So, I believe at this point it is common knowledge that the best gift, the longest lasting gift we can give ourselves and others for that matter is the gift of good health.
It seems as if more than ever before…
we have all the information needed to live a life that is healthy and whole. Why is it then that obesity and weight gain is more prevalent the ever before? It is truly a very sad reality that just cannot be ignored any longer. As I look around me, I see friends and family that are wrought with excess weight. I’m confident it’s not a matter of not knowing that they carry extra weight but the internal struggle and dialog that keeps them tied down. Food is all around us in every nook and cranny of our lives. Have you ever gone to the furniture store to enjoy tea time? Most likely the answer is “No” and yet, we walk in to the furniture store and there on the counter is a plate of chocolate chip cookies so, what do we do? We reach for one or two or three depending on how long we are there? This is all to common and is one example of how yummy treats are before us all the time.It becomes a thoughtless pattern to partake because we see it.
Certainly we cannot just stop eating
That’s not an option in the same way someone can decide to stop drinking or stop smoking. Therefore, we eat and console and entertain…with food. There must be another way. The rule of thumb is that 80% of the weight loss battles comes from dealing with the food you eat and 20% from exercise. Therefore, that’s the first course of action. To deal with what we put in our mouths. As I heard it said, “You can’t out run your fork.”
So, what is a person to do?
Sometimes you have to get extra help. I found a product called Meratol that allows you to eat the same foods but not in the same quantities! That’s the key. Not so much! However, it is also about eating healthy, fresh and local foods. Lots of vegetables and fruits that give the nutrition that we need to feel more satiated and full.
How about exercise?
Well, it used to be touted that the best way to lose weight was to walk for an hour, do aerobics for an hour, run for an hour AND bike for an hour What we are finding now is that if we walk for fun or to walk the dogs, if we go for a leisurely bike ride with the family and enjoy each other’s company or go for a swim on a hot summer day and then maybe lift some heavy things 3 times a week, then we will find the healthy body we are looking for as well as the healthy mind and soul! The fresh air feels good on our faces and cleans out our lungs. Refreshes us.
And let’s not forget good fresh water!
Lots of it. I like to drink about a gallon a day of room temperature filtered water. I have a green, quart sized mason jar sitting next to me all day to help me finish all of my water. It helps!! I can usually consume at least 1 full gallon of water a day. This helps so amazingly to keep your appetite at bay and also to rid your body of toxins. It may not be fancy, but it does seem to work!
Good Luck on your journey to good health!