Health & Nutrition

February 24, 2012

Eeny, meeny, miny, moe…

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photo by Lori Greig

Choice, some times it is easy and sometimes it isn’t. And when it comes to our health it can become especially complicated; however, it doesn’t have to be…all you have to do is choose…

Eeny (aka excuse one): I don’t have time

You don’t have time because you choose to not have time. You could set your alarm just 15 minutes earlier and agree to stretch for the first 10 minutes of each day. You could start walking the last 15 minutes of your lunch hour. You could chose to skip one of your favorite TV shows and use that time to start walking or pop in any of the workout DVDs gathering dust.

Meeny (excuse two): I eat healthy, I eat salads

Just because you eat a salad doesn’t make it a healthy salad. If your salad normally comes slathered in dressing, you are eating far more calories than you probably think. Salad dressing is high in calories and fat. On your next salad, take control and choose to have the dressing on the side or be a rebel and ask for no dressing. Instead of dressing ask for some lemon wedges and squeeze them over the greens for added bite. Other things to order on the side include cheese and any other high calorie – high fat add-ins.

Miny (excuse three): I’m too tired

Exercise boosts your energy and helps your body become more proficient at delivery oxygen all around. Instead of laying down for a nap or sitting on the couch, choose a short work out. You’ll feel energized and better for just doing it. Of course you should consult your doctor before starting any exercise program and if your tiredness is constant.

Moe (excuse four): It’s expensive

Yes, joining a gym and eating organic can be costly. However, you don’t have to join a gym to go walk or run outside. Fresh fruit and vegetables could be as close as your local farmer’s market. Try planning your meals on a weekly basis to take advantage of foods in season. When the weekly grocery flyer arrives, check to see what is on sale in the produce section and choose to substitute a new vegetable for something on your list. For instance, if you normally buy a pack of cookies, on your next trip try passing the cookie aisle and picking up a vegetable or fruit instead. If they have red bell peppers on sale, grab some and enjoy as a mid afternoon snack. Sweet red bell peppers are high in vitamins C and A.

 

Living healthy is about choice.

All it takes is the first step.

What do you choose?

Next month, March, is nutrition month and we want to write about what’s on your mind.

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