America had been rated the most obese nation for some time, but the rest of the world is catching up fast. (See Article “A Third of the World is Now Obese or Overweight.”) "It's pretty grim," said Christopher Murray of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington, who reviewed more than 1,700 studies in188 countries from 1980 to 2013. "When we realized that not a single country has had a significant decline in obesity, that tells you how hard a challenge this is." People are addicted to the good feeling that sugar brings. It's killing us, and now we're exporting it to other nations.
The US has been exporting processed foods to other nations that absolutely love it as much as we do. With the added sugar circling the globe, it is no wonder the world weighs more now than ever.
So what do we do? One person cannot reverse a worldwide epidemic, but I can change my life and perhaps that will have a ripple effect on the people around me that I love, like my kids. Here is my Ten Simple Ideas to bringing balance to my health.
- I will read labels and learn what is in everything I eat especially words ending in “ose” since that is usually a sugar in disguise
- I will keep an open mind and learn new ways of eating that may be strange at first, such as trying a kale smoothie
- I will read the latest research on being healthier
- I will move more and watch less (TV, Computer, Cell Phone)
- I will process my feelings instead of dunking them with Oreos in milk alone late at night
- I will find ways to reward myself that does not include food: long walks at the beach, movies, dance lessons, new earrings, or a massage
- I will no longer trust Big Food Companies that what they call “natural wholesome food” is good for me (See Step #1)
- I will drink at least 6 glasses of water a day to avoid dehydration. Many people eat because they are thirsty
- I will have at least five fruits and vegetables everyday in my refrigerator washed, cut and ready to eat and I will be sure to nibble on them all day long.
- Finally, I will decide what my absolute favorite sweets are and enjoy them completely, rarely, and guilt free: Oreos, Kilwin’s Peppermint Chip Ice Cream cones, and Dove Dark Chocolates are mine. This will keep me from feeling deprived and on a “diet”
That is my plan for a healthier life. It is not found in any book because I took an ounce from everyone and made my own pound. (Finally a pound I can use!)
Start a revolution and make up your own list of what will get you to a healthier, happier life. Then follow your plan as though your life depends on it…because it just might.
Reach Out Recovery Exclusive By: Nadine Knapp