Date: July 20, 2015 | By: Rebekah J. Simon | Link
Being healthy is more than what the scales say. It is not about being skinny or looking good on the outside, but more about what is taking place on the inside. What is your body telling you? Do you have underlying medical problems? You’re tired, you have no drive, your joints hurt, your short of breath…. the list goes on and on. You’re body is trying to tell you that something needs to change, and more than likely that “something” has to do with what you are eating.
The food you eat can be used as medicine or as poison. Food can be an addiction, and it is a hard addiction to fight because our bodies need it to survive. Healthy eating does not come from fad diets or rapid weight loss. It is not about how much weight you can lose in the shortest amount of time, instead it is establishing eating habits that you can stick with for the rest of your life. A diet should incorporate controlled portions from each food group, along with adequate water intake. Water is fuel to our bodies, without it we cannot function properly and are left with a long list of complaints.
There are medications and supplements available to help you get started on your weight loss journey. These products are not indicated for long term use, and optimal results are achieved primarily with lifestyle modifications. There are certain medical problems and vitamin deficiencies that can add to weight gain or the inability to lose weight. Physical activity is also a key ingredient to being healthy. The biggest complaint about exercise is “I don’t have time”. We all have busy lifestyles that keep us on the go, but if we calculated the amount of time we spend on social media, watching TV, and other leisurely activities, we would be surprised by the amount of “free time” we actually have.
Three suggestions on the start to a healthy lifestyle 1. Cut food portions in half 2. Double your current amount of water intake 3. Find time for exercise.