Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Wellness Wednesday

Farmers Field 5
According to this article in Mashable, the British Journal of Sports Medicine recently published an editorial confirming what seems like common sense:  exercise alone will not eliminate the obesity issue. As important as exercise is, if we do not eat a sensible diet - and instead subsist on the processed foods that have become staples in diets worldwide - the obesity crisis will continue.

One of the best ways to ensure you eat a healthy, weight-friendly diet is by following some of Michael  rules for eating: 
  • Eat food, mainly plants (especially leafy greens).
  • Eat whole grains.
  • Don't eat anything your grandparents wouldn't recognize as food (hmm, maybe we need to start saying great grandparents)
  • Don't eat anything with more than five ingredients or with ingredients you can't pronounce (except something like quinoa).
  • Don't eat anything that won't rot.
  • Junk food is permissible - if you cook it yourself.
  • Leave the table a little hungry.


ain't for city gals said...

I have been thinking about this post today. One of my girl friends...a doctor...says that weight management is done with the fork and exercise (especially cardio) is for the heart. As I get older I tend to believe it. Honestly, I do eat healthy but it just seems like you can hardly eat anything...I have been trying to lose the same 10-15 pounds forever.

Shona~ LALA dex press said...

Yes, my grandparents were all from the south and ate some pretty scary things in my opinion... and lunch sometimes and dinner always ended with pie or ice cream (or a la mode).

Cherie said...

Sheryl, I know that some restaurants serve entrees with so many calories (more than one should eat in a day sometimes) it is not possible to work off those calories unless you're a professional linebacker (or equivalent). We're fooling ourselves if we think a walk around the block or even a session at the gym will burn enough calories to make up for the standard American diet.

Cherie said...

Shona, my grandparents (and parents) were from the South but I don't think it really got scary until the 50s and 60s when fake food and KFC every day became the typical diet. I always thought my Alabama grandfather was "fat" but now I realize he was just naturally stocky. My grandmother cooked big meals (mainly the noonday meal "dinner") but didn't suffer any consequences since they ate real food.

April Michelle said...

In my son's case I would say great-great-grandparents. Now I don't feel so bad about overeating last night as I made homemade minestrone soup and beer bread from scratch. It wasn't perfect, but better than eating out for sure.

Cherie said...

April - homemade minestrone soup and beer bread sound delicious - and healthy. :)