Eating and physical activity patterns that are focused on consuming fewer calories, making informed food choices, and being physically active can help people attain and maintain a healthy weight, reduce their risk of chronic disease, and promote overall health.—Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010, Executive Summary
Did you know that March was National Nutrition Month?
Originally "National Nutrition Week" was a week-long event (started in 1973) but eventually became a month-long observance in 1980 in response to growing public interest in nutrition.
Actually until I jumped into this business 3 years ago, I really had no idea that there was such a public push for awareness and support of healthy lifestyles. Not that these in any way compare to the billions of dollars spent on the marketing of unhealthy foods and unhealthy habits of course.
And then of course is the whole motivation, commitment, discipline thing. That is admittedly something I struggle with regularly. Kids, work, family, church - who has time to work out? And oh by the way, wouldn't a chocolate brownie go very nicely with my coffee this morning?
I think I lead a fairly healthy lifestyle - You may be surprised to know that I tend to walk more than anything else. I wish I could say it was just for the physical benefits. But it actually makes my quality of life better, allowing me to think and pray in an uninterrupted, focused way that energizes my spirit. When you're an introvert like me, that time is precious and cannot be ignored.
So, the walking part is pretty constant - but the other activities, lifting weights, running, going to the gym, dancing (smile), those come in spurts. I try to mix things up with a new exercise plan every few months just to keep my interest up but there are times (usually early spring) where I just don't feel like it!
But sooner or later, I am reminded of how blessed I am. How much God has given me and that to not take care of my body is like saying I'm not grateful to Him for the gift of life. I also know how much I want to be here with my family - actively participating and enjoying life for many, many years to come.
So I'm back to the realization that an occasional brownie is ok, but this March I'm going to replace the brownies with apples and raisins and maybe a few almonds. This month I'll be sharing quick & easy tips that real people with busy lives can incorporate into their lives without a whole lotta fuss.
After all, this year is off to a really good start, and I have LOTS of work to do. So I'll need all the energy I can get :)
Be well & Be Blessed,