Archive for November, 2010

Today is the last day of American Diabetes Month. According to the US Dept of Health & Human Services, 24 million people are living with diabetes and 57 million more at risk of developing type 2 diabetes.  Let’s get focused!  We need to know these facts and start identifying the problem areas in our lives.

Please carefully read these warning signs for type 2 diabetes:

  • Are overweight
  • Exercise less than 3 times a week
  • Are over 45 years old (be fit over 40 CLICK HERE)
  • Have high blood pressure or high cholesterol
  • Are African American, Latino, American Indian, Alaska Native, Asian American or Pacific Islander
  • Have a parent, brother, or sister with diabetes

Now for the good news.  You can prevent and or change this by doing the following:

  • Exercise at least 3 times a week (preferably 5 times)
  • Eat a heathly & balanced diet (organic, colorful & wholesome)
  • Get an annual physical
  • Work towards a healthy weight (goal)

Keeping yourself healthy is not only for you, it will benefit your loved ones too.

You can spend a good deal of time comparing yogurt ingredients at your local market, but the best one is made at home.  Try purchasing a plain non-fat yogurt (32 oz), fresh or frozen fruit, nuts and honey.  You can create many different types of yogurt that satisfy your palate. 

For a snack try:

  • 4oz of non-fat yogurt, plain
  • 1/3 cup of fruit (you can replace this w/a teaspoon of honey & a tablespoon of nuts)

Making your own will eliminate things you don’t need like excess sugar (high fructose corn syrup) and other ingredients that are difficult to pronounce.  Your body and your wallet will thank you.

Often I hear from many friends and colleagues that they are too busy to live a healthy life.  I’m here to tell you that is far from the truth.  If you can find the time to watch a favorite tv show, check your facebook/twitter account, chat with a friend, or surf the internet, then you can’t say that you are “too busy to live a healthy life”.

We have to first start off with a positive thought, because thoughts become things.  All things start with a thought, a dream, a desire.  If you desire to live a long, healthy and happy life, then start with a positive thought. 

You can lose weight, you can eat healthy, you can feel good about yourself.  Keep in mind that each day is a step forward to your goal.  Don’t look behind, don’t put yourself down and eliminate the negative comments from your vocabulary.  Focus on your goal and enjoy the journey.  Today is the first day to a better you.

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