Small Choices, Big Difference

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Do you ever feel that you are too busy to eat nutritious meals? By the time you get yourself ready in the morning, the kids dressed and dropped off at school or day care, get stopped at every red light between your house and work, and rush into the office on time, you may start off the day feeling exhausted. On top of all this, Christmas is just around the corner. Who has time to even think about planning a meal? And planning ahead to bring a healthy snack- forget about it! We are all busy, and frankly meals do not always make the top of the priority list. It is easy to swing through the drive through at McDonald’s on the way home. But what if we gained a new perspective… a shift in focus? What if we started seeing our hectic days as though we did not have time not to eat healthfully? Fueling our bodies with nutritious foods as well as incorporating exercise to our daily routines will result in more benefits than we may realize. Let me name just a few:

  • Decreased risk of diseases such as Type II Diabetes, heart disease and obesity
  • Decreased stress and anxiety levels
  • Increased sense of well-being
  • Increased energy and bone and muscle strength
  • Decrease or maintenance of body weight

Still not convinced? Why not try adding just one healthy activity to your day starting this week? This may mean parking farther away from the entrance of the store to increase your daily steps. Or maybe you decided to cook one meal at home when you would normally go out to eat. It may be as simple as bringing a snack for the morning break instead of buying chips from the vending machine (A good choice for your wallet and your waist line!). Physical activity and healthy eating does not have to be time consuming. With a little planning you will reap the benefits. Here a just a few quick and easy snack ideas to get you started. Remember: small choices really do add up to make a big difference!

  • Low-fat yogurt with nuts
  • Fruit and low-fat cottage cheese
  • Veggies and hummus
  • Apple and peanut butter
  • Homemade trail mix with whole wheat cereal, dried fruit, and nuts
  • Dry roasted or frozen edamame
  • Cheese and whole wheat crackers

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