Hi! And thanks for visiting my blog! I am really enjoying sharing some personal and business information with you. Yesterday I was blessed with the opportunity to do an education presentation at a networking group I belong to (BBA, organized by Amy DiPippo) in Avon, CT. So I decided to call it "Health Education with Heather!".
So here are some of the tips I shared (Note: I am not a certified Nutrition Counselor, I am just passing on information that I have learned and used myself):
We often find ourselves achieving success or working hard to get there, at the great cost of our health, time or family. To have true wealth in our lives it is not only financial freedom but mastering our health as well.
*80 million people have some form of heart disease (The American Health Association)
*1 in 3 women and 1 in 2 men will have cancer in his or her lifetime (National Cancer Institute)
*Over 20 million children and adults have diabetes. (American Diabetes Association)
*64% of adults are overweight (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
* About 59% of adults do not engage in any vigorous leisure-time physical activity (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
*Our national health care expenditures were 2 trillion in 2005 or $6700 per person (National Coalition on Health Care)
So why are we so unhealthy?
*Poor Food Choices *Not drinking enough water
- Did you know we are supposed to drink? Half of our body weight in ounces.
*Lack of exercise - *Stressful lifestyles
*Environmental factors - *Sleep deprivation
*Approach to medicine: “Treatment” instead of “Prevention”
FACT: The U.S government has spent billions trying to find a cure for heart disease, cancer and other diseases. Their Conclusion: Disease is easier to prevent than it is to cure. Their recommendation: Eat 7-13 servings of fresh fruits and vegetables every day. The problem: Almost no one does. What can we do about it?
1. Keep portions moderate, especially high-calorie foods. In recent years serving sizes have ballooned, particularly in restaurants. Split a dish with a friend or only eat half and eat the rest for the next day’s lunch, and don’t order supers-sized anything.
2. Eat early, eat often: Starting your day with a healthy breakfast can jumpstart your metabolism, and eating the majority of your daily caloric allotment early in the day gives your body time to work those calories off. Also, eating small, healthy meals throughout the day, rather than the standard three large meals, can help keep your metabolism going and ward off snack attacks.
3. Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, grains, and legumes—foods high in complex carbohydrates, fiber, vitamins, and minerals, low in fat, and free of cholesterol. Try to get fresh, local produce
4. Drink more water. Our bodies are about 75% water. It is a vital part of a healthy diet. Water helps flush our systems, especially the kidneys and bladder, of waste products and toxins. A majority of Americans go through life dehydrated.
5. Limit sugary foods, salt, and refined-grain products. Sugar is added to a vast array of foods. In a year, just one daily 12-ounce can of soda (160 calories) can increase your weight by 16 pounds. See suggestions below for limiting salt and substituting whole grains for refined grains.
6. Don’t be the food police. You can enjoy your favorite sweets and fried foods in moderation, as long as they are an occasional part of your overall healthy diet. Food is a great source of pleasure, and pleasure is good for the heart – even if those French fries aren’t!
7. Get moving. A healthy diet improves your energy and feelings of well-being while reducing your risk of many diseases. Adding regular physical activity and exercise will make any healthy eating plan work even better.
8. MOST IMPORTANTLY - Do it One step at a time. Establishing new food habits is much easier if you focus on and take action on one food group or food fact at a time. Try something out for 21 days and it becomes a habit!
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You are what you eat and more importantly, what you have eaten that is still with you.
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