Nutrition, Nature, and Fitness Views

Nutrition Views

My Gram (pictured below) used to say “There is no greater blessing than your health.” When I was younger, the importance of this statement didn’t really register.  When we are kids, we are invisible. Life is great. No worries in the world!

I have slowly grown and evolved to understand and greatly appreciate the importance of that phrase.

I’ve grown to realize how much we can, and should, naturally, control our health. Once we leave the nest of our parents, our health, our basal evolution, is in our hands.  What are you going to do to evolve into a healthier you?

Recently, I have been sticking my nose into hundreds of books, blogs, websites, magazines, etc. Anything I can get my hands on that deals with natural cooking, and life, for that matter.

I am learning how important natural, whole foods are to our health….how we don’t really need supplements if we are eating correctly…and just how messed up our food system really is.

When it boils down to it, you can’t go wrong with unprocessed, whole foods. That is what we were made to eat. You can go wrong with any products that “may cause side effects” or with foods that our great, great grandparents didn’t have available. Throughout my blog, I hope to enlighten you on various topics that are intriguing or important to me.  I hope something reaches out and strikes a chord of importance with you.

Here is Gram- my best friend. Her words of wisdom live on through me.

Whole. Fresh. Organic. Local. Non-GMO….Elements every meal should contain. Words the food industry no longer knows.

Do you realize all the crap you are eating in your boxed food products???  Fast food especially. McNuggets used to be my favorite food on the planet.  Until I realized everything that we are eating could be potentially causing all the health problems that exist today.
What health problems? Let me list a few.

1. We spend 2.2 trillion a year on health care; 5 times more than the defense budget.

2. We pay more per person for health care than any other industrialized country in the world, yet we are sicker than ever….There is no money in healthy people.

3. Diabetes, Heart disease, blood pressure, diet issues that cost this country over 120 billion each year. michelle obama

4. 1,500 people a day die from cancer.

5. 1 person dies in the U.S. every minute from heart disease

6. 40% of Americans today are obsese.

7. 50% are taking prescription drug. (Lipitor (used to treat high cholesterol) is the most prescribed drug.)

8. 1 in 4 4 year olds are obsese.

9. 1 out of 3 people will develop diabetes during lifetime.

10. Millions of others suffer from degenerative diseases.

11. We are masking chronic fatigue with coffee, sugar, and energy drinks.

I believe the answer isn’t another pill. The answer is in the food we consume. A change in diet could prevent and reverse several of our worse diseases.

I have started a new journey…an evolution….in the grocery store. I try to only walk the perimeter.
Instead of looking at the TITLES of foods, I look at the INGREDIENTS. If I come across 1 ingredient I have never heard of, can’t pronounce, or could not find on my great grandmother’s plate, I put the food back on the shelf and continue.
It is my goal to learn the most I can about how we can help change the American diet and ultimately, American’s health…to help educate others on how it is possible to afford whole, natural, fresh foods.
To end this discussion, I leave you with this:

Ingredients:  White boneless chicken, water, food starch-modified, salt, seasoning (autolyzed yeast extract, salt, wheat starch, natural flavoring (botanical source), safflower oil, dextrose, citric acid, rosemary), sodium phosphates, seasoning (canola oil, mono- and diglycerides, extractives of rosemary). Battered and breaded with: water, enriched flour (bleached wheat flour, niacin, reduced iron, thiamin mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid), yellow corn flour, food starch-modified, salt, leavening (baking soda, sodium acid pyrophosphate, sodium aluminum phosphate, monocalcium phosphate, calcium lactate), spices, wheat starch, whey, corn starch. Prepared in vegetable oil (Canola oil, corn oil, soybean oil, hydrogenated soybean oil with TBHQ and citric acid added to preserve freshness). Dimethylpolysiloxane added as an antifoaming agent.
antifoaming??????
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Nature Views
Nature is majestic. Magical. Truly rejuvenating.
Americans are living incredible Nature Deficient Lives. What does this mean? We wrestle out of bed, go directly from our bed to our car that is located in the garage, then head to work, leave work, hit up the gym (if we are lucky!), then back into the garage, into the house, on the couch, and in front of the TV. All to start the whole routine over again.  Never to step one food outside.  (Now obviously this isn’t the case for everyone. But it is the case for a good amount of the working population). 
I think this is one element that a lot of health/diet programs are missing. To include at least 30 minutes of being outdoors every day.
What if I told you that getting outside was actually good for your health?
Richard Louv, author of the Nature Principle, says that a re-connection to the natural world is fundamental to human health, well-being, spirit, and survival.”
A Science Daily article states that connecting with nature is “important for both mental and physical health. Research has shown that people with a greater sense of vitality don’t just have more energy for things they want to do, they are also more resilient to physical illnesses. One of the pathways to health may be to spend more time in natural settings.” – Richard Ryan
I highly encourage you to spend at least 15-30 minutes outdoors every day. Even if it is just stepping out in your back yard, closing your eyes, listening to the sounds, feeling the gentle breeze, and taking a giant breath of fresh air. That moment of “being outside” will be one of the more memorable ones during your day. I promise. You will be surprised by how energized you will feel after your time with nature.

 To keep reading, check out my post on Vitamin N.

More to come.

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Fitness Views

Fitness is one of the most basal elements to our health.

Triathlon 2011

Why?

1. Helps prevent disease– Working out reduces the risk of high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis, etc. Cancer survivors are told to begin (or continue) working out to help avoid the return of tumors. It has also been known to improve your appearance and delay the aging process.

2. Strengthens and tones- When you look good, you feel good, right? And when you feel good, you look good. They go hand in hand!  When you workout, you are developing your muscles, bones, and ligaments that increase your strength, sexy muscle definitions, and even posture!

3. Enhances flexibility- Stretching and some exercises helps reduce the chances of injury, improves balance and coordination, and relieves muscle tension by loosening muscles.

4. Improves endurance- When you workout, your body becomes more energy efficient- training your body to use less energy so you won’t feel as tired during the day. It also results in a low, healthy, resting heart rate.

5. Controls weight- burning cals!

And in my opinion, the most important:

6- Improves the overall quality of your life! Great stress reliever, mood booster, and can even help you sleep better!

I am currently studying to become an ACSM certified personal trainer, I  hope to eventually offer online personal training, workout tips and suggestions, and a few other exciting specialties.

Get excited to evolve!

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