What are we feeding our kids – and ourselves??!

29 03 2009

I watched this video on youtube the other day and I was shocked. It’s about a woman who has saved a hamburger from McDonald’s for 4 years and travels around showing what has happened to it over the years – or rather, what has NOT happened to it. It looks totally fine! I was unbelievably shocked, and realized how many different chemicals they must put in there for it to be able not to have any mold or other signs of aging after that many years! Watch the video:

When talking about obesity, which unfortunately is becoming more and more common in today’s world, I always wonder how people can actually let themselves go like that. I’ve had my own ups and downs with my weight, but I’ve never been really overweight, and certainly not obese, so I wouldn’t know exactly how that feels. But I do know how easy it can be to just give up. I know what it feels like to struggle not to eat too much, or certain things. But over the past few years I’ve become aware that diets are not the way to go. Sure – anyone who has ever opened a sports magazine, or an internet page for that matter, has read all that talk about “a diet is no good, you have to change your habits in a way that will last in the long run”. But I too had read all that for years and years before I was actually able to transform knowledge into action.

I’ve finally realized that I’m actually able to lead a healthy life, feel good and still enjoy the occasional chocolate cake :) I think I know how I’m supposed to make it last! The solution for me was simply to follow the golden rule “everything in moderation”. And to actually get moving. It finally kicked in. Before, I knew all that I needed to know about exercising, healthy eating and I’ve even tried out some diets. But I was never able to stick to any “life style” more than a few weeks or months, before giving up. It’s like my brain suddenly got tired of worrying about my weight, and about going or not going to aerobics classes. I noticed a difference in my body when I ate different things – I just feel sick if I eat fast food or excessive amounts of chocolate or white bread… So I just stopped eating foods that make me sick. And I cut down on those foods that I still like but that aren’t the healthiest of choices – this way I also enjoy them more once I eat them :)

I also concentrated on getting an exercise routing going. Took me a few months, but then I never ever wanted to skip any work outs, cause I immediately noticed a difference in my state of mind, in my body – and, after a longer break, in my weight. Plus, exercising makes your body feel great, and it also makes you lose weight (or keep your weight stable) and become healthier and fitter. It gives you good body conscience and makes you more confident over all, so exercising is a good deal no matter how you look at it! I have to admit though, I still have ups and downs when it comes to this. And if I’m very busy exercising is one of the first things that I cut out of my life – which is an area I still need to work on!

Changing your habits doesn’t have to be a big deal, or take a long time – nor be expensive. Just follow some basic ideas and principles, and take it one step at a time, and you’ll do great! These are just a FEW ideas on what you can do – believe me, I could write about this topic for hours, so right now I’ve really narrowed it down! Readers – feel free to contribute with your own tips and ideas!

  • Learn to cook. I think learning to cook might just be the best tip ever. It’s healthier, cheaper, tastes better – and it’s probably one of the best leisure activities you can have! Don’t look at it as something that takes a long time – make it fun! Involve family, friends, dates etc! Learn to enjoy it! Canada’s Food Guide.
  • Just get moving! Stop being lazy. Take a walk. Get off the subway/bus one stop earlier and walk a little bit. Don’t just lie in the couch while watching TV – do squats, push-ups, sit-ups, or – if you have the money – buy a cross-trainer! Walk or take your bike to school, work etc. Play outside with your kids if you have them. Don’t just call a friend and talk to them for an hour – take a walk with them instead. Physical Activity Guides.
  • Avoid fad diets. Although some may help you lose weight quickly, they usually involve avoiding certain types of food and the effects don’t last once you return to a normal diet.
  • Stop eating fast food. You don’t have to be super super healthy from the beginning. Just give up one bad habit at a time. And giving up fast food should probably be the first one.
  • Eat smaller portions. Just eat less! It’s that simple.
  • Consume what you eat. If you don’t consume it you store it. That’s the deal. In other words – be active!
  • Get a support network. Surround you with people that support you, inspire you and make you feel good about what you’re doing.
  • Find an exercise buddy. Having someone to exercise with, even if it’s just once a week for example, is an extra motivator. You won’t give up very easy if you know someone else is expecting you. If you don’t have a friend to exercise with just sign up for some work out class – which you have to pay for. When you’ve paid a lot of money for something it actually makes you want to go.
  • Variation is the key! Try out different sports, activities and work outs until you find something that you LOVE!
  • Read, learn and get inspired! Find inspiration from magazines, the internet etc! Read everything about food, exercising and healthy living that you can find! Learning to read nutrition labels is also a very good tip for finding out what foods are healthy and which are not.

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A FEW REASONS TO GET MOVING:

If you are overweight or obese, you may be at risk for a wide range of serious diseases and conditions including:

  • hypertension or high blood pressure;
  • coronary heart disease;
  • Type 2 diabetes;
  • stroke;
  • gallbladder disease;
  • osteoarthritis;
  • sleep apnea and other breathing problems;
  • some cancers such as breast, colon and endometrial cancer; and
  • mental health problems, such as low self-esteem and depression.

Obesity is one of the leading factors in heart disease and stroke, as well as in Type 2 diabetes. If you are overweight, you are at high risk of becoming obese, which can more seriously affect your health.

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And just to inspire you some more (not to eat fast food!) – watch the pictures on this webpage: This Is Why You’re Fat

I included some of those pictures here in this entry – just to give you an example of what is to be found on that webpage.

Egg n’ Ham Sammich

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A regular ham and cheese sandwich but topped with 11 sunny-side up egg yolks.

Bacon Poutine

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French fries topped with cheese curds, egg, bacon and covered in brown gravy. Since Poutine is the national dish of Québec, where I’m living right now, I just had to include this one ;)

The Thunderdome

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Three stacks of bacon, sausage, elk meat, onions and cheese between tortillas all topped with sour cream, two fried eggs and scallions.

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LINKS TO USEFUL SITES:

Healthy Eating and Living – More than Medication

Health Canada

Healthy Eating – Tips for a healthy diet

Health and Fitness Tips – long list of good articles

gyminee.com – Workout programs, Exercise Routines, Food Diary

Rommel’s Flow – Blog written by a personal trainer

The Influence of Exercise on Mental Health

KidsHealth

diet.com

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6 responses

29 03 2009
What are we feeding our kids - and ourselves??!

[…] Original post by careandvalue […]

29 03 2009
matt

This blog’s great!! Thanks :).

30 03 2009
careandvalue

Thanks, glad you like it :)

30 03 2009
Christine Convery

A great article – well done. Do you know we also need high quality health care supplements in our diet these days? Even when we eat a very healthy, organic diet, we are still deficient in many essential minerals and trace elements, as our soils are deficient in them now. Contact me to learn more…….
chrisconvery@healthnharmonygrenfell.com
Kindest regards,
Chris. Convery

30 03 2009
careandvalue

Thanks. And good point about minerals and trace elements. It is absolutely true. I think we’ve actually exchanged those healthy minerals with some bad ones – I’ve read articles about the fact that human bodies nowadays actually contain plastics (and this is obviously not a good thing)!

9 04 2009
Maariar

It’s nice, I like the post, nice video, I have a child of 4yrs.

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