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What my family and I are doing this fortnight to stay healthy

Welcome to our first blog post! Thank you for joining me and my family.

I am excited to share with you many of the strategies that my family and I have been doing for years to maintain good health and wellbeing.

Let me firstly introduce you to my 12-year-old son, Matthew. 2020 marked the year for him starting year 7 and he is loving it, despite the unprecedented pandemic events that have occured. I am, however, very thankful that from a young age, I have explained to Matthew how amazing his body is in fighting invisible ‘baddies’! Over time, I have reinforced in Matthew’s mind, through storytelling, his capacity to call on his troops (his immune system) to successfully defend his body.

Matthew understands that his body, like yours, is built with an immune system that resists disease, fights infections and heals damaged cells! This is what an immune system does. It’s designed not to be nice to invaders, but to annihilate them! If, however, an invader (such as a bacteria or virus) sneaks through his defences, Matthew is able to immediately recognise this through feeling a change in his normal state of health and wellbeing and he will immediatley offer support to his troops. Matthew does this by reaching for the prepared Chinese herbal formula  (formulated for children with symptoms of cold and flu) and the C Max (my prefered mixed ascorbate (Vitamin C) powder), he will ask to eat more vegetables, and he will want to stay in bed. Matthew knows that these strategies will support the function of his troops to destroy and ultimately defeat the invading enemy! It’s a no brainer, having a well functioning immune, as well as a digestive, hormonal and nervous systems has, and will always be, the best defence to any infection or dis-ease state.

My family’s first strategy

In our first blog post, What my family and I are doing this fortnight to stay healthy, we will share with you one of these strategies which is now second nature for Matthew, that is, when Matthew is asked; “What’s one of his favourite foods?” he would respond with “Choy”! For those of you who are not familiar with this word, it’s a Cantonese word that indicates a specific type of Chinese vegetable. Matthew loves it when we cook this for him, epecially when my wife, Joana, prepares it for dinner! For those of you who may not know Joana, she was born in Macau (it was a Portuguese colony when we first met back in 1987). Joana’s heritage is Macau Chinese, and like my Greek heritage, we love cooking vegetables, particularly the dark green leafy ones! For those of you may not know this about me, I prepare breakfast for Matthew, and it’s not the manufactured marketed ‘dead food’; breakfast cereals! I prepare nourshing foods, which includes vegetables, and Matthew loves it! One of his favourites is my toasted breakfast roll filled with cooked carrot, mushroom, tomato and zucchini in a organic mountain bread wrap with avocado spread. This is served with a side of zucchini slices which Matthew adores!

It therefore comes as no surprise to me (particularly when you understand the principles of neuroplasticity and mirror neurons) that Matthew, like his mum, dad and Chinese and Greek grandparents, loves his vegetables – particularly the green, slightly bitter tasting, ones! You may read this in disbelief; however, I kid you not! Click on the below  home video clip. It’s of Matthew when he first started to use chop sticks on his own! I was very excited to see him develop that skill, that’s why I filmed it, however, when I came across this video again, I couldn’t help but focus on what he was eating, and he was savouring it!

Why start with this strategy?

The reason for sharing my family’s love of vegetables with you as our first strategy for staying healthy, is two-fold:

Firstly, the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) Director General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, advocates eating a healthy and nutritious diet as the first of the WHO’s 5-essential steps to improving health and wellbeing during our current crisis. Vegetables naturally forms a major part of a healthy and nutritious diet!

Secondly, a recent report by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) 2019 on the Australian diet identified something amazing! Before I share with you what they found, I will ask you, as I do to my clients when they see me for dietary advice, which is:

“How many serves of vegetables are you eating as part of your healthy and nutritious diet per day?”

Before you can answer this question, you need to firstly know what 1 serving of vegetables looks like. If you are unfamiliar with this, then you need to know that around 1 cup of cooked vegetables or 1 cup of salad are considered to be 1 serve of vegetables. Now that you know this piece of essential information, how many serves of vegetables are you eating in a day?

If you answered 5 serves or more, congratulations! You are in the 8 % of Australians who eats the recommended intake of vegetables as reported by the AIHW (2019)! The AIHW reported that based on self-reported data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) 2017–18 National Health Survey (NHS), 9 in 10 people aged 18 and over (92%) did not eat the recommended 5–6 serves of vegetables!

Take-home message

The take-home message from the Dellas family in our first blog is for you to consider eating your 5 to 6 serves of vegetables a day! Ensure you are eating a wide variety of different coloured vegetables throughout the day because it’s too much food to consume in one sitting! That’s why I include vegetables at breakfast time.

For those of you that have already seen me for their unique In Focus personalised food intake wellness plan, please get them out again, that is, if life got in the way! Now, more than ever, is the time for you to start focusing on your food intake as we have already discussed. If you can’t find your unique In Focus personalised food intake wellness plan, please call me NOW and I will re-send it to you, for free!

For those of you that need to create your own unique In Focus personalised food intake wellness plan with me, please call me NOW! Based on the AIHW report, the probability is that you need to call me NOW!

Make an appointment Now for your unique In Focus personalised food intake wellness plan on 03-9525 3569 or 0404 882 569 NOW!

We can now organise a time with you from where you are with online meetings or personally at the clinic, which ever works best for you!

 

In our next blog of What my family and I are doing this fortnight to stay healthy, get ready to take off your shoes!

Until then, from our family to your family, energetic hugs to all.

Dr George Dellas (Chinese Medicine) and family