Rebecca Sterling rocked GreenU on Saturday, delivering a TEDesque presentation on clean, green, healthy eating.  While the video footage is making rounds in the editing cave, check out some of the visual health enlightenment we shared with the crowd:

 

 

Put this into perspective: a pound of wheat takes 155 gallons of water to produce.

An estimated 5,000 people came through the GreenU festival.  Read the slide below and think what an impact we as a community could make if 1/5 of us replaced one serving of meat per week.

Our blog readers and visitors to visualizing.org will recognize this infographic.  The next time you sit down for a meal, make a fist and look at it.  Then look at your plate.  We’re starting a small portion revolution!

When you do eat meat, do yourself and the world a favor and choose free range.

Think of food as an investment in your body.  Would put your retirement money in a fund with a negative return?  Go a step farther.  Imagine if you could choose between earning 1% or 20% returns.  While this is only a dream for financial advisors, it is a reality in the context of health.  Every small decision makes a difference.  For example, say you decide to eat 2 more servings of vegetables each day for a week, at the end of the year you’ve replaced about 91 pounds of your diet with healthy foods.

The next time you are faced with a decision between habit and health, remember that you are essentially a complex biochemical reaction.  The food you eat, along with the air you breathe and the beverages you drink, plays a pivotal role in the function of your body, which contributes to overall well-being.

Be the Warren Buffet of your health.  The big payoff comes in what we call “superfoods.”  These are nutrient dense foods, which means they are low cal and loaded with vitamins, minerals and micronutrients.  Vegetables and fruits top the list, along with whole grains and lean meats.  Keep in mind that these foods pack a powerful punch – just one handful of blueberries delivers health benefits that help your body function and thrive (and remember the size of your stomach – grab a few almonds or walnuts plus a big cup of water and you have a superfood and super easy afternoon snack).

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We leave you with this thought by Nobel Prize winning psysiologist A. Szent-Gyorgyi.

A bonus for the brain buffs out there: research suggests that healthy lifestyles improve cognitive function and brain efficiency.

We hope that this has inspired you to think differently about what you put into your body.  Because ultimately, your life is up to you.