Learning to live a healthy lifestyle
This seemingly simple task has never been more challenging. The mounds of conflicting information coming at us are frustrating. If it is as simple as eating more vegetables and getting the body moving, why are more than 50% of America adults overweight?
I have loathed the experience of poundage gained over the years. The resulting detriment to my health, self-esteem, energy, and motivation that accompanies the expansion creep and ensuing flab and discomfort is disheartening. Stressful events and jobs, menopause in its various stages, digestion changes and sleep issues are all factors supporting the gain.
Our closets speak volumes about this condition featuring garments that hide and conceal while non-contenders grow in number. All too familiar are the comfort waistbands or tummy tucking panels and flowy garment not for femininity but for hide and no seek affect. Sometimes it is easier to stay home than to find something passable to wear. Thanks to Thomas Hancock, inventor of elastic, most of have something we can pull up and on that works. But many find themselves increasingly uncomfortable wearing flatting support to hide the secrets before the final layer is “applied” for a more presentable image.
No wonder we quit living long before we die.
If you find yourself wanting to know what changes you can do that can start moving the needle to a healthier outcome, let’s do it together. Getting into this state of health didn’t happen overnight and it is not going to disappear overnight. It can be simple habits practiced with consistency that can have profound effects.
Let’s get started with two simple steps.
- Do not drink liquids with your meals.
Drink 20 minutes before you eat and/or 20 minutes after you eat. Digestive enzymes break down the food so it can be utilized by the body. Digestion begins in your mouth. When I say, “think about eating a delicious piece of fruit”, notice that your mouth begins to salivate. Drinking liquids dilutes enzymes making the body work harder. Think about energy being wasted on digestion that you can gain back!
- Slow down and Chew
It takes your body 20 minutes to realize you are full. Properly chewed food takes about 30 chews requiring you to slow down. Swallowing larger food chunks (speed eating) can cause us to overeat and sends the digestion process into overdrive. The stomach works overtime producing more and more acid to break the food down. Additional digestive enzymes are added to the mix to aid in the process. By the time we reach our 40s, we have half the enzymes we have in our 20s. Ever wonder why we could eat onions and peppers most of our lives and now we can’t. Now, you know why! Studies have shown that just by the better chewing habit, you can lose 10 pounds in a year.
The goal that we seek with a healthier and more energetic life is attainable using some simple steps and discipline. Let’s take this journey together one step at a time.