Dr. Bill Sears became convinced of the importance of good nutrition, not during medical school, but when parents at his pediatrics office began asking him questions about what their kids should eat. Often Dr. Bill didn’t have the answers so he took the advice of his mentor who told him to “surround yourself with informed parents and have the wisdom to listen to them.” After Bill started paying attention, he began to really notice the importance of good nutrition. The healthiest children in his practice were the healthiest because they ate healthy foods. These kids were sick less, had fewer discipline problems, and achieved more in school. They not only had healthier bodies, they had healthier minds.
The importance of good nutrition became personal to Dr. Bill and his family when he was diagnosed with colon cancer in 1997. While laying in the hospital bed after surgery, Dr. Bill wondered what went wrong. He was a reasonably fit guy, ate fairly well, and didn’t overindulge in unhealthy things. As he reflected on his life, he realized that one of his problems was that he began to care about taking care of his body a little too late in life. He didn’t start making healthy Lifestyle, Exercise, Attitude and Nutrition (L.E.A.N) choices until his fifties and was now reaping the consequences. After realizing that colon cancer, and all major diseases, are influenced by diet, Dr. Bill was determined not to allow the problem to repeat itself and began researching the connection between diet and health.
Since that time, Dr. Bill has made it his life’s goal to help others understand the importance of nutrition. People can avoid diseases, have better behaved children, and experience more energy and better memory all through the nutrition choices they make. Here are six simple steps you need to take to improve your own nutrition and feed your family well.
- Start now. Don’t wait until a medical crisis, such as cancer, diabetes, or a heart attack forces you to really understand the importance of nutrition. You don’t have to almost die to keep yourself from dying prematurely.
- Be passionate. Have you ever believed in a cause so much that is consumes every free moment? Believe in your body and your need to feed it right.
- Know your nutrition. The more you know about the importance of nutrition, the better the good food will taste. Increasing your knowledge on the importance of good nutrition will make healthy foods more appealing to you, not only because of the taste but also because of their nutritional content. It’s fun to eat when you truly understand what you’re putting into your body.
- Change your mind-set about food. Think of food as medicine – the best preventative pill you’ll ever swallow, and a tasty one at that. “Health foods” are not about self-denial but rather about the promise of enjoying good health.
- Shape young tastes. The first three years of a child’s life are the best opportunity to instill lifelong eating patterns. The food you serve and the habits you promote become your child’s nutritional norms.
- Model the importance of good nutrition to your children. Since you teach mostly by example, you have to evaluate and change your own eating habits before you can shape your children’s.