We love going into March because we turn our attention towards National Nutrition Month. Good nutrition is something you can do EVERYDAY to make positive, life-long impacts on your health. One harsh, even alarming, fact today is that our Western lifestyle is making many of us sick and overweight. Not enough exercise, too much sugar, stress, too many calories, saturated oils and fats along with not enough produce…. Ugh. In fact, a recent study published by Diabetes Care tells us that a majority of adults in the U.S. fall well short of type II diabetes-reducing lifestyle behaviors.
In the study, data was recorded to show daily consumption of food groups such as fruits & vegetables, dairy, meat & beans, grains, fats & oils. Physical activity and weight-loss maintenance was also recorded. Long story short, only an estimated 3.1% of adults meet the goals for reducing risk of developing type II diabetes. What does this mean? The other 97% of us are likely on a downhill metabolic slide towards type II diabetes! YIKES! We think we can do better than that and it’s not as hard as you think.
Not surprisingly, the study showed that we are best at consuming too much meat and NOT ENOUGH PRODUCE. If we all get real, I think that hits pretty close to home, right? Fortunately, the good news is that you are the boss of whatever you put in your body and can begin making good nutritious, healthy decisions starting N-O-W!
Start small. Massive, sweeping changes to diet or lifestyle often don’t last so begin with smaller “bites”, so to speak. For example, instead of removing red meat from your diet (that sounds SCARY…) simply try reducing your weekly intake. If you cannot completely stop drinking sodas try limiting yourself to 1 per day as you begin your healthy journey. Fast food is our enemy when it comes to our health so keep your guard up and try to eliminate or minimize any fast food.
In the meantime, open your mind to find more plant-based meals to cook at home to replace all the junk you’re not going to eat anymore. Fresh fish can be a healthy substitute! Or simply change portions on your plate… MORE of the produce and LESS of the meats and fats. We’ve listed a great healthy recipe to help get you started! http://www.diabetes.org/mfa-recipes/recipes/2016-06-aztec-turkey-quinoa-burgers.html
We appreciate you and truly wish you happiness and health this spring!
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