Health & Fitness

By Kendria Smith

Congratulations! You’re cutting calories left and right, looking great in new workout gear, and you’re a step class closer towards your fitness goal. But this year, don’t just turn over a new leaf to better health. Eat it!

To ring in the New Year, the Wellness Club at Whole Foods Tribeca partnered with acclaimed physician and best-selling author of Eat To Live, Joel Fuhrman, M.D. to host Choices Count – an evening of lectures and easy-to-follow cooking demonstrations promoting healthy, and lifelong eating habits. Dr. Fuhram was also accompanied by a number of health specialists from the Wellness Club team, along with fellow Nutritarian, Adam Fiterstein M.D.

With almost 200 attendees and three hours packed with insightful information, there was a lot to digest. So here’s a cheat sheet to improving how you eat!

Food for Thought
There is a lot of truth to the adage, “You are what you eat.” Unfortunately, the standard Western diet we indulge in–rife with processed foods and saturated fat, is increasingly failing us. Dr. Fuhrman emphasized that we can’t just wait to feel like eating the right food. We have to start retraining our palates now. Although we think we naturally crave large portions and fatty foods, the more we eat portion-controlled, healthy meals, the more we’ll start to desire them. Our diet is the key to weight-loss, longer life, and decreasing the risk and progression of illness such as heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. “Genetics is not the major controller of our life span,” says Dr. Fuhrman. “It’s our food choices that gives us control.”

Chew on This
During a cooking demonstration, Wellness Club Educator Holly Shelowitz explained that we should be eating plant-strong, whole foods. This diet consists of foods that are unprocessed and unrefined, such as leafy greens, avocado, fruits, beans, nuts, and grains. “GOMBBS“, a mnemonic device created by Dr. Fuhrman, stands for the super foods–greens, onions, mushrooms, beans, berries, and seeds. They have been recently proven to enhance the body’s immune system to give us maximum protection against cancer. And when it comes to weight-loss, Dr. Fuhrman confirmed that eating low-calorie whole foods rich in nutrients also suppresses the appetite, so we’ll eat fewer calories because our body desires less.

Get with the Program
Navigating the aisles for healthy food options can be overwhelming, especially if you’re not quite sure what to look for. Fortunately, with a wide variety of cooking and nutrition classes, communal dining events, and well-seasoned staff, which includes Dr. Fuhrman’s weekly health consultations, the Wellness Club creates a community to provide education and support for the health conscious. The membership is affordable and classes are also offered to non-members at an additional price.

Take a fresh look at fitness this year. The key to becoming healthy and whole for life is much more than a rigorous workout routine–it starts in your stomach.

Whole Foods Tribeca Wellness Club
270 Greenwich Street
http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/wellnessclub/stores/tribeca/
212.349.6555 x231

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