7 Truths About Your Health Responsibility

Reports are flooding the airwaves about the growing obesity problem in the US. Apparently a new report shows that 28 US States show increases in obesity rates in adults.  With that are growing rates of diseases brought on by lack of healthy living.

I doubt if anyone is not affected by this issue in some way. If not personally, at least someone you know has a problem with obesity and related diseases. The difficult thing about obesity related diseases is that the cure requires a lifestyle change. Medical doctors are often at a loss on how to get patients to have the discipline to change what is habitual in their lives.  The other unfortunate thing is that the motivation to make the change often only comes when it is almost too late.

Here are 7 important truths to recognize about living a healthier lifestyle.   

1. Health Issues Strike Everyone

My father was a mortician and he used to say that, “Death is no respector of person.”  What that meant is that at some point, everyone would face death in some way.  It might sound morbid but when you think of it, it is just a part of life.  The thing is you don’t have to rush to get to what’s going to happen in its own time.  Not taking care of yourself is another way to experience how health issues have no respect for individuals. Problems brought on by wrong lifestyle choices don’t care about your income, skin color, position in life or any other factor.  If you abuse your health you will suffer the consequences the same as anyone else. Lifestyle choices related to health can be changed. It takes responsibility and discipline but it can be done.

2. You Control Your Body

Unless you are in dire circumstances, most responsible, independent adults are in a position to be in control of their body.  If you haven’t known about food choices or not had the ability to select what to put into your mouth, it’s time to start taking on that responsibility.  Learn what’s healthy and what’s not then decide to add what’s healthy to your diet. Start moving about and exercising, be positive and think about what you can contribute to the future of your world. You have control over you, so stop making excuses when you really don’t have any to make.

3. Put Yourself to Bed

Rest is a vital component to health. Many professionals brag about their ability to stay up for hours on end working on projects.  Sure there will be times when long hours are necessary. But making it a habit can lead to serious consequences. A lack of sleep means being less productive and less effective overall. It is better to give your brain rest instead of wearing it out early.  Sleep is a way to replenish the body and make it stronger. A lack of sleep can be a trigger for high blood pressure or even a heart attack. The body needs rest.  It might take some time to get back into a normal sleep pattern but this is imperative for better health.

4. Start Exercising

Do you wonder why every President tries to show that nation that they are exercising?  It’s no secret that being active keeps a person healthy.  Leaders don’t show off their exercise routine solely for a photo opportunity.  It’s to influence the citizens to do the same. If the busiest person in the nation can spend time exercising, what’s your excuse?  Twenty to 30 minutes a day in deliberate movement is not too much to ask.  Walk a longer distance, take the stairs, pump some iron, or go dancing.  Just get that heart pumping and muscles working to get your body in shape.

5. Drink More Water

The human body is comprised of over 80% water.  As soon as you feel thirsty, your body is starting to become dehydrated.  Drinking water is often a problem for people in the workplace who can’t always get up and go the public restroom; but this is an important part of staying healthy and productive. Drinking up to eight glasses of water a day is imperative for health. If you can, bring your own water pitcher with a filter to work.  Knowing how much water is in the picture is a great way to measure how much you drink at work and how much you drink during the rest of the day. Try this for a week and you’ll have noticeable differences in how you feel. 

6. Get a Check Up

In order to know your base-line health situation, get a full medical check-up. Then you’ll know where to start with a health and wellness program.  If you have been sitting around not exercising, don’t just jump up all at once and try to run a marathon.  Find out where you are medically so you start in a reasonable manner with a new health and wellness program.  Hopefully, you will get a good report but even if you are on the verge of having health issues, knowing the problem is the first step to changing things around.

7.  Get a Health and Wellness Coach

Health and wellness coaching is a growing profession that’s here to stay and. As people start to recognize the need to take responsibility for their own health, they are looking for the support to change bad habits and an unhealthy life style. Health and wellness coaches are experts at helping you with nutrition, eating habits, exercise, and weight control among other things.  Find a person that will work with your schedule, lifestyle and particular needs. 

