Healthier Living: Step Three

 

 


BASIC 10 BABY STEPS:

  1. First, and foremost, health is a gift from God we need to steward. Be in prayer for the health of your family and yourself daily.
  2. Attitude Adjustment: Quit your stinkin’ thinkin’! Remember The Little Engine That Could ??
  3. Replace pop {soda, anyone?} with 100% fruit juice diluted with a little water. Or better yet drink…100% water.
  4. Be aware of every bite and gulp of processed sugar. Watch the video and imagine your blood reacting this way.
  5. Get out! Walk with a friend. Raining? March in place while watching your favorite TV show for half an hour daily.
  6. Reduce your gluten intake. Limit breads, pasta, crackers, cakes and cookies.
  7. Everything in moderation. Use small plates and only one helping.
  8. Limit the amount of corn you eat. Doug Kaufmann, host of Know The Cause teaches that corn is contaminated with mycotoxins.
  9. Less fast food. More slow food.
  10. Educate yourself a little each day by reading articles or trying new recipes.

Read the Original Healthier Living/Step One post here.

Read Step Two post here.

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STEP THREE

3.) Replace pop and those powdered drink packets. 

Do you drink pop {soda}? My doctor had told me if a person would cut out one can of pop a day, they would lose 10 pounds in one year! That is a lot of weight to lose just by changing what you drink. She went on to tell me that most people drink their excess calories. Wow!

However, I would not recommend replacing sugar-laden pop with diet soda. Read why not here,  here and here.

100 % Fruit juice is also high in sugar. Although it is natural sugar, it still has a negative side effect on your body. My family enjoys 100% fruit juices and apple cider. I simply dilute it with water. I began by using ¼ glass of water then filling it the rest of the way with 100% fruit juice. Gradually over time, I used more water and less fruit juice. I now use ¾ glass of water to ¼ fruit juice. Always 100% juice. Always!

I hate to admit this but when our girls were young I served them the popular kids’ drink mix. You know, the little powdered packets that come in a zillion flavors? You just add water and a cup of sugar. I did eventually reduce the sugar to ¾ cup and then later to ½ cup. But I hate to think of all the other junk that was in those mixes. We haven’t had them on the homestead for years!

“According to Dr. Jeffrey Utz, Neuroscience, pediatrics, Allegheny University, different people have different percentages of their bodies made up of water. Babies have the most, being born at about 78%. By one year of age, that amount drops to about 65%. In adult men, about 60% of their bodies are water. However, fat tissue does not have as much water as lean tissue. In adult women, fat makes up more of the body than men, so they have about 55% of their bodies made of water.” ( http://water.usgs.gov/edu/propertyyou.html)

How much water?

Kids (and adults) simply need to drink more water. If you begin giving it to them at a young age, they will grow up enjoying a glass of cold water without thinking twice about it. Dr. Mercola has an excellent article on water. He discusses the symptoms of dehydration, the benefits of water, and which type of water is the healthiest.

Dr. Axe explains in the video below how to stay hydrated and increase electrolytes too.

So, let’s work hard at drinking more water. You may even want to keep a tally each day to record your glasses of water. That would be a good way to ensure you are staying hydrated. Our bodies will thank us for quenching the thirst.

You’ve read all the way to the end! I am proud of you. Keep up the good work!

One day at a time. One change at a time. One prayer at a time.

Step Four coming soon!

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