Tuesday, September 8, 2015

One Simple Change - 30 Days to Health

Something as simple as making one simple change each 30 days can redesign your entire health and disease picture for the rest of your life. For example, take eating at a fast food joint.

In the movie Supersize Me Morton Spurlock demonstrated by making one change, eat each meal at McDonalds he changed his healthy picture to one riddled with sickness. In just 30 days his body reacted to the the fast food menu with weight gain that took 30 days to put on and 6 months to get off along with a host of newly diagnosed medical conditions related to high fat, high salt and high sugar diets.

That Sugar Film told the story of how pervasive sugar is in our diet. Damon Gameau embarks on an experiment to create a discussion on the effects of a high sugar on a healthy body, while consuming only foods that are commonly perceived as health. 

During That Sugar Film they reported the average person eating processed foods consumes approximently 40 teaspoons for sugar a day.  In case you are wondering that's 4.5 times the daily recommendation. To demonstrate how close sugar and processed foods are closely related to weight gain a diet of healthy foods was compared to sugar loaded foods with equal calories was being consumed. The diet with sugar diet gained 10 lbs. in 30 days vs. the healthy diet did not cause weight gain on the same number of calories.

In these two examples, the one change was adding fast large amounts of fast foods, the other the one change included changing sugar consumption. It's important to note in each one of the films the experiment was only for 30 days and included only one change in their food consumption. You can imagine what a life time can do. 

You might be saying to yourself "it can't be true!' Oh, but it is. If you added 1 serving of broccoli to your plate every day (one simple change) you will be adding 365 servings a year. Over 10 years that's 3,650 servings. The American Cancer Society says by adding cruciferous vegetables (broccoli) to you diet you will be reducing your risk of cancer. Read the report click here

Many of my clients ask me where to start when choosing a healthy lifestyle. There are basically four important pillars of good health. If one of the pillars are missing then your health will be unstable. Unstable health results in the symptoms and signs we know as poor health.

I think most experts will agree the Four Pillars of Good Health are:
1. Eat Whole Foods 
2. Drink Water
3. Activity
4. Sleep Better / Stress Less

We suggest you pick one simple change and keep it for the next 30 days.
I mean really you can make any change for 30 days. Everybody can, can't you?

Your partner in health,

Cindy Cohen RN, BS BA
C2 Your Health LLC
Certified Health Coach
Wellness Consultant

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