- Today, 66% of all Americans are considered to be overweight
- 8.3 % of the population has diabetes, with 1.9 million new cases diagnosed annually.
- 12.8 % of Americans have heart disease, which is the number one cause of death in this country.
- The average U.S. citizen drinks the equivalent of more than 600 sodas each year.
With statistics like these it’s no wonder our President’s wife, Michelle Obama, is pushing so much to cut down on childhood obesity.
Here are 5 Easy Changes for a Healthier Life you can implement today:
1) Eat REAL foods
I can’t stress enough the importance of this. Yes, it might be more convent for you to grab a Lean Cuisine and pop it in the microwave but this kills all the helpful vitamins and nutrients. Processed and fast foods also contain chemicals and toxic ingredients that help preserve the food and have been so mechanically and chemically altered that they no longer resemble anything healthy.
If you can do just 1 thing- eat real food! Or at least change 1 of your daily meals to real food. Check out Anna’s post: Easy Meal Planning for Healthy, On-the-Go Eating, for a convent and easy suggestion on how to plan your weekly meals.
2) Add Vegetables
There are so many fun and flavorful ways to spruce up and prepare vegetables in your diet. Vegetables (esp greens) are filled with lots of essential vitamins and nutrients that our bodies need. Check out this ridiculously easy recipe: Kale Salad
1 Bunch of lacinato kale
1/2 lemon (squeezed)
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 pinch of sea salt
Scrunch together with your hands
Optional: Add ground flaxseeds (for omega 3’s!), avocado (healthy fat), or humus
3) Do something active every single day!
Everyday night seem a lot to you (and of course it’s important to rest if you body needs it.) But exercising everyday has dramatically changed my life (even if it’s only jumping rope for 20 minutes.) Find what you love doing and get moving! For me it’s a combination between: yoga, dancing, jumping rope, elliptical, & trampoline. I’m constantly mixing it up so I don’t get bored. Exercise doesn’t just benefit your body it helps your mind also.
4) Watch your portion size
Today, especially when we eat out, we are given incredibly large portions of food. When I was recently in Europe, I inept wondering how the women stay so thin and I realized it was being there portions were about 1/2 the size of ours. And you know what? When I ate them I was full! As Americans we tend to overeat so watch your portion size and stop eating when you are full.
5) Probiotics and Enzymes
2 more things that have changed my life are Enzymes and Probiotics. Enzymes help you fully digest the foods you eat, leaving your digestive system clean and your body energized. Probiotics create healthy gut flora, which supports better immunity and nutrient absorption.
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