The Center of Disease Control and Prevention ( CDC), the biggest health challenge we have in our times is chronic disease. And by chronic disease, they are talking about arthritis, diabetes, heart disease, asthma, cancer. An astonishing but real statistic, one in every five children (between the ages of 6 and 19) are obese. This concern lead the American Medical Association to label obesity as a disease.
Do you think obesity is a disease?
There is no doubt that obesity is due to poor lifestyle choices: eating, activity level, stressed out life; which in turn results in the above chronic diseases. We have control; holding all the cards to our own optimal health. So why are so many of us obese?
This is Why
- We Eat Too Many Processed Foods
- We Eat Too Much Sugar
- We Don’t Eat Enough Vegetables
This is What We Don’t Do
- We Don’t Exercise
- We Don’t Handle our Stress Well
- We Don’t Sleep Enough
These are all basics things. Simple to change, maybe not overnight, but achievable. I know all of us can eat more vegetables, work on our sleeping patterns, and work on our stress.
Below are a few of my tips.
- Color Every Meal Up: Challenge the family to add color to every plate; kids love this. The color foods not only have nutrients but a good amount of fiber which will fill you up.
- Take 15 minutes: And walk around your neighborhood, take the stairs instead of the elevator and park fall away from where you what to go. It really doesn’t take much and make a profound difference in your health.
- Breath: Take deep breaths to help relief stress. We forget to take deep breaths and end up taking in short breaths through out our day, which alone in itself, is stressful.
- Bedtime Routine: Create one. Sip tea before bed while taking a hot bath. Read a book instead of watching tv.
Have any suggestion? We sure would love to hear them, below in the comments!
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