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5 Food Choices to Make You a Happier, Healthier Person

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In an age where more and more people are looking to take the easy way out when it comes to health and nutrition, poor eating decisions have led to serious health problems, because bad eating can kill you just as starvation can.

People are trading “shelf life” for freshness, “cheap” for nutritious, and “quantity” for quality without ever really knowing what they are putting in their body.

Here’s a list of 5 food choices that can change your life from Women’s Health Mag:

There is a solution to this very complex and far-reaching problem: you. By making small changes to your own diet, you can not only improve your health but also become part of the collective force needed to re-create a healthy food system that feeds the world well. Start here.

1. OCCUPY YOUR KITCHEN
By deciding how much and exactly which types of salt, sugar, and fat we will use to make our fruits, veggies, meat, dairy, and grains taste delicious, we reclaim control over our health and our weight. Cook as often as you can.

2. WHEN YOU BUY GLOBAL, THINK FAIR TRADE AND LOW IMPACT
Global certification programs like Fair Trade, Rainforest Alliance, and Marine Stewardship Council ensure that foods are grown sustainably. They also reduce the impact of chemically intensive growing practices.

3. USE WORD OF MOUTH
School gardens are cropping up, which is encouraging kids to ask for veggies at home. Millennials are teaching their parents the joys of kale and the tastiness of a veggie burger. The next time you host family or friends, serve them a grass-fed burger on a whole-grain bun along with a plateful of local vegetables. Let them see firsthand that eating in a way that changes the food system for the better can be delicious—and fun.

4. GROW SOMETHING EDIBLE
City dwellers can plant herbs in pots on a windowsill. Suburbanites can cultivate garlic and asparagus, a perennial vegetable that keeps producing for decades. Encourage your kids, neighbors, and friends to do the same. Odds are, you’ll feel more connected to your food and to your community (many food banks accept fresh produce donations from individuals and farmers’ markets).

5. REMOVE HIDDEN CORN FROM YOUR DIET
It goes well beyond high-fructose corn syrup—processed corn ingredients include dextrose, corn syrup solids, and corn-based sweeteners, as well as meat, milk, and dairy from corn-fed cattle. Nixing those products from your kitchen may encourage manufacturers to find healthier alternatives, and it’s also a great way to remove junk foods from your cabinets and make room in your wallet and home for natural, whole foods.

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Exercise of the Day! Glute Bridge March!

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This is a fantastic exercise to target your glutes, hamstrings, legs and core. Remember to squeeze your glute at the top of your bridge and to always keep your core engaged.  Start by lying on your back with your knees bent, feet together, arms out with palms facing up.  Press up out of your heels and squeeze your glute as you bridge up bringing your hips up as high as possible.  Raise one leg up off of the ground, bringing it up to a 90 degree angle, then lower and return to your start position, repeat on alternate side.  Go for 3 sets of 60 seconds alternating legs.   

My Journey Into Veganism

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Recently, I decided to go vegan.  I didn’t make this decision because of ethical or moral reasons, I made it because I know a few vegans and it honestly interested me.  I’ve read up on some studies that show the benefits of a vegan diet and how it can help diminish certain types of ailments.  I suffer with anxiety and depression and going into this that was my number one objective, to help curb those types of issues.  Currently, i’m a little over two weeks in.  I can’t say it hasn’t been difficult and I can definitely see why people give up on the vegan lifestyle so easily.  There is a lot to learn, and i’m trying my best to make sure i’m eating a balanced, healthy, complete diet.  I learned early on, towards the end of the first week, that I need to be supplementing my B12 since I do not get that from my animal proteins any longer.  The fatigue was incredible, I can’t even describe it, but since adding in a nutritional vega one shake every morning I have been feeling much better. Have any of you out there turned to veganism? I’d love to hear your stories, and I will take any advice that you have to share.  I really want this to become another lifestyle change that I can maintain to get me to where I want to be physically, mentally and emotionally.  I look forward to reading all of your comments, and I will keep you posted on how my journey is going!! 

Much Love

Shannon