Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Obesity...Chronic Heath Problems...Changes NEED to be made in the USA!

Yesterday's Wall Street Journal Article (10-17-11) mentioned that "Just 1 in 7 U.S. workers is of normal weight without a chronic health problem, according to Gallup polling data". Too many people are not taking positive charge of their health!

How can this change? Healthy Habits DO START at home! Packing healthy lunches or snacks is a great way to take charge of your health. Packing single serving snacks will help a person get through the day without having to visit a vending machine. Healthy snacks can be prepared at home and packaged in single serving portions.

Packing a water bottle (reusable is GREAT for the environment at the same time) is a great way to stay hydrated at work. Drinking water not only keeps a person hydrated but helps with metabolism and elimination of toxins. There are numerous additional health benefits to drinking water.

Exercise can be incorporated into each and every day in small amounts. How? Pick a parking space that is not right in front of a door. Park a few rows away and walk to the door. (this same parking routine can be used when running errands) Another easy exercise option may be to take the stairs rather than the elevator. Depending on one's job, a lunch hour (or part of one) could be spent walking rather than sitting and eating.

Finding ways to be healthy does not have to cost a lot! Start today with one or two healthy changes!

If you have a healthy routine established, start encouraging your family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers. Perhaps invite someone to join you on a walk or share your carrot sticks, fruit or healthy snack with them!

One quote by Gandhi that I follow in my daily life is "Be the change you wish to see in this world". I try to set a good example and hope that others will do the same. Perhaps a wave of positive peer pressure will move through our circle of influence and spread...

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Vegetarian...for Just ONE Day...You CAN do it!

According to punchbowl.com, October 1 is World Vegetarian Day. Why not try something new, just for a day?

The North American Vegetarian Society is the organizer of this "holiday". Visit their site to learn more about the benefits of a Vegetarian Lifestyle.

Their website also includes tasty recipes. Just for today, try something new. Perhaps you could make vegetarian day a monthly experience, or even a weekly experience. You could make MILLET LOAF rather than meat loaf.

October is World Vegetarian Month. Start with a day...perhaps you will make it a lifestyle choice to avoid animal products in consumer products as well as avoid eating meat. Take the pledge today to investigate how you can incorporate aspects of a vegetarian lifestyle into your routine!