I ran into Walmart real quick (which is not possible) to pick up some school supplies. As I stood in line waiting for a cashier, I could not help but notice everyone was “back to school” shopping for their kid’s lunches and dinners for the first week of school. Let me tell you, I am not surprised that America is over weight, nor am I surprised that people are on prescriptions for allergies, ADD, high blood pressure, etc. The baskets were filled to the top with convenient foods like chips, cookies, waffles, cokes, Gatorade, and Lunchables. This is NOT real food and we are feeding it to our family! As a society we are trading our health for convenience and then wonder why we are fat and sick. Once we are sick, we expect the medical field to “fix” us but instead they put us on medication to treat the symptom and never fix the cause!
Being in the wellness industry, I often hear people say they would love to eat better, and change their diet and lifestyle, but they just can’t afford it. They claim that wellness is too expensive! They are wrong. Illness is expensive!
I want to give you a few tips that you can change today and will make a HUGE impact on your health.
1. Drink water. If you make ONE change, this needs to be it. As soon as you wake up in the morning, drink an eight ounce class of water on an empty stomach. Drink water all day long. If you need extra flavor add lemon or lime to your water. There is NO substitute for water. Read this post about the importance of water.
2. Eliminate all sodas, diet drinks, and sports drinks. They are FULL of sugar. Sugar is 8 times as addictive as cocaine and is the liquid sugar (ie. sports drinks, etc) is even worse! Instead drink water. You can also drink unsweet tea on occasion. These two posts are a must read:
3. Eat real food. Real food consists of fruits and vegetables (fresh or frozen, not canned), meat (not frozen nuggets), and eggs. Educate yourself on what you are putting in your body. Chips are not real. Chicken nuggets from McDonald’s are not real. (This post is a must read!)
Make it a goal to eat fresh or frozen vegetables at every meal. Instead of grabbing a bag of chips that costs $3.50, grab a head of lettuce and a tomato then make a salad. That salad costs less than a bag of chips! If you want to feed your kids waffles for breakfast, make them from scratch and freeze a batch. Serve with real maple syrup. If you want a snack, make popcorn on the stove instead of microwave popcorn, which is full of horrible chemicals. Popcorn kernels are cheaper than microwave popcorn.
4. Get 8 hours of sleep every night. Most Americans are sleep deprived. Your body produces extra protein molecules while you’re sleeping and those molecules help strengthen your ability to fight infection and stay healthy. Sleep deprivation alters immune function, including the formation and activity of the body’s “killer” cells.
If you struggle sleeping, take a relaxing bath. Turn off computers and cells phones 2 hours before bedtime. Don’t drink caffeine after noon. Tonight, turn off cell phones, computers and TV’s and sleep! (You can read more information about the importance of sleep here.)
This is not an exhaustive list. I kept things simple and very doable. The first step is deciding that you want to change your life, the next step is doing it.
At K6 Wellness Center, we are here to help you on your journey to good health. Please feel free to leave a question or a comment.