Monday, April 2, 2012

Healthy quotes...Day 2 of Health Activists Writers Month Challenge!

"The better nutrition you have, the better life you have"

I wrote this quote down a few weeks ago but failed to write the author down. My bad. This quote made an impression on me because of the simplicity but relevance it has on our population. It is so simple-  fuel your body with healthy food and your life will be better.

What does it mean by better? My interpretation and experience is that a person will have more energy and strength, will likely sleep better and have a better mood.

So how does a person just "have better nutrition" ? Start simply with with small steps. A few ideas include: Stay out of the middle aisles in the grocery store and only choose your food from the perimeter of the grocery store which usually holds only the whole grains, produce, meats and dairy products. Remembering to go leaner with meats by cutting off visible chunks of fat and choosing poultry without the skin. Incorporating more fish into the diet to reap the benefits of Omega-3 fatty acids. Including at least 5-9 servings of fruits and/or vegetables per day with a rainbow of color on your plate. Choosing low-fat dairy products and organic dairy as often as your income allows. Including whole grains as much as possible. Avoiding the processed and chemically laden foods that pollute the middle aisles of the grocery store.
Once you bring the healthy foods home, rid the kitchen of deep fryers and saturating food in oil for cooking. Stick with grilling, baking, poaching or broiling as much as possible. Try to go meatless on Mondays in order to incorporate a more plant based diet which is richer in vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals than a regular diet.
Become more physically active. Adults should be active at least 1 hour per day and children should be active at least 30 minutes per day, most days of the week.
If you have children think about what they eat as well. They will likely mimic the eating behaviour that they see with you. Make it a point to have more family meals together.

The more that you think about nutrition the more it will positively influence your behaviour and life.

Good luck and be healthy!

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