Food, your new insurance plan?

The “I’m not getting any younger” cliche usually pops up in our conversations starting sometime in our 30’s, when we start to realize that we are mortal.  If we are lucky, or somewhat smart, we begin to pull our efforts into extending what we can control.  Health may be a touchy topic to those who cannot afford it or have been unfortunate in it.  For those people, my wish is that you find the right help you need.  I believe strongly in taking preventative measures in ensuring a healthy lifestyle.

People are getting wise to what fast food and other processed food are doing to their bodies.  Books like “Fast Food Nation” and”Eat this not that!,” are vocalizing people’s concern about what is in the food they are consuming and what bad eating trends people have gotten accustomed too.  While it is easier to blame someone else for your short comings, it may be that people are started to take much more accountability for their health- I say kudos.

FACT:  People are living longer;  Baby-boomers make over 70 million people in the U.S. and they have more access to information then their parents did.  This is spawning a new entitlement that is opting for more options and alternatives.

People are reading nutritional labels and watching their portion sizes.  People are grabbing fruits and vegetables over candy and chips.

So while we are not getting any younger we may be able to control trips to the doctor and to the pharmacy.  Healthy solutions to our health problems can be easy as making healthier choices and changing your eating habits.

How to Change your Habits

1) Look at what you eat- Are you getting enough fruits, vegetables, and whole grains?  Are you eating too much fat, sugar, and salt?  Are your portion sizes too big?  Are you eating to eat or eating for other reasons, such as stress or nerves?  As soon as you start to assess what you are actually doing then you can start to gradually change your ways.  Start a food diary and start measuring your portions to get back on track.

2) Gradual changes-  Try adding more vegetables to your meal; try getting the low-sodium versions of the foods you like.  The key is to start small and work yourself up.  Eating healthier will make you feel full longer and have huge payoffs for your health in the long run.

3) Lower your sodium- Cut down on processed food that are packed with sodium.   Substitute salt with herbs, spices, lemon, lime, and vinegar instead.

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