In the 30+ years I've worked as a nutritional counselor, I've found that most people don't respond well to me giving them several steps to get healthy. Some people can handle working on several things at one time or focusing on the progression. But most people just want one thing to do at a time. Frankly, when they focus on one thing at a time, they do far better.
However, it's not enough to do one thing. You still have to take all the steps necessary to live a healthful life. In today's information-heavy world, people know what they have to do to get healthy. But they're not doing it. That's the message in a report from the United Health Foundation that found we're living longer, but not healthier.
The authors of this report found that nearly one-third of the population (30.8%) has diagnosed high blood pressure, 9.5% have diabetes, and 27.8% are obese. Meanwhile, life expectancy hit 78.5 years in 2009, up from 76.8 in 2000. In addition, they found that 26.2% of the entire population doesn't exercise and 36% of adults don't exercise. What's more, half of the population will be obese by 2030. This will raise the cost of treating obesity-related diseases by $66 billion per year.
This is very sad because you can prevent diabetes and high blood pressure. All you need to do to beat them is make a change in lifestyle. In most cases, all you have to do to prevent these diseases is eliminate sugar and exercise regularly. This is easier said than done, but it's a better alternative than living with or dying from a disease. If you can't do both of these at once, focus on one. Then, once you have it under control, focus on the other.
Of course, avoiding disease isn't all you need to do. If you're going to live a long life, you want to live it vibrantly. So you need to take one more step – an extremely easy step. And that's to take a strong multi-vitamin mineral to make sure you're getting enough nutrients. A high-quality supplement, such as Healthy Resolve is highly absorbable. Cheap supplements, usually made from synthetic products are not.
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If you're healthy and want to stay that way, doing these three things will do more to keep you vibrant throughout your life than just about anything else. Yes, there are other important steps, such as eating a diet rich in colorful veggies. But focus on these first. Doing so will make eating better much easier.
So begin the New Year with a resolve to get healthier by making one change you know you need to make. Conquer that one thing, then conquer the next. It really is that easy.
Your voice of reason in Women's Health,
Dr. Janet Zand
Pittman, David. “People Living Longer, But Not Healthier Lives,” MedPage Today, December 11, 2012.