Why Is Diet Soda Bad For You?

Diet sodas sweetened with aspartame and other artificial sweeteners are actually worst for you than the sugary ones you’re most likely trying to avoid.

“The United States, with less than 5 percent of the world’s population, ranks first among countries in soft drink consumption. The per-capita consumption of soft drinks is in excess of 150 quarts per year, or about three quarts per week.” (Food Democracy – Nov. 9, 2007)

Diet SodaAdded sugars and corn sweeteners, like high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) account for virtually all calories in sodas and sports drinks. Soft drinks alone are the source of 33% of all added sugars and 7.1% of total calories in the American diet. In teens, it’s even higher pushing over 12% of total calories! Don’t be deceived into drinking your calories because clever advertising convinces you that you need to replenish your electrolytes. Continue reading “Why Is Diet Soda Bad For You?”

12 Natural Tips for Preventing Flu and Colds

None of us like to have a cold or be down with the flu. Following a healthful lifestyle and applying a few healthful tips can help you avoid either.

Germs spread through touchingNone of us like to have a cold or be down with the flu. Following a healthful lifestyle and applying a few healthful tips can help you avoid either without getting a flu shot, which has its risks.  And it’s best not to wait until the early symptoms appear but rather follow and apply some preventive measures regularly.

Our immune systems, when functioning properly, have an amazing ability to fight off the cold and flu.  Even with early symptoms, it’s usually just a short time before the immune system puts up a fight.

Apply these 12 tips to naturally help you avoid these bugs and remain healthy during cold and flu season. Continue reading “12 Natural Tips for Preventing Flu and Colds”

Get Off the Processed Food Train

We have become a processed food generation that is sustained on preserved fare filled with chemicals. If you want to maintain your weight loss or lose weight, get off that train now.

In today’s society, everyone is on a tight schedule. There is no room for error in those schedules, let alone cooking meals for the family. As a result, we have become a processed food generation that is sustained on preserved fare filled with chemicals. If you want to maintain or achieve your ideal weight, get off that train now.

Processed FoodsWhen cars could be mass produced on an assembly line, it was a revolutionary step. We’ve applied the same technique to our food and it’s not going as well. Processed foods keep longer, but at what cost to our health?

To achieve your ideal weight, you have to cut back on calories while increasing your activity. Statistics say that many of the people who have successfully lost weight will put it back on in a matter of years. Why? Little by little fats creep back into our diet and take over. Continue reading “Get Off the Processed Food Train”

6 Ways to Get Healthy and Live a Healthy Life

Any of these six ways to get healthy and live a healthy life is where you could (or should) begin taking small steps to living a healthy life.

I hope you want to get healthy now and improve your health this year. Think about the areas in which you need to make healthy changes and the reasons why you need to make those changes. Better yet, write the reasons down. You want to stay focused on the desired result you want so you successfully create the positive changes.

Here are six ways to get healthy and live a healthy life. Any of these is where you could (or should) begin taking small steps to living a healthy life.

  1. Avoid fad diets – Avoid crash or fad diets. These diets just mess up your metabolism and none of them should be long term. Think “lifestyle” instead of “diet.” Continue reading “6 Ways to Get Healthy and Live a Healthy Life”

Do You Make and Keep New Years Resolutions?

New Year ResolutionsThe New Year is upon us. Have you thought about what your health goals will be for 2011? Did you make a New Year resolution in 2010 regarding your health? Were you successful in reaching your goal or did you give up too quickly? Why is it that our good intentions to adopt healthier habits seem hard to accomplish once the New Year (or other start time) arrives?

I’m sure I’ve made other New Year resolutions over the years but I only recall ONE. On January 1, 1980 I made the decision to quit smoking and I’m proud to say I never picked up another cigarette. I still recall the struggles I encountered as I was tempted many times to deviate from that decision. So why was I able to successfully kick the habit?

I’ve since learned that there are distinct stages a person goes through when they decide to change an unhealthy behavior. As it turns out, I went through all the stages, which helped me successfully accomplish my 1980 New Year’s resolution. Continue reading “Do You Make and Keep New Years Resolutions?”