Now, a positive attitude and humor are attributes I truly cherish. That said, in my world/vocation; devoted to whole-self-wellness for life (literally), concerns arose around the health impacts that result with excess weight bordering on obesity.
One of the greatest concerns is the prevalent incidence of metabolic syndrome.
Weight issues are not really a laughing matter and they are so complex.
Dietary choices and eating habits entail many varying aspects and moving parts, with a plethora of influences and outside interference. They are very personal/individual and in addition to being social and cultural, they can be attached to behavioral, emotional, socioeconomic challenges and more... including food industry interference.
The past few years of lock downs have done serious harm with the chronically elevated stress levels, challenges with isolation and loneliness, outdoor restrictions, curfews, church and fitness club closures... It's well known these factors resulted in many gaining excess weight and increasing alcohol consumption. In the case of my lovely, former neighbors - they took solace in regular visits to Tim Horton's and enjoyed donuts with their coffee daily just so they could get out. They weren't alone.
To exacerbate this 'all too familiar dietary crisis', processed foods and common comfort foods such as baked goods are highly addictive and are considered the most legal form of drugs to many. Sugar has been said to be as addictive as cocaine. All those months, 'confined to our homes', saw home-made bread, banana bread and cookie recipes go viral. Over-eating was accepted by so many as a coping mechanism and understandably so. With this came viral weight gain adding to health challenges.
A harsh reality impacting our state of health as reported by Statistics Canada -
"In Canada, chronic diseases account for 89% of all deaths and more than $80 billion in annual health care costs.
Adopting healthy lifestyle behaviors, such as healthy eating, has the potential to prevent 80% of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease, 40% of cancers, and other chronic diseases."
Yet despite such stats and healthy eating recommendations issued by Health Canada, eating habits continue to deteriorate, and overweight prevalence rates continue to increase. What we can do?...
In addition to taking the best care we can of ourselves and leading by example, let's be cheerleaders, supporters and encouragers to all of those struggling to implement healthy, everyday practices and get us all living life the best ways we can.
It can be as simple as sharing info-graphics like the one above. Think of it as planting seeds of health information/inspiration and fertilize these seeds with follow-up. We can all use support at times. 😊 The first step is to minimize the behaviors and exposures to temptations that can lead to poor dietary choices. When meeting with friends, choose locales that offer quality, whole-food options or plan pot lucks enjoying healthier home-made creations.
As a long long time whole-self health and wellness practitioner, educator/speaker, whole-food nutritionist and foodie as well as fitness/yoga instructor, (yes all that - haha-ha), my mission is to help everyone take better care of themselves.
True wellness that begets quality of life, health, promotion, disease prevention and even reversal means we must attend to all aspects of our well-being.
Consider Dan Buettner's "The Blue Zones centurions and the 9 commonalities of these various areas around the world. (Watch the show on Netflix - I'm so thrilled to see this reach so many people and show them what's possible with healthy daily practices). If you have watched it, please share your impressions in the chat.
Has it inspired you? Will you make diet and lifestyle changes? Have you started?
I'd love to help you do this too, with the HEALTHY EATING for LIFE PROGRAM
It includes, all the info, incentive and know-how to master healthier eating habits, lots of suggestions for new recipes and a recipe-saving template, menu planning and meal making hacks and more. All to help you feel, look, age and live life really well.
Plus you have opportunities to ask me any questions you have and enjoy community connection with others in the program with our private community group.
We set you up to succeed and stick with you the entire journey.
You'll find more details on the program by clicking here and you can always
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The HEALTHY LIVING FOR LIFE PROGRAM follows the one above or is available as a DIY program now or anytime. This program includes addressing mental and emotional well-being and includes practices for mindfulness, stress reduction, everyday activities and more healthy eating for lifestyle wellness coaching.
Message me if you'd like more detailed information to determine if this program is for you. We can set up a time for an info call.
Learn more about Teri here - She truly walks her talk and does all she can to inspire others to take better care of themselves. However they see fit to do. It's a very personal approach for each person and she is a strong advocate in customized coaching.