Not your opinion. But what, in reality, just is. For example, weather is neither good nor bad. It just is. That doesn't mean it can't be destructive and that you would prefer it in a different form. And yet, there are countless people that place a value judgment on it or falsely believe it shouldn't be the case. For example, It's not supposed to rain on my birthday! I think you'll agree that supposed to has nothing to do with it! Part of our vernacular is to say, It is what it is. Unfortunately, this phrase is often improperly used to describe a situation that a person is defeated by and doesn't like, not one they're accepting for its reality. After-hours care is performed by rotating physicians who often have no detailed information about the patient. Home care is limited, and to see a specialist or get imaging or laboratory tests, patients must travel to one of the major hospitals because there are few community-based specialists. This can work for acute, one-off problems but not for chronic conditions. Some efforts are being made to solicit patients' experiences and make the system more responsive. For instance, the RHAs have patient ombudsmen, all hospitals are required to have patient boards, and there are patient experience surveys. But these efforts are only the first steps in creating a patient-centered system. A 5th challenge is quality. In general, Norway provides high-quality care, but the quality data that the system collects is not integral to operations and payment. The Directorate of Health in the Ministry of Health and Care Services collects quality data on hospital infections, survival rates for various conditions, waiting times, and related data. Unfortunately, as one official in the Directorate of Health said, Not even results from the best registries are used to follow up patients or to routinely monitor and improve quality.
But my biggest interest is in whether the microbiome plays a major role in aging. From what we have seen, the microbiome does not change significantly in aging adults unless they are in hospitals or institutions or they are getting antibiotics, but that doesn't mean that there aren't individual differences between balanced and imbalanced microbiomes. The microbiome in the gut seems to benefit from the live bacteria cultures in yogurt and fermented vegetables such as sauerkraut. It appears not to favor antibiotics, laxatives, artificial sweeteners, processed food, or a sedentary lifestyle. Eat for Optimal Health, Not to Lose Weight Of all the popular diets that have been in fashion over the years, the only one that was based on a clinical study with interventions and a control group and that has proved to increase health span and life span in humans is the Mediterranean diet. In PREDIMED, a long-term study conducted in Spain, 7,500 men and women who were slightly overweight and at risk for diabetes and heart disease were randomly divided into two groups and studied for five years. One group ate the low-fat diet that was being recommended in the West when the study began, and the other group ate a high-fat Mediterranean diet that was supplemented with either almonds or olive oil. Although many doctors said that olive oil was extremely unhealthy because it was high in calories and a mix of saturated and unsaturated fats, the people in the study who consumed the olive oil had the best results, just slightly better than those who supplemented their diet with almonds. Compared with the group that ate the low-fat diet, those who ate the Mediterranean diet had a third less diabetes, heart disease, and stroke, and they had less cognitive decline. Later on, having seen the bigger picture, the kids declared that they wanted to help again in the future. In contrast, people who are materialistic rarely take the opportunity to think about or serve people around them. When researchers from the University of Missouri and University of California, Davis asked more materialistic people what they would do with $20,000, they said they would donate less than half as much to charity as less materialistic people. Perhaps not surprisingly, materialistic people are also less likely to do volunteer work. In general, materialistic people are more likely to treat people as a means to an end rather than individuals. As the character Granny Weatherwax says in fantasy author Terry Pratchett's article Carpe Jugulum, Sin, young man, is when you treat people like things. Being materialistic results in acting in ways that are opposed to working collaboratively to benefit society, particularly those who are less privileged. Even folks who aren't inherently materialistic fall prey to this self-focus if their materialism is triggered. In one study by researchers from the University of Chicago and Cornell University, they asked one group to think of a material purchase, another to think of an experiential purchase, and a control group to think of something unrelated. Participants then played a game where they decided how much money to keep and how much to give away.
