|Posted by [email protected] on January 3, 2015 at 5:55 PM|
Post from Maggie
Happy 2015! Did you make a New Years Resolution? Did you know that only 8% of all resolutions made are kept all year?
Like most people, Sandee and I have made several resolutions in the past that we were not able to keep.
Three years ago I was a single mom with three boys, a full time Special Eduction Teacher, and 25 pounds over weight. I used my stove to store things on instead of cooking on it because we ate out almost every night. It was all about quick convenience. I was consistently lethargic, consumed with daily headaches and missed days at work. My children suffered from asthma, ADHD, and lower immune systems needing to take several days off from school. I knew that something had to change when the doctor informed me that my middle son was borderline diabetic. I made a New Years Resolution and kept it.
I immediately started researching the effects of processed foods, artificial flavors and colors, and sugar. I started making simple changes at first and eventually eliminating almost all processed foods from my and the boy's diet. Over a six month period, I dropped 25 pounds, stopped getting headaches and drastically reduced the amount of colds in the family. My middle son dropped 35 pounds and is at no risk for diabetes. I also witnessed all three boys' over all health improve, with fewer asthma attacks and ADHD symptoms. After eating real foods after six months, our palates have changed as well. This became more than a New Years Resolution, it became a life change.
If you are interested in changing how you eat, start with small changes. Most people that jump in too fast, become too overwhelmed and are more likely to quit. For the first step, I would recommend reading labels. Take notice of serving sizes. For example, an energy drink has 27 grams of sugar per serving, but one can has three servings equaling to 81 grams of sugar. Also, read the ingredients on a label and if you can't pronounce the name of the ingredient, either put the item back or research the ingredient. Make sure that what you are eating is safe.
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