It has been reported that the United States has the largest number of overweight children and adults in this society, which has caused many obesity related illnesses. Many of my students ask, “why are people getting fatter and sicker?” Part of the answer is that many are indulging in sedentary lifestyles and over consumption of non-food items. Many don’t know that there is a difference between eating and feeding. Your body requires real vitamins, minerals and nutrients to feed the body its daily requirements. The choice for consumption of high fat, heavily laden salt and sugary snacks are readily accessible along with micro-waved meals. People are now living in a fast paced society and it is causing a steadily decline in health.
The Standard American Diet also coined as the “S.A.D.” way of living is becoming more familiar than the eating habits of 30 and more years ago. Our past generations consumed more plant based meals, fresh picked fruits, vegetables and ate lots of whole grains daily. The quality of food has plummeted while portion size has increased. Past tradition of large servings of meat were usually reserved until Sunday dinner, celebrations or holidays. A burger was considerably small compared to the double, triple, supersized advertisements we see today.
As time went by our lifestyles greatly transformed and therefore we too have physically changed. The hectic pace we have adopted or inherited gave way to “hurry up and eat on the run”. Our food choices expanded and gave way to the advent of restaurant meals, and fast food. Typical meals have become saturated with addictive chemicals (drugs) that create “food junkies”. Weight is the result of consuming more than the body is able to withstand or eliminate in a timely manner. When people are “over-waste” they become “over- weight“. The physical body is overwhelmed, which in turn causes a high amount of stress and “dis”-ease”. However, the good news is that it is never too late to take responsibility for the health, care and maintenance of our body. Here is a list of a few ways that you may want to incorporate in your daily routine and see what a difference self care makes!
Happy New You Healthy Tips:
Start off everyday by maintaining an attitude of appreciation and gratitude! It is a winning formula for a healthier Mind, Body and Spirit.
Walking is the best exercise, weather permitting especially outdoors or even try just walking around in your ow living space, up and down stairs.
Try a new activity such as dancing, yoga, stretching, swimming for flexibility and movement.
Refrain from eating when you are not hungry, tired or emotionally upset.
Your body requires plenty of oxygen.
Make sure you are not shallow breathing by filling up your lungs with air and breathing deep.
Drink plenty of pure clean water instead of sugary, colored and artificially flavored drinks. (Recommended water dosage is to divide your weight in half and use that measurement of water in ounces. (e.g.If you weigh 150 lbs 75 ounces of water)
Avoid eating and drinking at the same time. (Liquids tend to dilute necessary digestive juices)
Do not eat beyond your needs. Eat until you are satisfied not until feeling uncomfortable or “stuffed”.
Snack on live fruits, vegetables, seeds or raw unsalted nuts. Seek organically and locally grown foods.
Drink fresh raw juice and increase portions of raw foods to your meals.
Add extra minerals and vitamins, as supplementation to boost your immune system.
Pay attention to how your body feels when you reduce or eliminate fast food, meat, dairy and fish or favorite snacks.
Prepare and cook more healthy, nutritious meals at home.
Prayer and Meditation focused on peace, relaxation, and spiritual guidance have been proven to be an excellent morning and evening ritual.
Add “YOU” on your list to schedule regular massage therapy sessions and other body maintenance routines for balance, and increased flow of energy.
This advice is not intended to diagnose or prescribe but offer nutritional information to help you cooperate with your doctor in your mutual goal of building health. In the event that you use this information without your doctor’s approval, you are prescribing for yourself, which, is your constitutional right, but we assume no responsibility.
Dr. Khephera Jesal is available for speaking engagements, classes and seminars for Healthy Lifestyle Coaching