Just about everyone in Western culture grew up hating vegetables as toddlers. My 3 year old is in the habit of telling me every night that, “I’ll like vegetables when I’m big. We just have to wait.” (I don’t know where she even got that from.) As teenagers, many of us were much more likely to grab a bag of chips and a soda instead of a piece of fruit and some water. Unfortunately though, these same bad habits have trickled into our adult lifestyles. A combination of simply not liking healthy food, not having time to cook or thinking we don’t have enough money to eat right has had devastating effects.
Diabetes, hypertension, gout, heart disease and cancer as well as other diseases plague the fattest nation on earth. Back in 2012, heart disease alone killed more people than homicide, suicide and every strand of the flu combined. According to the CDC, every 5 minutes 16 adults are newly diagnosed with diabetes and 2 people die of diet related illness. As of June 2015 75% of men and 67% of women in North America are morbidly obese. Outside of that percentage, many fed and housed Americans are malnutritioned. Many people that have diet related diseased appear smaller but are still incredibly unhealthy. These facts are startling because these diseases are 100% preventable.
Health diseases we may suffer from and what we eat definitely is reflected in our hair, skin and nails. For example, if you don’t consume enough protein, it can result in alopecia, hair loss disease. If we consume too much sugar, it results in acne. A lack of water, or too much alcohol and soft drinks, results in dull skin. Lack of vegetables brings forth brittle nails. If you’re spending tons of money and time on pills, cream and beauty products that don’t work…chances are…you have some internal issues going on and need to look at changing your diet and fitness.
“Fat doesn’t taste as good as HEALTHY FEELS!”
So what now ?! There’s nothing wrong with taking baby steps. For those of us who are parents, it’s also a great way to set a pattern for our young ones. Here’s a list of 7 small, easy to do steps to challenge yourself with.
- Switch Lettuce for Spinach: They’re both basically tasteless and when fresh, you won’t really realize a difference. Spinach is nutrient rich while lettuce is mostly water.
- Apples Go With Everything: If you’re anything like me, you need to have something crunchy with every sandwich. Try an apple instead of a bag of chips!
- Explore: Get bored with the same old food all the time ? Go to the market and pick up any produce that you’ve never seen before and give it a try. You may really like it.
- Try to Avoid Any White Foods: Things like rice and potatoes are very starchy and turn into sugar which in turn, leads to belly fat.
- Have a Smoothie: It’s really no fun just drinking water. Many people turn to soda and juice out of boredom. Look up difference smoothie recipes to give yourself flavored beverages.
- Shop the Perimeter of the Grocery Stores: All of the junk is stored in the most common areas of the store; down the aisles, at eye level. Try circling the stores edges next time and see what you find.
- Ah love oil: Trade butter and lard for olive oil. Olive oil is one million times healthier and less fattening than butter is. So that your food isn’t bland, explore new seasonings.
It’s true that even if we eat healthy and exercise perfectly we won’t live forever. But why not make the most of your body and energy while you’re here ? Do you have any other suggestions or experiences with changing your lifestyle from horrible to healthy ? I’d love to hear it ! Drop a comment.
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