"What's the magic answer? What is the one thing I can do to prevent this? To be healthier?" We hear this all the time. There has to be that one magical thing to get us on track. We have that answer...but it's not one thing, it's two! Two isn't so bad--I mean if you can do one thing, you can do two! "So what is it? What's the magic solution to all my problems? What's the answer to why I am gaining weight? What's the answer to why my blood tests aren't good? What can I do? Help!"
There is a magic answer. There is no magic pill, medicine or procedure. Of course there are medicines and procedures that definitely help when our problems get severe. But why are we waiting for the magic solution when it's too late? Why aren't we working on the solution now?
80% of heart disease is preventable. 80%! That's almost all of it! WOW! 80% of heart disease is preventable. It was worth repeating. If we can fix 80% of this, why aren't we? Why aren't we using the magic solution now instead of trying to reverse the damage after it's already been done? Just what are you waiting for?
The magic answer = eat better foods and get more physical activity. Oh--that. Yup--you kind of knew it was coming didn't you? It really is that simple. Everything you put in your mouth--every drop and every morsel, counts. It matters. Each yummy bite has a calorie and nutrient count. Most of what we are eating has lots of calories and hardly any nutrients! Each and every sip of that beverage you have--with its long list of ingredients--counts. Calories turn into fat and fat turns into that goop that clogs your arteries and encases your heart in fat! Picture that. Your heart wrapped in a nice cushion of fat--kind of like sausage casing, only fattier! That's what we are doing to ourselves. We don't really want to hear about that magic answer. The one that screams I am responsible for what I eat and drink. I am the one who controls what I consume. What I consume really matters and it counts. I am the one who can get me up off the couch and out the door to move. 80% of heart disease is preventable. Repeat it again. Write the magic answer down and post it on the refrigerator, on the cabinet, at your desk, in your car. Make the magic answer your goal.
There are 11 full weeks left in 2012--that's 11 positive changes you can make before the year's end. Take one thing each week and make it your habit. (remember no more dieting). Post your goals (aka magic answer) everywhere! Enlist the help of your coworkers, family and friends. Post it on your Facebook; tweet about it. The more you do together, the easier it will be. What will your one change be this week? Mine is to add more veggies. I'm tired of empty calories --ones that don't have any nutritional benefit--the ones that are wasting my time, sucking the energy out of me, and thickening my waistline. The goal is 5/day. We can do this together!
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- October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. We want women to be healthy--all over. Carol's Mom, Rosalie, died from breast cancer. Take the time to get checked. Take care of yourself--get that mammo - make that doctor appointment, do that self exam. The best prevention for cancer is the same as heart disease---eat right and exercise (the magic answer). You'll be helping your body in countless ways. So now-really-what are you waiting for?!?!?!