Healthy Weight Loss – It’s Not Just the Destination, It’s the Journey of Healthy Choices

We used to say: “I come from bad genetics; it runs in the family; my thyroid isn’t working right or the old favorite, it was Mamma’s fault – that was just the way we ate back then.” Well, today it is not only the way and what we eat but the average lifestyle in the USA. What are healthy choices? And why are so many weight loss programs definitely not healthy weight loss plans for life?

As we explore the average lifestyle in the times we live, you can easily see how counterproductive to healthy living it is.

If an infant is overfed and has rapid weight gain, especially during the first three months, there normally are lifelong health issues resulting. There are higher than normal type 2 diabetics, heart problems and metabolic issues that lead to poor health.

In the world now, by age 5, there are over 22 million obese children. In the US the amount is staggering. So much life style choices go into this all along the way. We see teens fighting the weight and health battle and on into adulthood, the habits just roll on. Now we find 60% of adults hitting the scale overweight or obese, meaning 100# or more overweight for their height, age, body frame and sex.

Health and Wellness – and a Lifestyle that Supports it

Food Choice and How We Eat:

• Normally 2 out of 3 meals are eaten outside of the home every day and 1 in 4 is from a fast food eatery. You know the ones that line the roads we drive, with signs and symbols that every child soon learns to spot. Then they vent the smells of cooking foods into the air giving a ‘come hither’ call.

• Do you know the most common vegetable eaten today, believe it or not, it’s the French fry. This does not lead to healthy weight loss.

• If we don’t turn our life choices around, will find obesity will bypass the health issues of smoking that leads to preventable death.

• What happened to the dinner table where people gathered to have a real food dinner? Most families don’t eat together anymore, everyone on the run. Fact is when you eat on the run, a person tends to gulp the food and it is easy to not only overeat but to make very poor food choices.

The Food Pyramid:

Over the last 30 years it has turned almost upside down. Did you know that to stay healthy as an adult, you need the following?

• 6-11 servings of whole grain bread, cereals, brown rice and pasta.
• 2-4 servings of fresh fruit.
• 3-5 servings of fresh vegetables
• 2-3 servings of dairy in milk, yogurt and cheeses.
• 2-3 servings of meat, poultry, fish, dry beans, nuts and eggs.
• Fats, Sweets and Oils need to be used sparingly. Each person now consumes 135# of sugar on an average.

It is one thing not to know where the problem lies, but when we know, it becomes a matter of wanting to change daily habits. Developing a long term life style plan for Health and Wellness begins with one small step.

Steps to Consider in a Health and Wellness Life Style:

Plan the menus for a week, including each meal and snacks. Always allow extra fruits and vegetables. Talk it over with the family so it becomes a family planning issue, let their voice be heard and look for healthy ways to meet the needs. Turn the researching into a fun family project.

Pre-planning and shopping only once a week means you will not only save a substantial amount of money but also you will know that everyone in the family has meals they have taken part in planning. Keeping choices and not feeling deprived is essential. Look for those snack foods too like popcorn without butter, there are some nice spices and butter alternatives that are very tasty.

Shopping Tips for Healthy Choices:

• Do your best to purchase organic and produce that is grown locally.
• If you can’t buy organic, then just do as much as possible.
• When you go into a grocery store, basically shop just the outer rim of the store. There you will find you dairy, eggs, fruits and vegetables, meats and sea foods and often the health food section where you can make some excellent choices.
• When choosing anything that isn’t fresh, READ the label. If there is anything you can’t read, don’t buy it.
• Be sure to stock up on the staples of beans and rice. There are many interesting types of beans and rice.
• Cut the sugar out of your food plan and go to honey, only if you are serious about your health for you and your family.

Yes I am proposing some major changes. Think about it, how healthy you want your life to be and what example do you want to set for your children. Sometimes radical changes for healthy choices with a strong intent and for the right reason works; for others it may need to be a more gradual change. That is for you and your family to decide. Healthy weight loss over time and done because you really want to feel better, move easier and live with more zest, well, that is worth taking the plunge for. Here is to your health.

Tana Hamiter
Skype Me: nancy.tana.hamiter

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