New dietary guidelines urge Americans to change lifestyles

I’ll be the first to admit, my parents didn’t feed me well.  I’m sure others don’t recognize my problem, I think about what I put in my mouth each and every day.  I’ve almost become obsessive about it.  And even with that, I still struggle with the problem of losing weight.

When I was younger, my parents didn’t hesitate to push me into every sport I enjoyed, every curricular activity that was offered and in high school, especially my senior year, I averaged 4 hours of sleep a night.  Ok, enough complaining.

Each night, they probably made the choice to eat Chinese Food, Taco Bell, the all-American favorite Pizza, and maybe they would cook once every two weeks.  Goodness, how I loved my parents in those days.

However, it wasn’t until my senior year when my oldest step-sister came over for Thanksgiving and her and my Mother got into an argument because all-of-a-sudden, my Mother couldn’t cook for her anymore.  Erin had become a Pescetarian (Vegetarian who eats fish).

Constantly interested in the vegan movement to be more precise, I finally met my new friend Alison, who was a Vegan.  After six-months of knowing Alison, I made the decision to go Vegan, cold turkey and all.  Over the last two-years, I’ve drifted back and forth from Vegetarian and Vegan but for the most part, I have never felt so healthy in my life.

Which is why I’m excited to report that new guidelines will be released by the federal government to urge American’s to clean up their diets.

Our diets are filled with sugars, salts, junk-food, fast food and un-fulfilled with fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.

For the full report on dietary guidelines, click here:

It is sad to say that two-thirds of adults are overweight or obese and one-third of children are on the same track.

“We are saying to Americans: You really need to think about your diet because you want to live a good, healthy life and you want your children and grandchildren to have that same opportunity.  You need to be conscious of what you eat,”  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told USA TODAY.

23 recommendations will be made today when the guidelines are released, to name a few:

  • Consume fewer calories from solid fats and added sugar.
  • Obviously, eat more fruits and vegetables.
  • Increase whole-grain intake by replacing refined grains with whole grains.
  • Use oils to replace solid fats where possible.
  • Reduce daily sodium intake.

And of course, incorporating a little exercise into this change is necessary.  For advice on exercising in the winter, click here.

And now if only I could get my parents to hop on the band wagon and nutritionists became more affordable, everyone would be a bit more healthier.

For the full story from USA TODAY, click here:

 

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