The more and more I think about obesity and health in America, the more I get angry. Why? Because everyone talks about eating healthy, getting in shape and then opts for a bag of nonsense. I recently took a trip to Whole Foods and learned that there is no high fructose corn syrup in any products inside their store. (High fructose is basically satan.) Grocery stores are starting to take notice, so I think we as a society should do the same. Now I am not saying you can't eat junk one day per week. Fine, have your nonsense on a Saturday night as you watch whatever show on your laptop. (television sets for your baby boomers) But, after that one day, put it away or throw it away.
I can't sit on the sidelines anymore and watch people gorge themselves to death. As someone who has tried to live a healthy life the past 4 years or so, it takes time. It takes a lot of questions, research and a lot of water. I had days where I ate garbage, and I felt like it soon after. But eventually, I began to care about my waistline and health in general. I don't really know why I decided to write this post considering I think of health as an extremely personal matter, but I do care about people. I care about my friends and family who continue to ignore the benefits of a healthy lifestyle. This blog post isn't about being non-vegan, vegan and almost vegan. (I am currently developing an e-Guide on the last label so stay tuned.) This is not about working out or not working out (as I don't work out as much as I should either). It's just about recognizing what you should be eating and drinking more and why you should be doing so.
I don't think I am a mean person and don't want to be looked at as one through this post, but health is becoming more important for me. Why? Because it's the one thing I have complete control over in my life. I can't control people and what they think about me, but I can control what I eat and how I feel. But enough ranting, let's get to three easy things you can do to become better and feel better.
First, throw out every can of soda in your house or drink it and don't buy it for another 3 weeks to see how you feel. (it's legit empty calories) If you are going to keep any alcohol or soda, limit your consumption to once a week to treat yourself after a long week of hearing your boss and co-workers complain about how busy they have been. (as if you aren't) Life's about moderation so go have a glass of white wine or that margarita when you go out to eat. If you are going to drink beer, then once a week is cool. Again, this post is for people who might even care just a little about their health, as I don't think someone who is completely uninterested would read this post. If so, carry on.
Second, up your water intake. Drink a glass when you get up, two when you are at your desk at work until lunch and one at lunch. (I know you are at a desk throughout the day, as most of us are.) That has you at 4 glasses of water already. Now drink a few more glasses and then have some more water at dinner. You're at about 7 or 8 at that point and should be set for the rest of the day. Fruits, vegetables and so many foods have water in them already, and adding that 8 glasses will make you feel refreshed and prevent things like headaches. (those suck)
Lastly, limit or cut out your fried food intake. This one MAY be the hardest because fried food tastes so good. Especially our friends french fries from the potato category. Whether those golden guys are steak, crinkled, curly, cajun or skinny fries, they are delicious. They are everywhere, especially when you go out to eat. (but that doesn't mean you have to eat them) Try to limit those to once every 2 weeks. If you do get fries, opt for sweet potato fries. They are somewhat better for you, albeit still fried, but you can walk out of whatever restaurant with your head held a little higher. If you are at home, try cutting red potatoes with lemon pepper and coat them in extra virgin olive oil. You can even easily pan sear them until browned, and they taste just as good. That said, I hope you have been able to learn something as you sit on your couch and read this and apply it to your own life. Let me know if you plan to finally bake that potato instead of being one.