A couple days ago I was considering posting some thoughts on my online journal (not a blog, sorry no links) but decided not to because any time I write or comment about this particular topic invariably somebody gets hurt/ offended/ angry/ defensive. I was asked/encouraged by a number of people to go ahead and say what I wanted to say, and so I decided to go ahead and post what had been on my mind not just Wednesday morning but for several weeks now. But I couldn’t quite wrap my brain around how to start.
Until yesterday when I happened to see (but didn’t click on because I was in a hurry) a headline on CNN’s website something to the effect of “Half of Adults Obese by 2030 Study Reports”. Today I had more time, but for some reason couldn’t find that particular article. However I did find one on the Washington Post’s Website saying essentially the same thing.
Please, take the maybe two minutes required to read the article. It’s pretty short and to the point. I’ll wait right here until you return.
It is NOT “more expensive to eat healthy”! That is pure crap! Oh sure it requires a little more forethought and planning, and you might have to break out a pot or a pan instead of buzzing through a drive-thru; but people we are killing ourselves and more importantly: WE ARE KILLING OUR CHILDREN one freakin’ happy meal at a time!
We are members of one of the most educated generations ever with information about healthy eating and nutrition literally at our fingertips! There are ZERO excuses for this. None. Not one! Exercise doesn’t have to be complicated. Get off the couch and walk to the end of the block and back. Tomorrow do it twice. The next day go all the way around the block. Before you know it you’ll have made it up to a mile, you will feel better, heck you might even find yourself in a better mood!
What do you have to lose by opting for healthier choices?
Your stubborn commitment to “By God it’s my body and I’ll eat what I want!”? Really? Is that worth dying for? Because you are you know. At the very least you are living a life severely limited at the very least mobility wise.
For those who mount the argument “Well my grandparents ate like this and lived to be 102 years old!” there is a HUGE difference between the quality of the food your grandparents ate and the over-processed, genetically-modified, chemistry experiments that pass for food on most tables these days. They ate real food grown in real soil and real meat that came from animals who also ate real food – food they were intended to eat. Not cud-chewing cattle all but force fed processed, hormone laced, grain-esque mash.
Tell me, have you ever in your life seen a cow in a rural setting mosey up to an ear of corn? No. No you have not. Cows eat grass and green plants. Not processed, hormone laced, ground up corn – cobs and all! (I have since been corrected on this misapprehension and informed that cows in natural habitats do in fact like corn. Today’s New Thing To Learn!)
And I seriously doubt your grandparents ate that Denny’s Grand Slam Breakfast then sat on their butts eight hours a day at work chugging down carbonated beverages like water (instead of water), then came home and plopped down in front of a television and did nothing until rolling into bed. Nope! I’m willing to bet that Grandma and Grandpa were up before the chickens and had already engaged in more physical activity in the first hour of their day than most of us do in a week. THEN they had that big ol’ country breakfast before going back out and busting their butts – and burning off those eggs and bacon and toast – on their feet all day long!
Yes. I feel beyod passionately about this.
We are, as a nation, committing geno-suicide one bite of crap food at a time!
One grain of bleached – yes I said bleached as in what you use in your washing machine with your socks and jock straps – grain at a time.
One genetically modified, infused with squid dna and god-knows-what-else piece of “fruit” at a time. (If fruit is even makes the menu.)
One high fat, high sugar, high sodium, processed to near unrecognizability box-o-What-Is-That at a time.
One Full-Day’s-Supply-of-Fat/Sugar/Sodium laden “convenient” drive-thru meal at a time. The drive-thru because God forbid we should actually get out of our vehicles and walk a few steps before sucking down a few thousand calories.
We are Facebooking, YouTubing, and Must-See-Tv-ing our bodies into padded, barely mobile caricatures of what the miracle of the human body is supposed to resemble.
I’m not saying hop up and run a full-blown marathon right now.
Just stand up, put one foot in front of the other, and take a walk. Go to the corner and back today. Go to the next corner and back tomorrow. Maybe get crazy and go around the block on Sunday. Just move! Do one more movement every day and I promise you in six months you won’t recognize the person looking back at you in the mirror.
Not sure how to eat healthy or exercise? Here, let me provide you with a few (absolutely free) resources.
Dr. Mehmet Oz and Dr. Michael Rozien provide the basics of their YOU On A Diet book at RealAge.com absolutely free.
Two words: Prevention Magazine. You will find everything there. Fitness, Weight Loss, Nutrition. Absolutely free of charge!
Eat Better America From what I can see it is completely free.
Fave Diets does a great job making traditional recipes healthier and has a free newsletter that generally has at least twenty recipes daily.
Check out this article from Fit Watch’s Website about 10 ways you can exercise at home without equipment. (Imagine my shock when “Walking” was at the top of the list!)
Are you going to see an immediate difference over night? Nope. Sorry. Doesn’t work like that. I’ve been busting my tail running three times a week for the past six weeks and I’ve barely lost five pounds on the scale.
My body moves better.
My clothes are starting to fit looser.
I sleep better.
I just feel better.
And who doesn’t want to feel better?
To be able to walk up a flight of stairs without gasping for air.
To be able to stand up without your lower back, knees, and ankles letting you know about it.
To eat a meal and not have to unbutton your pants or feel like you have a brick in your stomach.
And yes, it really is Just. That. Simple!