Archive | August, 2014

What does 365 days of eating look like?

22 Aug


Everything may seem all peachy when you are quickly glancing at this chart. You see the fruits, the vegetables, some meats, dairy…what’s the problem here?

Some disturbingly real facts for you – 

  • 32.8% of American adults are obese (Not just overweight, but obese – Yes, there is a difference.)
  • 25.8% of American children are obese (that’s 1 in 4 and 1 too many)
  • 13% increase since 2010
  • $147 billion spent annually to treat obesity

Yikes!! No wonder why we’re the most obese nation in the world. You know the saying of “you are what you eat?” Well, the U.S. is definitely a walking example of that.

The amount of fast food and processed foods consumed by an individual is alarming. We’re looking at 29 pounds of french fries, 53 gallons of soda (about 1 gallon/week), 24 pounds of ice cream, 23 pounds of pizza! Seriously? What’s wrong with this picture here?

What’s important here is that we need to re-program our brain and our attitude when it comes to health and wellness. It is not a “crash diet” or a “diet fad,” it is a new way of thinking, a new way to live your life. Eat to live, not live to eat.

The goal is to significantly cut down (eventually eliminate) the processed foods with high sugar and fat content that serve no nutritional value whatsoever, and increase intake of lean proteins, fruits, veggies, whole grains and nuts. Never forget your body’s BFF – H2O. The human body is made up of anywhere from 50-70% water, so it only makes sense to keep it hydrated with water.

I promise you your body and quality of life will improve if you start making changes today. Start somewhere, even if it means starting small. Let’s say you are a soda drinker who consumes 2-3 cans of it every day. Start with cutting down to 1 a day for the first week, then every other day the next week, then 1 a week. Within a month, you’re soda free! Your body will be free of that 53 gallons of waste for the year. If not now, then when?

Remember getting in shape and losing weight is 80% diet 20% exercise. It goes beyond the 1 hour you put in at the gym, it’s also the other 23 hours that count. U1st!