from the book Every Monday Matters: 52 Ways to Make A Difference by Matthew Emerzian and Kelly Bozza
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
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!