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Portion Control… also key to good health

14 Aug

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Sometimes we eat more with our eyes than with our stomachs…  we miseducate our bodies into believing more food equals more health and that is an erroneous notion.  it is not the quantity of food, but its quality, that creates a positive equation for our long-term health.

Eating more than we should brings a slew of issues – obesity or being over weight, digestive issues like reflux disease, which might bring forth other issues like insomnia, lack of restful sleep, lethargy, lack of energy, indigestion,  etc.

Let’s re-educate ourselves into eating more healthful portions:

  • Serve yourself in a smaller plate… the plate will be full with less food and you will train your brain into thinking this amount of food IS ENOUGH for you.
  • Learn to fill yourself up with fresh salads.  If you still feel a small plate is too little to start your transition, complement your small plate with fresh veggies which carry lots of phytonutrients. Also, add fresh fruits to your breakfast or even as snacks…
  • When eating out, order a 1/2 portion – many restaurants offer 1/2 portions.  Ask for them…  And if even that is too much share a meal with someone or only eat half of it now and save the rest for later.
  • Take a walk after a meal.  This will increase your physical activity, help your digestive system do its job faster and increase your overall health.  When people eat large meals and immediately stay at rest or even take a nap it prevents the digestive system to do its job promptly because you’ve ordered your whole system to rest,,, so all that food stays in your stomach to ferment… not fun!
  • Do not eat a full meal too late at night – for the same reason as above.

 

Let’s take control of what we eat and the quantities we eat and over time you’ll see it in your health and possibly even your waistline…

 

Food… your most powerful medicine

7 Aug

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Sometimes, we give so little thought to what we eat…  most people just think of the taste and the immediate gratification, with very little consideration of the impact of what they put in their mouth has on their immediate, mid and long-term health.

It is not a right of passage to be sickly when we get older!!  To grow older should be a sign of accumulated wisdom, experiences, freedom…  instead people become a repository of ailments, sickness and limited mobility.  We’re so lucky our physical bodies are so resilient despite the poor fuel we give it.

People have come to believe that arthritis, inflammation, gout, heart diseases, diabetes… all are diseases you acquire due to age.  Older people get these ailments because it’s the way it is.  But people don’t stop and consider how all the “gustitos” or “little sins” - all the white bread, candy, refined sugars, meat, fatty foods, fast foods, artificial colorants, etc. – played a role in their current state of health.

Make a conscious decision to put more thought and be more mindful of what you eat every day.  Consider how your food will either contribute to your health or your lack of it in years to come.  Start choosing everyday to eat and fuel your body as if you will last 120 years.  I am one that wants to last 120 years… but I want to be an active, productive and independent 120 year old some day.  It can be done…  that’s what our physical bodies are designed to endure.  It all depends on how well we take care of ourselves…

 

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You are what you eat…

28 Jun

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You ARE What You EAT!

17 Jan

This is something I read today from a fellow blogger – Samantha.

You ARE What You EAT!.

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More Reasons to Eat Fruit…

18 Oct

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