Advice for Nutrition and Wellness on World Health Day
This is the time of year when we observe World Health Day (April 7),
which raises the subject of the behavior required to stay healthy. Often our
positive attitudes about nutrition and wellness don’t jibe with our behavior.
When it comes to health and wellness, actions
speak louder than words, and the reality is that less than half (46 percent) of
those baby bookers surveyed recently by Liberty Life (see below) are exercising at least
three times a week. Although exercise is only one indicator of overall health
and well-being, three-quarters of those surveyed considered physical fitness
very important to them.
Eating a healthy diet is a tricky balance of
what you choose TO eat and what you choose NOT to eat. If we all ate more
'whole' food - that is, food without an ingredient label (mostly fresh, raw or
lightly cooked vegetables and fruit) - we would be far better off.
With exercise and diet there is a dangerous gap
between our intentions and our actions, our behavior.
So what can you do to move from intention to
behavior? Five key changes can make all the difference:
Be proactive. Don’t wait until you feel sick to forge a meaningful
relationship with your doctor. Know your body weight, waist circumference,
blood pressure, blood glucose, and cholesterol. Ask your doctor about using
self-monitoring tools such as wearable devices and smartphone applications to
track your progress toward improving your health numbers.
social. Many self-monitoring tools will connect to social media or online
communities, allowing you to share your fitness accomplishments with others.
Studies have shown that people who network and receive support for reaching
goals are more likely to achieve sustained success.
Be attentive. Understand food labels and avoid items with too many
ingredients. Also look for stores with better labeling systems like Dr. David
which make it easier to gauge the nutritional value of packaged food. NuVal®
weighs the amount of “good” ingredients, such as vitamins, fiber, and iron,
against “bad” ingredients, such as fat, sodium, and sugar-– assigning each
food a score. The higher the score, the better the product’s nutrition. For
example, choosing unsweetened shredded wheat at breakfast with a score of 91
over an English Muffin with score of 21 can help you start the day on a
Be realistic. Make behavior changes specific and accomplishable-– start
small and build up. For example, rather than striving to work out at the gym
daily, start by taking the stairs at work, instead of the elevator.
Be happy. Bring a positive attitude to every situation you face. Research
has found that personality and outlook can play a role in how long people
live. A study in the Journal of Aging found that people who reach 100 have
several personality traits in common, including high conscientiousness,
openness to experience and a positive outlook on life.
In addition to choosing to eat whole food, you can take Juice Plus+
because it is not a 'supplement', but the world's most thoroughly researched wholefood-based
nutritional product. It helps us bridge the gap between what we do eat and what
we need to eat, in terms of daily fruit and vegetable intake.
Please watch the video below concerning this important 'bridge'.
You can learn more about
Juice Plus+ and the medical research behind it