The United States has the highest obesity rates and obesity related diseases.
It is also one of the few countries which allow ads for fast foods and junk food to air on prime time television.
Is it any wonder, with a fast food chain on every city block, that heart disease, diabetes, atherosclerosis, gastrointestinal disorders, asthma, acne, skin disorders, and other diet related diseases are at the highest rates ever, topping most other countries?
By the way, if you are wondering why does hair turn gray then look no further than your diet and the amount of stress in your life.
Now, is there an answer to prepackaged junk foods and fast food restaurants? Yes there is.
You start by getting more physical activity throughout your day as best you can.
You should strive for 30 minutes of sustained physical exercise which includes stretching, weight training, and cardio.
Then, look for little ways to use more energy throughout the day. This may be taking the stairs, walking during lunch breaks, dancing to music while doing housework, or taking up a sport of hobby.
Finally, strive to eat more home cooked foods with at least 50 percent of what you eat being organic raw fruits and vegetables at every meal. Look for ways to eat less packaged foods and less from refined food sources, such as refined fats, sugars, starches, and processed foods.
How do we achieve this?
10 Steps to Achieving A healthy lifestyle
1. Create Goals – Write out your health goals and create a vision of the healthy body and lifestyle you want. Create these goals in increments of 6 weeks. Make sure you are specific, that your goals are measurable, your plan is action-based and that you are being realistic.
2. Make a List – Define all the obstacles in your life which are hindering your goals. Determine which can be fixed right now and which are true hurdles which need a plan. Get rid of excuses.
3. Set Up a Plan – Create a plan to reach each of your goals. Make sure that it is doable and covers solutions of overcoming your obstacles. This plan needs to be flexible and succinct.
4. Journal Experiences – keep a journal of what works, what doesn’t, how you feel, what you eat, and even excuses you made. Use it to celebrate, vent, rejoice, and make notations of what helped you reach those steps or goals.
5. Begin with Honesty – Begin your journey with all honesty of where you are now. Accept where you are in your journey back to health. Sometimes the best way to move forward is to take a step back and make adjustments.
6. One Step at A Time- Don’t get lost in the process of what you are doing. If need be, simply write one single (simple) step down and focus on that. When that is achieved, write down another. Remember to focus on the steps bringing you to well-being and a healthy lifestyle.
7. Remember to Learn – Learn from setbacks, learn from adjustments, learn from failures, learn from what didn’t work. Turn what doesn’t work into what does and use it as momentum to spurn yourself on.
8. Declutter your Life – To make achieving healthy lifestyle goals easier, toss out the activities in your life which are not bringing you closer to your goals.
Toss out clothes that make you feel fat, toss out foods which are not part of your plan. Toss out the idea that a treat is a cheat, or a dinner out is a busted goal.
9. Don’t compare Yourself – This is your journey, not your family’s, not the models on TV, not your coworker’s or your best friend’s.
Don’t compare your personal set of circumstance and particular body composition to that of others. Get real about this and celebrate about being healthier, not looking skinnier or competing with others.
10 . Rewards – Revel in the benefits of cheating on your new way of eating and living. Reward yourself when you do achieve your goals with something fun or delicious.
Take A Clue From the Healthy Countries
The trick to a healthier life in America has to do with incorporating healthy habits into our American lifestyles.
This means getting back to our ancestral roots. America is the country that prepares and cooks the least at home, not to mention is the least healthiest.
We also walk the least out of the countries of the world. Let’s look at other healthier countries and their cultures.
What do they all have in common?
Yes, that’s right, they eat more food at home, they eat more raw fruit and vegetables at home, they eat very little prepackaged food, and they walk almost everywhere.
So our goal here in America is to turn around the current unhealthy American habits we have and start being more like these countries that are by all accounts more healthy than we are.
More Health Issues we Need to Consider
As you well know, water is such an important aspect of our health and we should do everything in our power to drink as much clean water as we can every day.
A friend of mine has a Water Softener Company who produce water softeners, reverse osmosis systems and water filtration options to improve water quality for general use. So go check out his site to get more details about these water quality products.
In this article we talked about the health issues plaguing the United States and how we can look to other countries for answers to these problem.
In future articles we will be discussing in more depth, things that we as individuals need to do to get and stay healthy.