Eat­ing bet­ter for life

Manawatu Guardian - - STEPPING OUT... - By MERANIA KARAURIA

Frans On­land asks is our good life killing us?

He dis­cov­ered the com­plete health im­prove­ment pro­gramme (CHIP) 10 years ago and was sur­prised that he had high blood pres­sure, de­spite the many years he was a veg­e­tar­ian.

The last CHIP meet­ing for the year is on Sun­day and Frans is keen to open the pro­gramme to the com­mu­nity.

Frans says fol­low­ing the CHIP pro­gramme he can eat healthy, up to five veg­eta­bles a day, and work in the gar­den.

“The most im­por­tant as­pect to CHIP is hav­ing a so­cial set­ting to meet peo­ple who are on the same track and who en­cour­age you.”

He says that there is an emo­tional as­pect of eat­ing, and fol­low­ing the CHIP way of eat­ing, “peo­ple take charge of their health by re­vers­ing dis­ease with a knife and fork”.

”There are peo­ple fol­low­ing the pro­gramme who have come off their med­i­ca­tion for di­a­betes, high blood pres­sure and choles­terol,” Frans said.

When new peo­ple join, they are given a blood test first for a chem­i­cal anal­y­sis, and Frans says they are ex­cited when they get back the re­sults. If some­thing shows where med­i­cal in­ter­ven­tion is re­quired, the per­son is ad­vised to see a doc­tor.

“CHIP re­verses dis­eases — it’s a life­style choice. Fur­ther­more, our di­ets should be al­ka­line not acid.”

For those in­ter­ested in at­tend­ing, Frans asks they call him so the mem­bers can cater for ex­tra peo­ple. ■ A CHIP smoothie recipe: al­mond/rice milk/wa­ter, frozen spinach, kale, straw­ber­ries, ba­nana, ap­ple, 1 tblsp chia seeds.

■ For more in­for­ma­tion to at­tend the CHIP meet­ing, 6pm-8pm, Sun­day 25, Ad­ven­tists Church Hall, Fer­gus­son St, Frans On­land 328-8868.

Frans On­land says the com­plete health im­prove­ment pro­gramme would help many peo­ple in the com­mu­nity to take charge of their health.

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