Monday, February 2, 2009

Mondays Matter: Week 5


from the book Every Monday Matters: 52 Ways to Make A Difference by Matthew Emerzian and Kelly Bozza
EAT HEALTHY
Here are some staggering statistics...
-79% likelihood exists that an overweight child will become an overweight adult.
-snack consumption by children has increased 300% from 20 years ago.
-75% of adults don't eat the recommended daily 5 or more servings of fruits and vegetables
TAKE ACTION STEPS
1. If you suffer from or have a family history of obesity, high blood pressure, heart disease or strokes, consult your doctor for dietary counseling.
2. Every individual is unique in his/her own dietary needs, but here are some ideas...
-eat fewer foods with refined grains and sugars, reduce your intake of fatty foods, eat smaller portions
-eat more dark green veggies, legumes, fruits, whole grains, low-fat milk, and lean meats
-eat slowly so you will feel full before you haveover eaten
-don't use food as a reward for yourself or kids
-develop a routine and eat at similar times each day
-drink plenty of water
-limit snacking
3. Eat to live; don't live to eat.
If you don't want to do it for yourself, do it for those who love you! Just start...one day at a time.
So, I know most of you know this information, but it is good to keep hearing it. So, next time you want to eat that cupcake, or have a soda...you can stop and ask yourself, do I really need this right now? I think I do pretty good at eating the fruit and veggies, but I need to drink more water. This week I am really going to try to always have a glass of water around and chose water instead of my usual diet mountain dew. I think I will feel less sluggish at times during the day and of course it is better for me! When I need a snack, I often turn to whole grain crackers or almonds...heathier and more filling than chocolate! These little changes can make a difference!

2 comments:

delaune michel said...

Hey Stacie,
I just found your blog and really love it. I also get to stay home with my two young sons, and feel so grateful. I love what you put about food. such good reminders. I never drink soda, but my husband just introduced our 5 year old to it, and I wish he hadn't!! But I explained to my son that it isn't good for you, and not something we drink. One tries! I hope you have a great week.

delaune said...

Hey Stacie,
I hadn't read your review, but that was so sweet of you. and how funny that you got the book from bookclubgirl. I love her. Thanks for your sweet note. that's one thing I love about the web; you never know where you'll end up! Glad we're in touch. hope your week is going great.
I am trying to get my kids to stay in bed and go to sleep and it's not working!!