Every 4th of July, we celebrate Independence Day, which commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. While this holiday is typically associated with fireworks, parades, barbecues, picnics, and other events celebrating the history of the United States, it could have another valuable function.
Why not also use this historical occasion to declare your own health independence? This means taking a personal stand against the prevailing cultural influences that promote American obesity. It’s as simple as a decision…and a declaration!
How about starting with some of the worst offenders─sweetened drinks, fast food, and sugary, refined baked goods? Reducing consumption of these alone could turn the health of our nation around. Talk about empowering! Ready?
Declare your independence from sugary drinks
Since sugary drinks don’t genuinely satisfy hunger or thirst, we should ask if those empty calories are really worth it. Because whether they’re laced with artificial sweeteners, fructose, or cane sugar, these cloying beverages are linked to weight gain, diabetes, and even heart disease. Why not nix ‘em altogether in favor of plain or sparkling water, hot or iced caffeine-free tea, or stevia-sweetened lemonade?
Say no to the tyranny of fast food
If you seldom have time for home-cooked meals, seek out healthy short cuts. Keep a blender
at the office for quick protein shakes, and carry along nutrient-dense snacks like almonds and
protein bars. And why not let your crock pot work while you’re away and return to hearty chili,
soup, or stew? Keep brown rice on hand for easy stir-fries or try healthy frittatas─easy, tasty
and protein rich. Add a salad or light soup and you’re all set.
Free yourself from refined carbs
Ready to break free from the shackles of elevated blood sugar, mood swings, and weight gain?
Donuts, muffins, white rice and other refined carbs offer a Lorelei song, luring you to rocky
shoals where your healthy ship is imperiled. Instead, protect yourself with nutritious, protein-rich
foods that keep blood sugar stable. A daily whey protein shake is your single best ace-in-the-
hole when it comes to securing your daily wellness.
Ideally, these tips will inspire you to take decisive action. Make your health declaration now, and reap the benefits for years to come. Happy July!