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What Healthy Eating Really Is

The Gourmet-O-Matic tm promotes healthy eating.

There is much confusion surrounding the concept of healthy eating.

People bring many beliefs and prejudices to the table, so to speak, when it comes to healthy eating. Along with these prejudices are myths and fantasies.

The following is intended to clear up the matter, though some may not find it in concert with their beliefs, prejudices, myths and fantasies.

To begin, "What is health?"

Any conversation about healthy eating must deal with that question. Until there is a definition of health, there can be no definition of healthy eating.

One thing that health is not, is the absence of disease.

That is currently unknowable by an individual.

Even as I write this and even as you read this, either one or both of us could have a golf ball-size cancer of the pancreas and might not know about it. 

I submit that although each of us may feel “Fabulous!,” unaware of our respective pancreatic cancers, we are not healthy. Once we are aware of our pancreatic cancers we know that we are not healthy because we feel sick.

“Sick” is knowable, “health” is not. 

It is not possible to explain the meaning of something with an unknown.

This is what health is:

Health is a statistical concept.

Health is the likelihood of developing certain bad illnesses. The better your health, the less your likelihood. The worse your health, the greater your likelihood. 

Hence the description of disease (morbidity) and subsequent mortality as “risks.”

The best data there are have to do with the relationship between body weight and the likelihood of developing these certain bad illnesses.

The BMI or Body Mass Index relates well to the likelihood of developing of these certain, bad illnesses. 

If your BMI is between 18.5 and 24.9, your chances of getting these diseases is lessened. 

If your BMI is less than 18.5 or greater than 24.9, your chances of getting these diseases is increased. 

Health is therefore greatest when your BMI is between 18.5 and 24.9.

Thus, you are statistically most likely to be "healthy" if your BMI is between 18.5 and 24.9.

Currently, our knowledge is not sufficient to know if a person with a BMI of 22 who achieved that BMI by eating boneless, skinless, free-range, organic chicken breasts is any healthier than a person with a BMI of 22 who achieved that BMI by eating conventionally raised red meat.

The Gourmet-O-Matic tm promotes healthy eating by offering meal strategies with literally unlimited variety where caloric intakes can be well-controlled.

What you choose to eat is your business. Helping you make it interesting is ours.

Whatever foods you choose, given current knowledge, you can eat them in a healthy manner and The Gourmet-O-Matic tm can help you.

The FitnessMed tm Guide To Healthy Eating explains standard serving sizes for all meals, i.e., breakfasts through dinners and desserts, proteins and side dishes and how to calculate your caloric needs based on your current and desired weights.

The strategies used by The Gourmet-O-Matic tm can be found in Dr. Applebaum's meal strategy guide, The FitnessMed tm Guide To Healthy Eating. That book contains recipes for over 1 trillion (yes, with a "T") meal combinations.

All of Dr. Applebaum's books can be found here.