Monday, February 6, 2012

YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT

Most of you have heard the saying "you are what you eat." We believe this is a true statement. Processed foods are full of preservatives that are hard to digest and, frankly, we don't know all the repercussions of eating processed foods long term. We do know that processed foods can lead to poor health and we are learning more about disease-causing products and additives.


We also know that it is almost impossible to stay completely away from all the foods that are tagged "bad for you." We live in a fast-paced world and we can't be thinking about food every minute of the day. We are, however, true believers that just one change can make a difference and that every time we make a better food choice we are helping our bodies. If, for instance, we decided today to drink more water and less soda, we have made a good choice. On the other hand, we may stop and pick up a hamburger today while on the run with errands. Let's try asking for a protein style burger wrapped in lettuce and if we have to have fries, let's make it a small order. Ideally it would be better to bring our own food from home.


We know from experience that over-indulging in unhealthy foods causes unhealthy food addictions and weight problems, both of which have a negative influence on our health.


It is not a crime to eat a piece of cake once in awhile, but it becomes a problem if we are craving it everyday. Training the mind to think about what's being eaten, and why it's being eaten is an ongoing process.


We believe one of the best steps we can take is to write down everything that goes into our mouths each day and what the portion size was. This helps us see and understand eating patterns. We think we know, but it is such a revelation when everything is written down. Again, we live in a real world and to think we or our children are never going to indulge in some unhealthy eating is not realistic for most people. So our advice is to use moderation, look for some healthy alternatives and take time to enjoy your food.


And when we slip, we can start over. For instance, Jeanne over-indulged during the Super Bowl yesterday and doesn't feel so great today. She knew better but did it anyway. Today she will have a mixed green salad with a light salad dressing, baked salmon and brown rice. This dinner will take about 10 minutes to make if the rice is done ahead of time.


As you think about your food choices and study out some easy alternatives, you will find little by little your food choices will change. So, enjoy thinking about what you can feed your body that will help keep it strong, keep your energy levels up, and keep a smile on your face!


Look for easy, healthy ideas that will keep the family coming to the dinner table--remember, we are all in this together.

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