We went to one of those Texas style greasy spoon type steakhouses, and when we looked at the menu he looked at me emphatically and said, "It's chicken Fried Steak for me. You're not gonna find that on your health care weekend."
I laughed out loud in the crowded restaurant, knowing many families who read the Journey on the weekends to pick up a few healthy tips for their families.
Please know, I'm not trying to force any behavior on anyone. I laughed at my friend's comment, but I'm not trying to eradicate fast foods, tell people how to eat, or even imply some sort of behavioral misconduct if you don't eat healthy. I enjoy a little break from the norm every now and then, and I think you should feel the freedom to do whatever you want with your body.
However; in light of the statistics coming out about obesity and the related diseases coming on as a result of unhealthy eating and drinking, SOMEBODY has to start shouting from the mountaintops for our kids. Teenagers are entering into the heaviest generation EVER! And it's going to be a problem for us all unless we start taking real steps to help educate our population about the dangers of unhealthy lifestyles.
Today, we're highlighting What we Drink.
Now before you think this is a rant on buying bottled water let me be clear...
I'm not trying to sell anything here. This article is simply a reminder about how important your health care is when you look at drinking more water versus drinking some of the sugars we digest by choosing other snack drinks.
Our friends over at High Health are constantly striving to put together information for you and your family that can help guard off sickness, lethargic feeling, and help put a kick back in your step.
One easy way of addressing your family's health care this week is to understand the importance of drinking more clear fluid. After all, our bodies are made up of 85% H2O, and when we deprive our system of the fluid of life, it's easier for us to be susceptible to small colds, immunosuppressant diseases, and even our body's ability to digest fat cells stored when we eat poor foods.
One Doctor I interviewed for this article said, "When you drink more water, you allow your liver to do the job it was designed to do, mainly; emulsify the fats. When you're dehydrated, your kidneys work overtime, and your system isn't able to function at it's designed capacity."
Huh? I never thought of it like that.
Did you know...
Only 15 percent of school-age children drink the recommended amount of water, but on average they consume six sodas per week.
I realize the feelings we get when someone limits our freedom to drink whatever we want, but this isn't that discussion. I don't want to play politics with your life, only to help you see the impact soda might have on your system.
The average soda can has the equivalent of 10 cubes of sugar. Can you imagine putting 10 sugars in your morning coffee? Every one of us drinking that can are slurping down some of the most dangerous chemicals for our body. I'm not advocating never to drink a soda again, I'm just hoping we can see the damage we do with a simple can of Soda. If we look to the bottle sold in the convenient stores, or the liter, the sugar equivalent begins to sky rocket.
Sugar-sweetened beverages are the largest source of sugar in the diets of children and adolescents.
If you're looking for places to get healthier, just drop a few cokes a week. You don't have to go on a binge diet of salad or shakes. Just replace a few of the cokes you get with a big gulp of good old H2O. Water is what your body needs! I've watched people drop 5-10 lbs in a month just by limiting their intake of soda. Hey, what can it hurt? Give it a try and see what happens. Maybe you're body responds, you'll loose weight, feel better, and before we have to worry about diabetes, we can take one simple step in helping the health of you and your kids.
In our family, we just got in the habit of ordering water when we go out to eat. You can imagine with 5 kids, no only are we curbing the sugar intake, but we're curbing our budget too. It's amazing the difference.
My kids choose water now instead of looking for the next syrup filled beverage.
Eat Your Water: Remember the rule about eating more fruits and vegetables? Well, it's partly because they're actually good at replacing fluids. Fruits like grapes, watermelon, oranges or cantaloupe are full of water. So are veggies like lettuce, cucumbers and celery.
Partly the reason so many diets call for fresh fruits and vegetables isn't to try and force you to eat asparagus, but rather; so much of the healthy stuff is packed full of vital water nutrition. As you replenish your body with the stuff it needs, you'll feel better and be more productive. You'll be able to digest the bad stuff inevitably in our diets, and you'll set yourself up for a good long term health care.
Don't Run Out: If you and your family are out playing, running, jumping and sweating, you create a greater need for more water and other fluids such as sport drinks with the necessary electrolytes.
Most dietitians I know tell me we are walking around like dehydrated zombies. We fill our diets with caffeine, a natural diuretic, sugar, a mood enhancer, and we constantly have a lack of fluid. Be sure you're helping your family understand the importance of keeping hydrated. And guess what? If it doesn't work, there's nothing to say you can't go back to sugary drinks.
Try drinking a little more water this week, put down the soda, and just see what happens. Who knows? It might be the key you're looking for to help you and your family see healthy results.