These 7 steps are the beginning of taking care of your health.  You have the responsibility for your body and health.  It doesn’t matter how important your position, or how smart you are. If you don’t live healthy you won’t be able to share your gifts with the world.  It’s time to get off the treadmill of life and start living healthy.

Big Belly Syndrome

I read an interesting article today about the dangers of having a big belly. It’s particularly dangerous the older you get. Apparently, having a large waist will take up to 10 years off of your life. That’s pretty sobering as a majority of Americans are considered to be obese.

I don’t happen to have a tape measure right now or I’d do a quick measurement. of course I wouldn’t post it on this website but I’d give a type of report to let you kow what’s going on. It’s a bit late at night but I really wanted to get this information down.

I know too many people that have the Big Belly Syndrome and don’t know what to do about it. let me give you a hint aobut why this happens. First of all, let me put in the disclaimer that I don’t kwo if there is such as thing a Big Belly Syndrome; I just made it up. But that stomach that sticks out past your breast is what I mean.

Let me give you an example of why this could happen. I just went through a 7 day raw foods cleanse and detox of coffee. In that time, my digestion improved, taste buds became more sensitive, food became a new excitement. I also got off of white sugar.

Well, I had company over the weekend and they wanted to try the cakes at Madonna Inn so off we go; four of us ordering a slice that we each wanted. I thought I was being good because I ate my slice over two days. Well tonight, I have a first hand knowledge of what brings on big belly syndrome – white sugar.

As of tonight my stomach is growing bigger again and I’m so disappointed. All of that hard work seems to have gone down the drain. I guess I have to confess to sneaking some baked potato chips too. Even though baked, it was too much sodium.

All of this white sugar and artificial seaonings is death to a flat stomach. Don’t eat these – I tell you, if there’s any motivation to get off of white sugar it’s to keep a flat stomach.

Well, tomorow I’m going to look up that article and give you a link. This is the reason to really pay attention and think of health prior to stuffing anything into your face. Is it worth dying 10 years early just to eat sweets? Is it worth being sick?

I know there’s more to it than just stopping. There’s stress and the craves that goes along wtih it. Managing stress is the first thing to do to keep from craving sweets. Start charting what makes you go for that piece of cake. It’s not just becuase it was Sunday and everyone was around. It was because of the conversations happening that day, the stress of what was coming on Monday and feeling out of control. Certain words had been spoken that weren’t too kind; that increased tension in my body.

I didn’t take time to assess this in myself and bring myself into a peaceful place. Instead, I went for hte white flour and white sugar; something comfortable and recognizable. But I pay the price now.

Learning to take control of your health means learning to chart behaviors, recognize them and change them. At least I’m more aware although it took some time to realize that. Learn from this experience, and start being more conscious of your emotions and what triggers a sugar binge. More later.

Sneaking Sugar at the Fair

We went to the local Fair this evening. I’ve been wanting to go and sneak a cotton candy ever since I saw Bethany Frankel have some on her show, “Bethany Getting Married?” (Yes, I watch it; it’s an enjoyable distracton).

After walking the entire fair, I couldn’t find one cotton candy vendor. Maybe they don’t make it anymore, or maybe they just don’t sell it at our local Fair. Well, I found a moment to get off on my own in the Commerce Display Building and lo and behold, there it was. A candy display with vanilla fudge.

I always think things go better with fudge; so I ordered a 1/4 pound piece for $3.50. The amount really was too much to pay the amount given I was desparate; or so I thought. I walked around the corner while my husband was deeply entrenched in learning about some item from another vendor. Hiding the fudge in my purse, I pulled off bits and pieces, savoring them as I walked. However, I did notice something distinct.

I’d figured the fudge was fresh but it just didn’t taste as good as I remembered. I could taste the artificial flavorings and it was too sweet. I kept thinking of the headache I expected to get and wondered how many calories I was consuming with that one piece of unnecessary candy.

Things had really changed. After that, nothing looked good. I shared a few bites of a Jalepeno and Cheese Pretzel fresh out of the oven that my husband got and left it at that. By the time I got home, the stomach ache started, the gurgling deep inside and reality hit. Guess my stomach didn’t want to house a so-called treat that was full of white sugar and artificial flavorings. The pretzel probably didn’t help either.

