Health Food and Health Drinks: Change Is Scary – How to Gradually Improve Your Lifestyle
Food for Health Suitcase Exhibition
This table-top interactive interactive exhibit is designed for elementary grades. It takes a fresh look at the foods we eat and answers many of the questions Canadians have about their food choices, about food safety and about the role food plays in ensuring good health.
Canada Agriculture Museum
Selecting health food and health drinks, exercising, and stopping bad habits are all things we know we should do, but we put them off like a to-do list we don’t want to deal with. If it were simple to change bad behaviors quickly, people would do it all the time. Health food would be more popular than fast-food, and everyone would have a gym membership that they actually use. One of the biggest obstacles to making the wisest choices is the thought that we have to make only the wisest choices, all the time. It’s too overwhelming to think about, so we hold on to the bad habits, steering away from health food and promising to start exercising, “soon.”
What if we take a different approach to lifestyle changes? What if we only alter one thing at a time, making it a comfortable part of the daily routine prior to moving on to the next element? Making a small alteration in one’s daily activity doesn’t seem nearly as difficult as trying to undo every bad habit all at once.
Make it Easy With Health Drinks and Healthy Snacks
A sure way to lower sugar and carbohydrate intake is to change your beverages. Instead of replacing meals with vitamin “shakes”, try just switching out a daily soda for anti-oxidant rich green tea. Don’t get led into buying “vitamin enhanced” waters, though, as they often include high levels of sweeteners and artificial ingredients. Instead, look for natural health drinks that include nutrients like complex carbohydrates, chlorophyll, and live enzymes from whole food ingredients.
Snacking is a challenge for many when it comes to dealing with weight and health issues. While it may seem obvious to cut out snacking entirely, another option is to replace those snacks with “health food”. You still get the satisfaction of snacking on something flavorful, while putting less junk and more beneficial nutrients into your body. As time goes on, you can gradually replace all of your snacks and drinks with healthier options. Again, it’s not about changing everything at once but rather making a few small, realistic changes that have a cumulative effect.
Add Health Food to Existing Meals
Another easy change that can make a big difference is to replace one side dish with a health food option. If you would normally serve up some frozen potatoes with your evening meal, for example, start by replacing it with some steamed vegetables. Over time, you may find that you’re ready to completely replace an entire meal a week with something far healthier. Try steaming instead of frying or microwaving, veggies instead of frozen side dishes, and alkaline foods instead of acidic ones. Enhance the experience further by serving your health food with anti-oxidant rich health drinks. You may find that you actually start looking forward to this healthy meal and will want to create healthier options more than once a week.
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