the unprocessed foods are much better, but they are so much more expensive. In the summer my parents and grandparents have gardens. The vegs are so much better then anything you can get from a store. But when your only opion is to buy it from the store it is hard to choose the things that are really good for you because they are more expensive then everything else. We you live on a budget it is hard to buy the unprocessed foods.


vcanea November 26, 2011 at 8:34 pm

It’s true that is hard to eat unprocessed foods when you are on a budget, but beeing healthy defenetly pays off in the long run.


Laken Teague December 3, 2010 at 2:09 pm

Putting into your body is what you get out of it is very true. I love to eat fruit and i only like vegetables cooked. I love to eat steak but I really am not a big fan of hamburger meat. Also Cabrohydrates I eat tons of them. I know now that there are good a bad ones. I need to keep in mind when eating that what u put in is what you get out.


atoney February 14, 2017 at 8:01 pm

Unfortunately the bad carbohydrates seem to taste the best. I know what you mean about not always consuming the “good” carbs.


Taylor Beard December 2, 2010 at 3:37 pm

This video summaries what we’ve studied all semester–we are what we eat. The more “real food” we consume, the better our bodies will respond physically, mentally, and emotionally.

We need to consume more “real foods” such as fresh vegetables, whole grains, nuts, fruits and eat less “processed” foods.

We need to live by the 3 principles mention: 1) eat foods; 2) but not too much; and 3) eat mostly plant foods.

By eating the right foods and maintaining our basic nutrients, we can feel better, decrease mood swings, improve our mental sharpness, maintain proper body weight, and decrease our chances of developing chronic illness.


Lindsey E December 1, 2010 at 1:26 pm

I eat alot of carbohydrates, just not all the good ones. I never have thought of a carbohydrate being good for you. Now that I know the good carbohydrates are I will start eating better. I love meat, we raise our own beef, so there is no of that extra stuff added to it and the grease it produces when you cook it has been reduced by over half of the store bought stuff.


Taylor Beard December 2, 2010 at 3:38 pm

I’m like you. I thought carbohydrates were bad for us. Now, I know that eating the right kinds of carbs are okay.


daviste November 10, 2011 at 8:50 pm

Thats awesome!! My dad was really sick for a long time and the doctor actually told him he should raise his own cattle and start growing a garden!!


Salvador V. November 30, 2010 at 4:03 pm

This made me realize I need more real whole fresh food! I take my vitamins though, I just need more time to prepare my own food instead of going to a fast food place.


Krysten A November 29, 2010 at 11:25 pm

it’s just so much easier to go to mcdonald’s to buy dinner than cook it ourselves, but when you try and buy healthy foods…they are so much more expensive than the unhealthy ones.


Lindsey E December 1, 2010 at 1:27 pm

Its way easier to go to MCdonalds or any other fast food. I used to think that it was alot cheaper to do this too until I started making my lunches to take to work and snack foods. It is really much cheaper to buy your groceries.


Tyler B October 28, 2010 at 12:04 pm

Wow this guy is very passoinite about carbohydrates and real food, I dont think he took a breath at all, but i totally agree with him in his view I beleive vitamins are a waste of money everything is so manipulated and tamperd with that we all need to get back to the basics and make a change.


D Beard October 19, 2010 at 2:30 pm

I do agree “we are what we eat”. It seems that all the good processed foods are cheaper than the organic fresh fruits and vegatables. To me if it reads organic it screams expensive. My grandmother pays fruit and vegatables out the discount section she claims if you plan on eating them soon it nothing wrong with them.


ConnerC November 1, 2011 at 4:32 pm

i totally agree organic in my book says to much money so instead i just planted my own garden and i love the food i planted. and it cost so much less just growing it yourself. But at the same time i would not have been able to do it and take care of it if it were not for my husband and daughter they really helped take care of it.


Lacey H. October 17, 2010 at 6:06 pm

Whats crazy is that he said that carbohydrates are good for us believe it or not but you just have to know which ones are the best choices for you. Like he said back in the day when our grandparents made dinners most of the foods came from gardens and our regular farm animals such as chicken eggs. I would love to grow my favorite veggies or fruits but right now I live in an apartment so maybe when I get a house I will try.


Salvador V. November 30, 2010 at 4:05 pm

Agreed. Growing my own garden would be alot less expensive.


