I do not like most diet plans.  My view is that most of them come about because someone is looking for the “secret” answer  to all our food woes.  The end result is the author or whoever is promoting this nutritional program is the only one who profits from it.  The article also mentions that exercise is an important part of the program.  This is something most of us already know.

You already have the information you need to be healthy.  You know that refined and processed foods aren’t healthy.  Preservatives and artificial ingredients are bad.  Exercise burns calories and builds muscle.

The problem most of us have is that we want someone else to do the work for us.  The problem is determination.   We want it to be easy, and it’s not.  Ask yourself, “Do I really want to be healthy?”  If you do, it will become a priority.  Change your thinking and how you look at food and exercise.  Bad foods should be viewed as poison.  Would you eat the chemicals you use to clean your bathroom?  I doubt it.  If you are having trouble incorporating exercise then start with  5 or 10 minutes.  If you watch TV then start with exercising during one commercial.   March in place, do squats or go up and down the stairs if you have them.

You need to change your mindset.  Start with little changes and then keep adding more and more.  I started 40 years ago and I’m always looking for new ways to make my diet better and incorporate more exercise.  Our lifestyles change and we have to adapt to those changes.

You have what it takes to be healthy.   You just have to take responsibility for it.  Learn to read labels.  I rarely look at the charts that give you calories unless the product contains sodium.  I read the ingredient list.  Usually, the fewer ingredients the better, and they shouldn’t be artificial ingredients or preservatives.

For example, cereal is a popular product that is often full of sugars, salt, syrups and artificial ingredients.  However, there are healthy options like Shredded Wheat.  The ingredient list is 100% whole-grain wheat and BHT added to packaging.  Is this perfect?  No, but it’s better than most other cereals, and you can sweeten it by adding fresh fruit to it.  If you don’t like Shredded Wheat, you might consider trying oatmeal.

If you can, buy your fruits and vegetables fresh. If time does not permit this, try to find organic canned beans and vegetables. My local supermarket has a nice selection of these.  If you rinse them, you can remove much of the salt added to the liquid in the can.  Sometimes I mix different beans and vegetables together to make a salad of chick peas, kidney beans, string beans and peas.  I might add a hard-boiled egg or some potatoes.

Healthy living is a choice.  You are likely to encounter obstacles along the way to healthy eating, but if you keep at it, you will notice changes in the way you feel and look.

by Alexann Rose