The world has certainly changed. Children no longer carry lunch boxes made by mom. Adults no longer carry lunch pails and sadly the days of eating healthy have gone by the wayside. I too worked for Corporate America and the stress level was to the point that it was easier to grab lunch at a fast food restaurant and run back to work. I was so damn tired at the end of my work day I just wanted to vegetate on the couch.
But you know what? All that stress and unhealthy eating put more stress on my body than I imagined. I gained 50 pounds (seemingly overnight), developed Type II Diabetes I had absolutely no energy and the last thing I wanted to do when I got home was to make dinner.
One in every six (6) children are Obese in America
38% of American Adults are Obese
Obesity in America is more of a issue than malnutrition.
Medical Conditions Caused By Obesity
Obesity causes Diabetes, some Cancers, Heart Attacks, Strokes, unhealthy Circulatory System, High Blood Pressure, Fatty Liver Disease, Thyroid Disease, Acid Reflux, Erectile Dysfunction, Hernias and Urinary Incontinence. Not to mention people are dying earlier. Obese people end up spending on average an additional $3,000 on medical bills each year. I don't know about you, but $3,000 is a lot of money that can be better spent elsewhere.
Changing Bad Habits
Obesity can be cured in America with changing your lifestyle which includes eating the right foods, making your own lunch and of course exercise.
You are probably thinking "Well sure this is easier said than done." I hear this all of the time. However, if I can change in order to be healthier and loose weight I know there are millions of people who can do the same thing.
Bad eating habits and the obesity epidemic is like alcoholism. The person who is obese has to want to make changes in their lifestyle. The obese person who has diabetes and other medical issues has to want to make the change themselves. No one can force someone to change their lifestyle as this change has to be personal for the obese person.
Determination is the key. The determination to feel better, be healthier, have more energy, and getting your overall health under control instead of your unhealthy lifestyle controlling you.
Changing how you eat and live takes baby steps. Each week just change one bad eating habit. For each new baby step you make continue it every single day and do not deviate.
- Eat fresh organic fruit instead of 2 or 3 candy bars each day
- Eat fresh organic salads. Mixed salads are healthier than Ice Berg Lettuce
- Drink 8 glasses of water each day instead of drinking soda. The water will help full you up and will flush out your system of free radicals
- Fix a healthy dinner and the entire family sit together to talk about their day
- Fix your own breakfast and lunch. This will save you calories and money
- Start walking. The entire family can do this together and togetherness makes a happier family
These are just a few easy changes that you can make. Sit your family down and discuss making baby steps in order to be healthier. Discuss that instead of ice-cream for dessert there will be freshly cut fruits.
Once I stopped eating foods that came in a can, box or were processed I had my Type II Diabetes under control. My doctor was amazed. It has been three (3) years now and I have not had to take any medication for my diabetes. This has saved me a lot of money and has helped my health.
If I eat any type of processed food which includes those handy dandy sausage links and even bacon I get absolutely sick. Cookies make me sick. I have changed my eating habits to the point that my body will not allow me to eat canned, boxed, processed, deep fried or restaurant foods. I can't even eat soup that comes in a can.
You Can Do It
I have faith in you, my readers, that you too can change your lifestyle to a healthier one. You don't have to change everything all at the same time like I did because for me being diagnosed with diabetes scared the crap out of me. Use baby steps and put it in your mind that you will change one bad eating habit each week; of course keeping all of your changes at the same time.
Become a Role Model
Be the role model that your family needs. Teaching yourself how to eat healthy is teaching your children to do the same thing. As a parent I can't imagine wanting to see my son obese and have health issues that will kill him earlier than needs to happen.
Remember, all it takes is baby steps and your determination. We only get one body and one life. We all need to take care of ourselves better through making healthier choices in our food intake. I have faith that you can do this and live a long, healthy and happy life.
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