Tough Topics Tomorrow: Your Health Can Help the Environment

Think of the environment as your body. What you put into it, is what you get out. Eating habits and physical activity don’t just affect your mind and your body, it affects the environment in so many different aspects as well.

If you search the topic of food consumption and the environment on the internet, there are millions of videos, articles, and posts on how your diet has a huge impact on the earth. One video I found extremely educational was how your diet effects the climate. It can be watched with the link below:

Scientific researchers have consistently given the world reason after reason to eat better and get active, yet the obesity rates in the United States continues to rise steadily and food quality continues to decrease.

Technology has given us easy and pleasurable access to these not so healthy foods, but technology is not the one to blame, since human will power is extremely critical to the equation. We really have to examine our personal life when looking at daily nutrition and see what steps to take in the right direction.

Here are just a few things that you should consider in your everyday life:

  1. Transition to water only for your hydration needs.

Cutting out sugary juices, caffeinated coffee, and carbonated drinks is one of the simplest, yet most difficult things to do. Many of us were raised on a certain juice or have a favorite soda that brings back memories of your childhood. This childhood dream leads adults addicted to certain drinks and craving it daily. Researchers say it takes 90 days to quit a habit, so start your journey there and break your first bad habit.

  1. Portion your meals.

Every time we consider going out to eat, we think of a bar or restaurant that is going to give us a large portion because we want to get as full as possible. I mean, no one wants to leave a restaurant with an empty stomach! Large portions are great, but consider over the years how much more food has ended up on people’s plates whether they can finish it or not. It is totally okay to eat less or ask for smaller servings, but it is not okay to eat little to none. The balance between too much and too little depends on you, but can easily be figured out if you just listen to your body.

  1. Find time for any kind of fitness.

Fitness is the hardest part of keeping fit. You can diet everyday like crazy, but if you don’t get your body moving and sweating every so often, the result you truly desire will never come. If you don’t have the time on your hands, think of ways you can consider getting some movement in while doing something else. Often times, I hear mothers say, “I don’t have time because of my kids.” If that is the case, find things you and your child can do together to bond and break a sweat at the same time. Never give yourself the excuse and just think out the box a little.

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