DNicorici November 19, 2011 at 4:35 pm

I too would love to have my own garden! I hope I follow through with this dream when I have my own home.


vera, A October 17, 2010 at 4:36 pm

i think it’s just so hard to find naturally grown foods out there in the grocery stores.its either they have been grown with a fertilizers or anti biotics have been of these chemicals used may make the food look fresh but i really dont think it is healthy.


Debora M October 15, 2010 at 11:21 am

I had a garden this spring and summer and enjoyed getting out in it and working in it, it was quite the work out. I now have fresh green beans I canned. I put up squash, zucchini and peppers in my freezer. I also have blueberries, blackberries and muscadines. I am trying to eat healthier. Food, especially fresh veggies is so expensive and when you are trying to eat healthy it makes it hard.


Glen L October 13, 2010 at 11:07 pm

I agree with the vedio that food cost more these days and getting them to stay fresh along time can be a pain. I myself have my own garden and i enjoy spending time in it. I get excersise from messing with it and i get healthy foods. I know some people can’t grow huge gardens like others but all you need is a little area with decent soil and you can grow some healthy foods. I think people sould check into it.


Marcie G October 13, 2010 at 8:13 pm

Good tips. The fruits are the best for you. when you eat what you want sometimes it can be bad for you but, it can also be good for you. Econmic this day and time are hard to get the fresh food you need unless, you grow them yourself.


wallaceba October 26, 2011 at 6:06 pm

I like fruits too but it is high especially when it isn’t in season. The economic aspect can be hard on any family. I am fortunate to have a garden every year and knowing how to can and freeze what we grow. Thanks Mom and Dad! It can be time consuming to grow and prepare your own food but according to this man it is well worth it.


devin r October 12, 2010 at 10:09 pm

Towards the end of the clip when he describes the perfect foods, then explains the way foods are grown/ raised/ processed/ and eaten today is my favorite part. I knew I would eat healthier if the healthier foods could be less expensive and last longer! I bet people would quit drinking energy drinks if they had any idea of how big of a role nutrition plays in the body/ how you feel.


Ashley M October 12, 2010 at 4:05 pm

Every aspect of the choices we make affect our bodys, our life, and our future. What we put into our bodys is exactly what we get out. I have to agree that the most powerful medicine in the world is food because it determines us physically, mentally, and our life.

I do believe that earthy, unprocessed foods are best for us. I love me some vegatables and fruits.They are the absoulte best coming out of my daddy’s garden. His famous strawberrys make my mouth water. But due to the fast pace world that we live in its hard to actually keep a full garden maintained or even take the time to cook a healthy meal. Food manufactures are making it more convient for us though. But being a vegan is NEVER going to happen for me. Me and my family live off meat. Going without it for even a week/two gives me withdrawels.

It is amazing to me that it cost less to eat unhealthy and cost more to eat healthy? Thats an oxymorone in its self. Our economy is declining which makes our finacial state not at its best. Which decreases healthy eating which increases being overweight and obesity. From now on Im going to try to balance my eating habits with unproccessed whole grain, oats, vegatables, and fruits. In the end, you are the person responsible for what you have become.


wvandiver October 29, 2015 at 10:20 pm

Not putting expensive chemicals or adding expensive hormones drives prices up on vegetables and meat. Not only are we what we eat, most of us cannot afford to eat healthy, organically grown foods–which may or may not be truly organically grown. Unfortunately, millions of us do not have spreads of land to have animals to graze on good grass full of nutrients. Not many of us have a piece of land to grown our own veggies, much less room for an orchard or two or three. The simple ways may be best, but they are unattainable for the majority of us.


Ashleigh W. July 15, 2016 at 5:20 pm

I agree!


Madge C October 11, 2010 at 10:00 pm

I agree that raw unprocess foods are the best for us but due to economic situations this is for the most part hard to obtain because food manufactures have made it more afordable to obtain these products through mass (canned) production.

Eat food not too much and get it from the earth. I wish…..but I am trying more and more each day to get back to the esentials because these videos are so very motivating. But then again the cost is a factor. Therefore the limits of what can be obtained are limmited to localy seasonal items and their availability.