While it is true that some foods will work well for your body and some won't, it's not true that the answer is found in the articles of a prescriptive diet article. For a more peaceful and empowered life, in fact, I would like to have you promise me that you will stop reading diet articles once and for all. Clear your mind from the confusion of conflicting theories, and when you see an alarming headline du jour, you will have the power to IGNORE IT. Are you ready to say goodbye to diet brain forever and take back your power once and for all? Let's learn about food! There is NO one-size-fits-all diet plan that works for each of us. Your friend may have had amazing results following the latest high-fat keto diet plan, but when you tried it, you felt worse and worse over time . In fact, you felt your best (and were your leanest! Is there science that explains why this might be true? I'm glad you asked! The truth of the phrase speaks to accepting what is because we cannot do anything about it. Ironically, accepting what is then frees us to focus on what we can do. For example, Nara feared making mistakes on papers, tests, and in life. Prior to treatment, she practiced the false belief that she could avoid all mistakes, which only led to ever-increasing anxiety. This did not change until she chose to accept what is. The fact was that no matter how hard she tried to avoid them, errors would occur from time to time. Her acceptance of this reality finally allowed her to focus on learning. Practice identifying other people's false beliefs as training and inspiration for identifying yours. Consider the conflicts of people familiar to you. What problems do they have?
Relatedly, many Norwegian health policy experts worry that there is a great deal of wasted, unnecessary, and inefficiently delivered care. Quality payments affect less than 1% of hospital payments. Although waiting times are publicly available, other quality data, such as about physician performance, are not. For instance, data on ensuring that people with diabetes have their blood glucose, blood pressure, and lipids under control is not collected or disseminated to physicians or the public. Similarly, quality and waste data related to the frequency of ER visits and hospital admissions for patients undergoing chemotherapy or with diabetes or other chronic conditions are not routinely assessed or given back to physicians with comparisons to other practitioners. The Minister of Health and Care Services has urged the RHAs and hospitals to reduce unnecessary care. Quality data to inform patients which GPs are high performers are not available, nor are data used for bonuses or to modify capitation or fee-for-service payments to GPs. Finally, some key services are not well integrated into the system. That dental and vision care for adults are paid 100% out of pocket seems outdated. More importantly, Norway does not seem well positioned regarding long-term care. As a bonus, they also lost some weight. Keep in mind that results like these are rarely attributed to a single factor or a single food. The Mediterranean diet includes a wide variety of vegetables and fruits, whole grains and legumes, small amounts of fish and poultry, and very little red meat. But the olive oil did appear to be the most significant element in the study results. People in Spain, Greece, and Italy, on average, consume more than three gallons of extra-virgin olive oil a year, compared with people in the United States, who average about a quart a year. So people in the Mediterranean are getting twelve times more of this liquid gold than Americans. ALL OLIVE OIL IS NOT ALIKE Olive oil's antioxidant polyphenols have a direct effect on blood vessels and genes, and they feed the good gut bacteria and produce fatty acids that lower inflammation. In the PREDIMED study, only the extra-virgin olive oil delivered health benefits. Olive oils that were not extra-virgin did not appear to produce any benefits.
The group that thought about material purchases was the least generous of the three, while the group that thought about experiential purchases was the most generous. Even if it's by choice, not buying stuff when you want to can make you feel like you're missing out. It's easy for middle- and upper-class people to feel entitled to the things they have rather than appreciative of them. Finding ways to increase your gratitude can reverse that perception. Being grateful is the opposite of being materialistic. Seeing things through a lens of abundance rather than scarcity helps us embrace what we have instead of being frustrated by what we don't. It also helps build emotional and mental connections to the people and community associated with the good things in our lives. To shift his view, Dannemiller did what psychologist Martin Seligman calls an appreciation audit. It's simply writing down three things you're grateful for every day. In a number of studies with children and adults alike, this simple exercise or ones like it result in being happier, more satisfied, and more likely to be kind to others. Once you learn what I am going to share with you here in this article, you will be cured of diet brain forever. The answer lies in the concept of bio-individuality. When I sat down to write my second article, Feast Without Fear, in 2017, I had been living an intermittent fasting lifestyle for over three years, and I had been at my goal weight for over two years. I felt like I had it all figured out when it came to weight loss and weight maintenance; IF was the answer. Still, though, there was a reoccurring problem within our online IF support community; Even though we were all IFers, many of us were still plagued by diet brain. So, I decided to figure it out. I would comb the scientific literature, read all the dietary theories, and write a article to share what I learned with the IF community. Once and for all, I would make sense of all the conflicting dietary information and figure out the best way to eat.