The path towards health includes eating real food along with getting plenty of exercise and are probably the two most important things that we can do for our physical and mental health. Sadly, for a lot people that’s not the norm. With our busy lifestyles its easy to let both of these slip towards the back of the priority list isn’t it? I know I struggle with it and bet most of you do too.
For those wanting to begin making better, healthier choices for themselves and their family begin first by taking steps to educate yourself on the benefits of eating REAL food and getting plenty of exercise, along with learning about the dangers and risks involved of not doing so. It may be just the motivation you need to make any necessary changes needed. Eating highly processed foods which may contain harmful additives and chemicals, growth promoters and/or GMO ingredients along with living a sedentary lifestyle is literally killing us and leading to a whole host of problems.
The Dangers and Risks of Highly Processed Foods
Many of the foods that Americans consume everyday have actually been banned in other countries. Why? Because these highly processed foods are full of toxic chemicals and many don’t even consider it eating real food. View the videos in the following YouTube playlist below as they reveal just a small fraction of what these so-called “foods” contain and their dangers.
The Health Benefits of Walking
Our sedentary lifestyle is literally killing us. The following YouTube playlist Walking Revolution explores the tremendous changes a regular walking routine can make in your life and community.
The health benefits of walking are numerous as the following short 8-min version of Walking Revolution by EveryBodyWalk.org reveals. According to this film, regular walking routine of 30-minutes a day, five days a week can help prevent heart disease, diabetes, depression and some cancers. I hope you will invest the time to watch the full length 30 minute version of the film, and then take a 30 minute walk. It will be the best hour of the day.
“We’re starting to shift away from away from looking at health as disease and illness and look at health as wellness and prevention.”- Regina M. Benjamin, MD, MBA; Surgeon General of the United States (2009-2013)
I shared the following information in my April newsletter but felt it’s a perfect fit for this topic so I’m including it here in this blog post too. I want to give you as many tools as possible to help you start making better, smarter decisions. For those of you with smart phones I believe you’ll find these phone apps very helpful. And for those of you with what I like to call “dumb” phones it’s reason to upgrade your phone, just in case you needed another reason.
Become a Smart Shopper
My first preference is to find sate, natural alternatives for my family’s needs so I was excited to learn about some smart phone apps this month that can help all of us make wiser decisions when shopping.
You’re probably familiar with the saying “You are what you eat”, right? Did you also know that our skin is our largest organ? This means that ANYTHING that we put on our skin is going to be absorbed into our bodies, including any toxic chemicals they contain. Everything that we eat, drink or apply needs to be processed by our liver. It may seem weird but I want you to think creams, lotions, make-up, deodorant, bath soap, shampoos, body washes, bubble baths, etc… and yes, even perfumes and ALL the chemicals they contain will have to be processed by our liver. Pretty scary thought isn’t it? Not to worry though because finding out what is in our food or the products we buy is a whole lot easier with the phone apps I found recently.
I really want to encourage you to look at the ingredients in your products the next time you go shopping and see what’s in them. The smart phone apps below will make this a whole lot easier than standing there squinting and trying to read the fine lettering on the labels. Be sure you’re putting the best there is on your skin and in your body.
Even if you’re already checking labels, be prepared and download these smart phone apps now so that you can use them the next time you go shopping.
SMART PHONE APPS
EWG Skin Deep: http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/
“The American government doesn’t require health studies or pre-market testing of the chemicals in personal care products, even though just about everyone is exposed to them. Through Skin Deep, we put the power of information in consumers’ hands. When you know what’s in the products you bring into your home and how those chemicals may affect your health and the environment, you can make informed purchasing decisions — and help transform the marketplace. At the same time, we advocate responsible corporate and governmental policies to protect the most vulnerable among us.”
EWG: Food Scores: http://www.ewg.org/foodscores?inlist=Y&sdi=1
EWG’s Food Scores is especially useful for all those aisles of packaged, plastic-wrapped, canned and frozen items. Americans have plenty of choices. We’d like to help you make good ones.
Eat better. Lose weight. Be healthy. Use the free Fooducate app to achieve your diet, health, and fitness goals.
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