Basic multi vitamines are very important. You need to look at the labels and take intop account your age as well as you gender in making the right choices. I counsulted with my pharamicist and he helped me in planing out what my needs were and I can tell a difference in just the last 2 weeks. So I know for a fact what he said here was for sure true!


admin October 12, 2010 at 7:20 am

Last week at the grocery store, I met an 80 yo woman checking her fresh produce at least 8 good size bags of fruits, vegetables. They were bagged with special tag. The checker was calling out the prices 59 cents, 69 cents. I commented she is getting good prices and if she is eating all that fruits, and vegetables she is eating very healthy. She replied she is making apple sauce, and pickling the cabbage and she is buying the produce for the poor and not ashamed of it.

I admired her attitude. We all could use this idea to stretch the dollar. Although I wonder how old the produce were and how much nutrient loss through time and storage.


Madge C October 14, 2010 at 5:35 pm

Yes it is awesome that she would do that. But then again she is “old school” and probably is not up so much on the relevant nutrition information. I am sure that in her day that as long as it was fresh then it was the best. Which is still essentially true today, but there is a so called shelf life to everything ๐Ÿ™‚

acgill March 19, 2016 at 12:54 pm

That is amazing! She is taking care of herself and others as well. Older people are such a wealth of knowledge about how to stretch a dollar and use resources wisely. I hope she has passed this knowledge down to the younger generations of her family.

Lauren D October 11, 2010 at 4:22 pm

I like this guy. I don’t think he took a breath at all within that 8 minutes but atleast he knew what he was talking about. I guess the old saying holds true that , “we are what we eat.” One more video could probably convince me to become a vegetarian. I don’t think eating just veggies would be that bad. Now I know what I’m going to tell my son when he does not want to eat his brocoli; they protect against toxins, you better eat them up. Ha Ha, but atleast it’s something new.


Spencer KA October 25, 2011 at 12:34 pm

HAHA. I don’t think he took a breath either, but you’re right at least he did know what he was talking about.


Koon KR October 26, 2011 at 6:23 pm

I agree on this guy not taking a breath haha. I don’t think I can change to a vegetarian even though I now know what is happening to my body. I do eat many veggies though so maybe I will be okay; hopefully.


Hamilton SJ November 26, 2011 at 11:46 am

LOL he knew his stuff! I could never be a vegetarian either… but it does make me think!

HillM November 22, 2011 at 11:06 am

I agree my son will follow the leader on nutrition id he thinks that it will make him stronger and more fit. I know what to tell him now too!


Aflores1965 November 11, 2016 at 11:03 pm

LOL I was thinking the same thing! I was like dang man breath!


Terrie H October 11, 2010 at 3:26 pm

I agree 100% that what you put in your body is what you get from it. I love my veggies and fruit. I eat meat when I have to. I buy local produce when i can. But the cost is so insanely high that it is hard to eat well all the time.
Carbs, real whole foods like veg, fruits, oats, nuts and others. All my favorites.
This year I have grown my own peppers, tomatoes and leaf lettuce in pot. You should give it a try. Even in pot on a patio.


Lauren D October 11, 2010 at 4:30 pm

Got any tips on growing fruits and vegetables? I definitely do not have a green thumb but I’m going to try next spring and I agree about the price of food. I wonder with the recommended amounts, how much it would cost for us in a day? Probably more than what I spend. A gallon of milk is pretty much the same price as a pack of cigarettes, now what kind of message is that?


Madge C October 11, 2010 at 9:48 pm

Cost is definately a problem in todays society….but then factor in the cost and the toll of what is happening to our bodies over time because of the foods we are putting into them. Scary any way you look at it…ha


vera, A October 17, 2010 at 4:32 pm

yes i strongly agree with the fact that cost has a lot to do with wheather one eats healthy or not.almost all the unhealthy low grade foods in the shop are unhealthy.

J-H March 4, 2011 at 2:17 pm

It is very costly to buy some of the more healthier foods that you need to stay healthy why is that?

GilesCN November 15, 2011 at 10:54 am

I agree it is very much so what we eat and put into our bodies! Cost may be a problem but it is not always the problem!

TMann November 19, 2011 at 3:35 pm

I also agree. It is scary what we eat sometimes because it fits in our lives. In the long run the cost will be more if health problems occur but also its either eat what you can afford or don’t eat at all. Sad situation but reality

Cd caradine November 26, 2011 at 11:12 am

I need to start eating more fruits and vegetables. The saying is right you are what you eat.


Cbarrett April 21, 2015 at 6:11 pm

It is a scary thought but true

mandax April 22, 2015 at 1:20 pm

So true! It’s unfortunate though. Every now and then I enjoy eating unhealthy.

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