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Healthy Eating, Leads to a Healthier YOU!

August 23, 2012 in Article, Nutrition, Tips, Wellness/Prevention,
Posted by Virginia Spine Institute


Dr. Hasz is an advocate of an active lifestyle and a nutritional diet. As an expert in minimally invasive spine surgery, robotic spine surgery, nutrition and athletic performance; it is no surprise that he is a fan of the book It Starts with Food, authored by Dallas and Melissa Hartwig. The authors have a philosophy called the Whole9, which is an overall plan for optimal health. The Whole9 includes: nutrition, sleep, stress management, active recovery, injury rehab, fun and play, personal growth, temperance, and exercise. In the book, the main focus is nutrition and how it plays a role in a person’s long-term health.

The book, It Starts with Food is a fairly easy read, especially for a nutrition book. The book employs bold fonts, graphics, and side bars to break the information into smaller, more “digestible” sections. The chapters are not overly long and read much like an easy conversation with infused flavor and wit. There is a fair amount of reiteration, which helps the reader to absorb the information. Each chapter has a small summary of the key points, much like a text book, but far more enjoyable. There are plenty of analogies to help make the less scientific savvy person comprehend the given information.

Chapter one sets the premise for the book with this one excerpt:

“There is no food neutral; there is no food Switzerland- every single thing you put in your mouth is either making you more healthy or less healthy.”

The book challenges readers to change the way they eat for 30 days. The premise is for the reader to see it to believe it. The nutritional advice is influenced by the Paleo diet, a nutrient dense, unprocessed, grain-free and natural diet. The book is not meant to be a weight-loss plan (though that may be an added benefit), it is a life changing, healthier way of living for a better you. Many ailments or symptoms, including chronic inflammation can diminish by following this plan. What could be better than reducing or even eliminating pain? To help get you started on your 30 day commitment they include delectable recipes and resources for even more culinary endeavors that follow the program’s guidelines.

Dr. Hasz fully supports the Whole9 Meal Simple™ template. “While it’s obviously important to have excellent food quality, you also have to be in the right neighborhood with macronutrients. I tore the template apart, put it back together, and did all the math. When all was said and done, I realized you had a really well organized plan for people. You put thought into your recommendations and your meal planning template…and you got it right.”’

Please consult with your physician before starting a new diet or fitness program. Get started today! For your convenience we offer nutrition counseling services to help you reach your nutrition and health goals. 

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