By Stacy Kennedy, MPH, RD, CSO, LDN; Reboot Nutritionist
Men’s health is a popular topic and I’d like to take this opportunity to share some reasons why a Reboot is of particular importance for all the guys out there. Here at Reboot Your Life, our community is shattering the perception that men don’t care about their health. Men make up 30% of our Facebook community- wow! On average 90% of large commercial weight loss customers are female.
Men in our culture often get a bad wrap for not being health conscious. There’s a billboard from the US Department of Heath and Human Services promoting regular check-ups right next to Fenway Park (where the Boston Red Sox play baseball) saying that “Every Year Thousands of Men Will Die from Stubbornness.” In fact there are ads everywhere proclaiming that to be masculine means you must eat huge steaks or burgers and fries all the time! That salads are somehow only for girls and being vegetarian, well… Good news is that times are changing and even some fast food ads are shifting gears.
You’ve probably heard the expression, “the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.” But do these foods that can win your guy over have to be full of fat, sugar and devoid of nutrients? No way!
We get to see in the film “Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead” how helpful adopting a plant based diet including juice was for two of our favorite guys, Joe and Phil.
Here’s a quick look at new research that supports just how great fruits, veggies and juice can be for men.
-Men who drank 5 oz (150 mL) of kale juice for 3 months had a significant reduction in their LDL (bad) cholesterol, increase in HDL (good) cholesterol and higher antioxidant levels in their blood. These men made no other changes to their diet besides drinking kale juice and their weight remained stable. The juice alone was enough to provide important benefits in a short amount of time, highlighting that small changes can make a big difference.
-Following a healthy lifestyle, including eating vegetables, during midlife was found to significantly lower the risk of dementia later in life in Japanese-American men.
-For men who smoke, eating 3 fresh kiwifruits a day for 8 weeks significantly lowered their blood pressure and made their blood less sticky and clogged (reduced platelet aggregation).
Hey guys, it’s your turn to stand up and be heard! Caring for your body, mind and health is something that makes you strong. And a good role model to younger boys in a generation that needs all the help they can get to promote healthy eating habits.
I’d love to hear from all the guys out there Rebooting! What are your favorite juices? Do your friends give you a hard time for eating/drinking veggies or are they supportive? Do you find it difficult in a business setting to order healthy meals?
What advice to you have to help shatter the stereotype that men don’t like vegetables?