Life is Simple

“Life is simple, just not easy.” ~Anonymous


Everywhere you look there is another way to lose weight.  Everywhere you look there is an expanding waist line.  Americans are fatter than ever and it’s getting worse, not better.  Food related illness is on the rise.  Heart disease, diabetes and cancer are killers and yet they are preventable.  A quick google search turned up 22 fast food restaurants in Easton.  Grocery stores are filled with boxes and bags of quick easy cheap meals.  There is a price you pay, and it’s with your health.


There is a simple solution to your weight loss and health issues.  It’s not a secret.  It’s just not a magic pill and it’s not an over night fix.  It takes thought and action. And a little sacrifice.  I’m going to tell you exactly what you can do to change the course of your life and the lives of your family members.  I’m worried for our children.  Their life expectancy is now shorter than that of their parents.  


If you do nothing else, change what and how you eat.  Food is your fuel.  It keeps your engine running.  More people take better care of their cars than they do their own bodies.  You get one body to take you through this life why would you treat it so poorly?  You can trade your car in any time.


Simplify.  Eat REAL food.  Meat, seafood, vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds.  Cut out the sugar, flour and processed foods.  Our bodies don’t recognize the dyes, chemicals and food like substances that we feed ourselves.  In turn our cells revolt and disease is born.  Shop the perimeter of the grocery store.  The center isles don’t contain real food.  If there are more than three items on the label I can guarantee you won’t recognize what most of these ingredients are and neither will your body.  Better yet, buy your meat and veggies from local farmers.  Most produce is shipped in from all over the world and I won’t even get into the conditions your grocery store bought meat comes from.  There are many sources for fresh meats and produce in our area.  The farmers market and Amish market.  Produce stands are getting ready to open for the season.  Blades Orchard has a CSA where you can buy a share of produce for the season.  Or grow your own garden.  There are several farmers around where you can buy whole/half cows and pigs.  Go in with a neighbor or friend and stock your freezer.  These animals are raised the way animals are intended to be raised, happy and pastured.  Preston, Trappe, Sudlersville, Dover, look for a local butcher shop and or livestock farmer.


Preparation is key to making this work.  It does take time and it does take effort but it’s much easier than scheduling doctors appointments.  If time is an issue use the weekend to cook batches of food. Make meal time a family affair, eat at the table instead of in front of the television.  You will be amazed at how good, real food tastes, once you cleanse your palate of the processed garbage. 


Next, MOVE!  Walk, run, jump, climb.  Play with your kids.  Take the stairs, better yet, take them two at a time.  Get your heart pumping.  It’s the strongest muscle in your body and needs to work.   Lift heavy things.  Now don’t go out in the driveway and pick up your car, ease into it.  It may just be a 5# bag of sugar but you have to start somewhere.  Lifting heavy things makes stronger muscles.  Stronger muscles need stronger bones to support them.  Therefore you ward of or turn back osteoporosis.  Lay down on the ground.  Now, get up.  Easy?  Keep doing it until it is.  Functional movement is critical.  The number one reason people are put in nursing homes is they are no longer capable of functional movement.  When you are no longer able to get on and off of the toilet, someone must help you.  Squats are essential to leg and core strength.  Learn how to do them correctly and do them often.


It truly is that simple.  You can take it as far as you want to.  Never stop learning.  Make changes slowly.  One at a time but decide to change them forever.  It is truly the only thing that works.  Fad diets and silly machines that boast quick easy fixes are like fixing a broken pipe with bubble gum.  They simply do not work.  It is your decision.  Think about that.  You control your health.  You can take the steps to make yourself better or you can continue to get worse.  You get to choose.


I have learned a lot in my life about health and well-being.  It’s not about being skinny.  It’s not about how you look.  It’s about how you feel, the rest is just a side effect.  A heathy body is a happy body.  I have gone from 160 pounds of unhealthy flab to 160 pounds of healthy muscle.  I am strong, I am capable and it is my task in life to teach you how to be strong and capable as well.  A little drive and a little common sense is all it takes.  Well, maybe a little sweat too…