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How Your Diet Affects Your Health

Apr21

diet affects healthYou may remember the old adage: “You are what you eat.” There’s a lot of truth in those words! No, you won’t turn into a turnip if you eat one! However, your diet can greatly affect your overall health—how you feel, how you look, how you think.

Amazingly, numerous Americans are eating themselves into an early grave! We live in a land of plenty, where good, healthy foods are readily available…and, yet, what we eat is basically garbage!

We dash off to the nearest fast food restaurant for a quick meal of burgers and fries. Do you have any idea how many calories and how much artery-clogging fat are in such a meal? It’s no wonder that obesity and related health issues have become such a health concern in our country!

Each year in the U.S., poor eating habits, inactivity, and obesity contribute to an increase in life-threatening diseases such as cancer, heart disease, strokes, and diabetes. The number of deaths related to unhealthy eating is astronomical!

You don’t have to be another statistic! If you’ve been surviving on “junk” food, turn your diet around! If you aren’t sure what you should eat, look up the USDA Food Pyramid for guidance. Obviously, a diet rich in fresh fruits and veggies is much healthier than one that consists primarily of fried or processed foods. Lean meats and fish, whole grains and nuts, and low-fat dairy products are also great choices to include in your well-balanced diet.

Learn about portion control, too. Americans tend to eat much bigger portions than are necessary. All those extra calories just end up as fat on the hips, thighs, derriere, and tummy. You don’t have to starve yourself! If you eat slower, savor your food, and stop eating when you’re full, you may be surprised at how much less you will eat!

Don’t forget to exercise! Anyone who is physically able should at the very least get out and take short walks each day! Kick-start that metabolism and burn those calories and fat! Between a healthy diet and being active, you can feel better, look better, and live longer, too!

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