An Occupational Therapist (and former NCAA scholarship athlete) trying to make a small difference in the world through health promotion, maintenance and disease prevention education. This is THE BLOG for busy individuals and families who want to take steps toward health and vitality. I promise to keep all of my posts short, sweet and to the point in manageable weekly doses of health challenges, information, news and tips :)
I'm broadening to scope to include all healthy lifestyle topics!!! Being a positive person, I want to honor those who may have felt offended by the word 'obesity'. Just to clariy, to me, the word ‘obesity’ is NOT about being 'fat' or a person’s outward appearance. I've been taught that it is what's inside that counts, and this is especially true for this topic. Obesity is about what is going on INSIDE, meaning the silent disease processes that we can't see with the naked eye (ex. the clogging of arteries, adiposity accumulating around vital organs) that are taking place within the body as a result of unhealthy lifestyle choices. Without lifestyle changes, these silent diseases progress to symptomatic diseases (ex. heart attacks, strokes, diabetes) and conditions that endanger one’s health, quality of life and existence.
I'm really excited about this week's challenge because it is one little behavior that makes a HUGE difference when you can implement it in your every day life. The hardest part of this challenge is just remembering to do it and you will have plenty of opportunities to do so throughout the week!! ALSO, keep up your 15 minutes of exercise per day and add on if you are ready!
2012 Week #2 CHALLENGE:
Ask yourself the following question whenever you find yourself gravitating toward food during the day: "Am I really hungry?"
Many, many people eat when they aren't hungry. When you ask yourself this question, it will cause you to think about whether your BODY is actually giving you the hunger cues or not rather than mindlessly grazing. Most people know what a real hunger pang feels like and they really shouldn't come along until 3-4 hours or more after the last time you ate. DON'T eat when you are bored, watching tv, emotional, socializing but not hungry, etc. You can do it! I'll check in with you throughout the week!