- Wheat flour for white flour
- Splendra for sugar
- I Can't Believe It's Not Butter
- Lowfat milk/skim milk
- Be creative
- You can't go wrong with chocolate
You can take any recipe and make it more healthy with a few substitutions. White chocolate, oatmeal, craisins can make a very delicious healthy cookie. Be creative and take your favorite cookie recipe and make a tasty healthy snack.
Every step counts, so start with baby steps and keep at it. The goal is to get your heart rate up. A brisk walk can do that.
One of my co-workers asked me if walking would make a difference. If you start to walk 20 to 30 minutes each day, you soon find that you are walking at a very brisk pace. You will start to have more energy and that 20 or 30 minute walk will soon turn into 1 hour. Walking can be a time for you to have quiet time to yourself or it can be a time to share some un-interrupted time with your spouse and it can even be a family event.
Now is a great time to get started in some form of aerobic exercise, strengthen your heart and lungs and start on a road to a healthy lifestyle.
Vitamins are very important for a healthy you. Your body needs vitamins to properly work. Your body can't make vitamins so that's why it is important to eat a variety of healthy food to get the vitamins your body need. Some vitamins are fat soluble and some are water soluble. The fat soluble vitamins are stored in the fat in your body for different time periods and used by your body. The water soluble vitamins move through your blood stream and the body uses what it needs and the rest is excreted as waste. These vitamins are not stored.
Vitamins A, D, E, and K are all fat-soluble vitamins. Vitamin A is found in carrots and is good for your sight. Vitamin D is good for your bones and milk is a good source. Nuts and seeds is a good source for Vitamin E and are important for the formation of red blood cells. Leafy green vegetables is high in Vitamin K and is necessary for clotting of the blood.
Vitamin C and the group of Vitamin B-6 are water soluble vitamins. Your body doesn't store these vitamins so they need to be replaced often. Vitamin C helps you heal when you get a cut and it also help your body resist infection. Citrus fruits, strawberries, cabbage, sweet red peppers, tomatoes and broccoli are good sources of Vitamin C. The B group of Vitamins is needed for metabolic activity; they help your body make energy. Eggs, beans, peas, whole grain, fish and poultry are all excellent sources of Vitamin B.
Your wellness start with you knowing what your body needs, the very basics, vitamins. Once you know the basics, you can make an informed decision when planning your healthy nutritional meals.
New Year Resolution
I always wondered why people year after year make the same resolution but never follow through with sticking with them. The secret is a lifestyle change and not a temporary fit. Are you seeking to feel better, too look better, to do more things, to spend more time with your family and friends, to help others, to give more to those in needs or just trying to be a better person? There's a way to get help doing it all.
I was never one to make resolutions. I didn't see anything magical about January 1. After I asked Christ into my heart and made him Lord of my life, I realized I never needed to wait until January 1 to make a resolve, I can ask for help anytime of any day. I seek to live a lifestyle that reflects my faith. In order to do that, I have certain responsibilities. However, I have help in order to live up to my responsibilities. The Holy Spirit, God living in me, is my guide, my counselor.
John 14:26-27 (NIV) 26But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things... 27Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.Don't put your trust in man and the things of this world. The Bible tells us that the Holy Spirit is the counselor and guide that's available to us once we give our life to Christ. You don't need to make New Year Resolutions; Christ offers everything you need to make a change.