But I learned a painful yet needful lesson. I’ve gone through steps to start changing my body dynamics. I don’t like going backwards in life so I have to move forward. What was noticably obvious was that there was little to nothing to eat for a person who is seeking to be healthy at the Fair. Sweets, salt, sugar, syrup were the main fare. All I found was roasted corn on the cob and the pretzels but that was about it. Some vendors had a few items; a bag of natural almounds among the sugar coated, salted ones. Even the roasted peanuts are gone.

There’s a great opportunity to explore for the food entrepreneur.

The Humungous Veggie Salad

Here’s the vegetable salad I keep around constantly. It goes with absolutely everything.

The quantities of each vegetable are not exact.

I list the vegetables that I use in the standard salad then list others you can use to “lighten” it up, change the dominant tastes, or create a full meal according to your tastes.

Experiment with the amounts of the various vegetables to get the quantities that work for you.

Basic HVS
These vegetables make up the basic salad. This can last for 5 to 7 days in the refrigerator without getting wilted.

Green cabbage
Red Cabbage
Red Pepper
Green Pepper
Fresh Herbs (Cilantro, basil, thyme,

Additional vegetables
These vegetables can get soft or discolored quicker. That mean you have to eat the salad quicker. You can add these on any day to change the taste of the basic mix.

shredded broccoli

Toppings are optional. This is what makes this salad versatile enough to be the base of a fully meal, 7 days a week.

Nuts or seeds
Left-over meat, fish, chicken
Roasted vegetables
Cooked vegetables
Whatever else you have.

These go from simple to complex. The tastes are so good, you can eat this salad with no dressings. I started with bottled dressings and now use a simple squeeze of fresh lemon. Sometimes I add some Olive Oil. Another alternative is a great balsamic vinegar. Of course, you can use your favorite low fat dressing.

Wash all of the vegetables and thinly shred them with a knife. This lets them come out in thin layers that are fun to eat. You can also shred by hand, chop in chunks or “break” some of the vegetables.

Use more or your favorites and change things up a bit. Try new tastes by adding other favorite vegetables I’ve forgotten here. If it’s something you eat raw, it can go into the basic salad. If it’s cooked, add as a topping for a special meal.

As a Side Dish
I serve a version of this salad almost everyday. You can add anything else in your meal. To make it a side dish, serve a portion with your cooked protein (meat, fish, chicken, beans). It goes with ethnic foods and vegetarian delights.

Keep this around on a regular basis. It’s crunchy and satisfying. Depending on other meals, you can use this and start to naturally lose weight by making it your staple meal of the day or by eating more of this than other, higher calorie foods.

Let me know how you like it.

29 Benefits of Better Nutrition

1. Waking up without having to be dependent on a drug called caffeine.

2. Waking up and knowing where you are because your mind in clear.

3. Waking up without blurry eyes becuse the natural tears are in order.

4. Seeing your stomach get flatter.

5. Being able to go to the bathroom with ease!

6. Watching your skin clear up and look smoother.

7. Having a better, deeper sleep.

8. Naturally eating less.

9. Naturally wanting to eat better, healthier foods.

10. Sores, wounds, healing quicker, faster.

11. Fingernails getting stronger.

12. Watching your hair grow out and get thicker.

13. Having enough energy to exercise each day.

14. Trying new recipes because you want to try new vegetables.

15. Ready to try new ideas and concepts.

16. Feeling the effects of drinking more water

17. Naturally being attracted to foods that digest better in your body.

18. Having a better disposition.

19. Getting along better with others.

20. Realizing that the stress levels are going down.

21. Feeling that you CAN do what you want.

22. Going more places without feeling so tired.

23. Starting to feel emotionally balanced.

24. Able to make a decision and stick to it.

25. Cleaning up.

26. Smiling more.

27. Being more calm.

28. Accomplishing things and finishing what’s undone.

29. Being present in the now instead of being stuck in the past.