Ideally, the bulk of human food intake should be from whole food sources (unprocessed, unadulterated, natural), with only a small percentage of food products (processed, refined, boxed, bottled, canned, packaged, and powdered). Whole foods provide your body with essential nutrients and avoid harmful additives.

There are two kinds of sugar: complex and simple. Complex sugar comes from whole grains, beans, vegetables, and fruit, and gives enduring energy. Conversely, simple sugar offers quick, fleeting energy. Blood sugar highs and lows create hormonal and chemical stress that predisposes to inflammation, mood swings, compromised immunity, strong sugar or salt cravings, and fatigue. 

The modern diet is high in animal protein, fats, and chemicalized food. Excesses of these foods also leads to inflammation, which plays a role in atherosclerosis. Excessive saturated fats and trans-fats also stimulate atherosclerosis. Of particular concern are processed meats, which are typically manufactured with sodium nitrite, a carcinogen.

Our body is designed to consume a predominantly plant-based, whole foods diet occasionally enhanced with small quantities of animal protein. Contrary to what most people believe, an adult’s daily protein requirement is not very high. By consuming a variety of quality vegetable proteins, one can easily meet their daily requirements.

Before you radically leap into a global diet change, you can make incremental healthy choices by exchanging some of your customary foods for healthier options. Making healthier choices should be based on education, common sense, and self-experimentation. When you take control and do the work, you will benefit.



Verne Varona has become an international renowned keynote speaker with a captivating style that uses humor, insight, and practical science to improve and enrich the lives of many. He studied traditional Chinese medicine and nutrition at the East West Foundation of Boston, Massachusetts. With a physician associate, Verne co-created The ODDS Program (Off Dangerous Drugs Safely); a dietary program designed to reverse pharmaceutical drug dependency. He is the author of Nature's Cancer-Fighting Foods. Verne's second book, Macrobiotics for Dummies, belongs to the internationally popular Dummies series and is a comprehensive work that embraces a flexible, multi-cultural health perspective on body, mind, and spirit.