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Lifestyle Changes Can Make a Difference

During a recent presentation, I spoke about how a nutrient-rich diet, combined with physical activity can delay and/or prevent the onset of many chronic diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and cardiac issues.  In fact, in many cases, medications prescribed to treat such conditions can be alleviated with a commitment to a change in lifestyle.  As a professional familiar with these facts, I decided that an improvement to my current regimen would not be a bad idea.  Here is what I suggest, which helped me tremendously:
  • Talk to your doctor or nutritionist to determine the amount of calories you should eat in order to SAFELY lose weight.  Fad diets that eliminate certain valuable nutrients from your diet are unhealthy!
  • Plan out your meals ahead of time, making a grocery list of ingredients you need for the week
 
  • Measure and weigh food
  • Keep a record of how many portions you eat from each food group
  • Drink more water
  • Increase the amount of days and intensity of your physical activity
I am happy to report that I lost 2 pounds after my first week following the above tips!  Admittedly, the first few days of the reduced food intake were tricky, but I stuck with it!  I am glad I did, because as a person with Type 2 diabetes, I already see a positive change in my blood sugar readings.
February is traditionally American Heart Month, so it is the perfect time to think about our health.  Not sure where to begin?  The National Institute on Aging, which is part of the National Institutes of Health, can help you.  This wonderful resource offers information such as nutrition education, tips on how to eat healthy and shop, food safety, and more!  Take your first steps to a healthier lifestyle today!

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Marita on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 10:15 AM
Once again, the common sense of feeding our bodies real food for hunger(in lieu of processed flour & fat in plastic packages) is what professionals are recommending. For our bodies, our brains and our planet!
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