In the past four decades, obesity rates in the United States have soared among all age groups. This rise in obesity rates has affected our youth in alarming fashion. Childhood obesity has increased more than fourfold among those ages 6 to 11. One in 3 children in the United States is overweight or obese. Childhood obesity puts kids at risk for health problems that were once seen only in adults, like type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease.
Whether your child is at risk of becoming overweight or currently at a healthy weight, you can take proactive measures to get or keep things on the right track.
Set a good example. Make sure you are getting the exercise you need and that you are eating healthy. Invite your child to go on a walk or bike ride and support exercise as a family
Have healthy food in your home. Kids eat what is offered and what is provided in the home. Make sure to have healthy food on hand for snacks and cook healthy meals for your family.
Click HERE ON KIDS EAT RIGHT and you will find ton’s of good tips to set up a healthy environment in your home.
Click here on my Diabetic Recipes Pinterest. You don’t have to be a Diabetic to use these. They are a great recourse for anyone who wants to cook healthier meals.
Planning out your day of meals the night before can really help you stay on track… Do it!! I don’t count calories as much as I log what I eat. Meal planning and logging your food will help change the way you feel about food. When you plan it out I look at it as what fuel do I need for my body this week. Planning each day a week in advance. If you can’t do that do it the day before. It takes practice. If you work pack your food for work. Have healthy snacks on hand and really make sure your eating small amounts often. Here is a sample of what my day looks like most days.
Why don’t I feel well?
The answer is simple: drink water!Water is pure liquid refreshment and accounts for a large percentage of what makes each of us “human.” The average 150 lb. adult body contains 40 to 50 quarts of water. Almost 2/3rds of our body weight is “water weight”:
Blood is 83% water
Muscles are 75% water
The brain is 74% water
Bone is 22% water
The Fountain of Youth, Health, and Everything Else that’s Good- Water is necessary for your body to digest and absorb vitamins and nutrients. It also detoxifies the liver and kidneys, and carries away waste from the body. And when it comes to digestion . . . it’s just not happening without water.
Fiber alone cannot aid proper digestive function by itself. In fact, without water as its partner, good fiber goes bad, causing constipation and extreme discomfort.If you’re dehydrated, your blood is literally thicker, and your body has to work much harder to cause it to circulate. As a result, the brain becomes less active, it’s hard to concentrate, your body feels fatigued, and you just “poop out.” Water – The Miracle Worker Simple water — when it’s pure and free of contaminants — is truly a “wonder drug.” Without chemicals, additives, or anything unnatural, a steady dose of 8 glasses of water a day (ideally ½ your body weight in ounces of water) will:
Improve Your Energy
Increase Your Mental and Physical Performance
Remove Toxins & Waste Products from your body
Keep Skin Healthy and Glowing
Help You Lose Weight
Reduce Headaches and Dizziness
Allow for proper Digestion
Drinking Water is Heart-Healthy: “Your Body’s Many Cries For Just A Good Glass Of Water” most times your “hunger” is your body asking for water – not food. It’s also important to remember that when the body is dehydrated, fat cells get “rubbery” and cannot be easily metabolized. This means that it’s harder to lose when you don’t drink your water. Who Can Benefit From A Water Regimen? Everyone . . . including YOU! Water is especially important for pregnant women and nursing mothers. For athletes and work-out fanatics, drinking water reduces cardiovascular stress and improves performance. And, since water reduces body temperature, it makes the whole exercise process safer and more effective.Water is also an important “healing tool” for people with a history of kidney stones. Since water dissolves calcium in the urine, downing at least 8 glasses daily reduces the risk of stone formation. Drinking water is also valuable in preventing urinary tract infections in both men and for women, flushing impurities out of the system. Even mild dehydration makes you more susceptible to viruses.
Water is a powerful weapon in my war on colds and other illnesses. I’ve also found that water helps me recover more quickly.When your body is hydrated, drainage from allergies and colds doesn’t stick and collect in your throat and lungs, and your cough is more “productive”. Even cold sores that appear on the lips are minimized by drinking water because those eruptions tend to favor dry areas on the body.Tips for Drinking Water I know how hard it can be to remember to drink enough water every day, but I also know how hard it can be to bounce back from the effects of being even mildly dehydrated. So I’d like to share a few easy tips to help you reach your “water mark” every day:
You are naturally thirsty i.e. “dehydrated” in the morning . . . help your body flush out the toxins it has been processing all night and take advantage of this thirst to get a “leg up” on your daily water requirements by drinking a glass of water first thing.
Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to have a drink – you are already dehydrated if you feel thirsty.
Set a timer to remind yourself to establish a habit of drinking water and keep a bottle of water with you at all times.
Compensate for diuretics . . . thieves that steal water from your body. If you drink coffee, tea, or sodas with caffeine, you’ll need to drink a few extra glasses of water to make up for the water that these diuretic beverages “leech” from your system.
So Drink Up and Keep Your Body Healthy!