Eat To Live, Don’t Live To Eat!- It’s Really About Choices!
It’s really all about choices, and it’s all in our hands. Take the time to evaluate your diet and eating habits. Make the necessary changes before it is too late, as prevention is worth a thousand cures.
Make small changes every week, instead of drastic shifts where you will feel the biggest impact. Make a list of all the foods you need to cut down on in your diet, and keep cutting one out each week.
1-Be mindful of your eating habits, and commit to change at least one each week.
2- Ask for help and support from family and friends.
3- Educate yourself on what are healthy foods, and the food groups.
4- Make friends with healthy eaters, they can be your best support and role models for changing bad habits.
5- Keep a list of all the changes you need to make and look it over every day to keep this information at the forefront of your mind.
6- Use positive affirmations to install a healthier thought process toward food and eating as thoughts and believes guide our behavior. Keep with it and before you know it, new healthy choices and patterns will become habits, just as the old unhealthy ones once were.
The Role Of Food
Food is intended for the human body as sustenance and nutrition. Truly, that is its only intent. It is meant to provide essential nutrients that work to support internal bodily process and nutrify major organs. It provides us with energy and is essential for the proper physical development of children.
Somewhere along the way, we have seriously lost touch with this fact. Of course, the endless rows of goodies at the supermarket, and unlimited choices of junk food have not helped us in any way. Healthy eating still eludes many of us, as America struggles with obesity and lifestyle choices are the leading cause of premature death from diseases like that of the heart that result from them.
Obesity is at epidemic levels in the US. According to the Centers For Disease Control:
1- 35.1% of adults age 20 or older were obese in 2012
2- 69% of adults age 20 or older were overweight or obese in 2012, that’s more than 50% of the US population! Children as young as 5 years old are being diagnosed with obesity, which maybe the biggest tragedy of all. According to the Centers For Disease Control:
3- Obesity rates have more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the past 30 years.
4- In 2012, more than 1/3 of children and adolescents were overweight or obese. Of course, poor eating habits put you at risk for more than just obesity because when the body does not have proper nutrition, it poses other serious health risks.
Hypertension & Strokes
- Hypertension- The National Institutes of Health advises that hypertension (high blood pressure) can result from poor nutrition. Hypertension is often diagnosed until it damages the body beyond repair. Too much salt, sugar, and fatty processed food can cause hypertension.
- Stokes- Experts advise that foods high in salt, cholesterol and fat increase chances for stroke. Strokes occur when plaque builds up in a blood vessel and then breaks free when a clot travels to the brain and creates blockage. Stroke can result in paralysis and death.
- High Cholesterol-Poor nutrition leads to high cholesterol, which is the main cause of heart disease, the #1 killer of Americans. More than 500,000 people die each year in the US from heart disease, typically caused by a high fat diet. Some of the culprit foods are excesses of beef, sweets, ice cream, and processed high fat foods.
- Gout-Gout is condition where uric acid buildup creates crystals in the joints. It is painful and leads to permanent joint damage. Poor nutrition is a contributing factor to gout. Foods high in uric acid include whole milk, cheese, ice cream and some seafood.
- Cancer -Experts, like those at the National Institutes of Health advise that poor nutrition is a high risk factor for breast, colon and bladder cancers, just to name a few. A diet that is high in refined sugar, hydrogenated oils, nitrates in hot dogs and bacon, and fatty foods like French fries put you at risk for cancer. Conversely, it is fruits and vegetables that are high in antioxidants that help protect cells in the body decrease risk for cancer. A diet rich in antioxidants is key to maintaining proper health and preventing a wide range of diseases.
What You Should Change
- Slow down eating your meal- your hormonal signal to turn off eating takes 20 minutes.
- Don’t eat processed foods- that are high in preservatives, salt and calories.
- Walk only the outside aisles of the supermarket. Shop in the produce section and avoid processed foods, in cans or that need refrigeration.
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