November 6, 2013

National Eating Healthy Day

"A tavola non si invecchia. (At the table with good friends and family you do not become old.)" - an Italian proverb

It's National Eating Healthy Day!
(Please note: this is a floating food holiday. It occurs on the first Wednesday of November each year.)

I feel as though the phrase "eating healthy" has unfortunately become associated with excessive dieting, bland foods, big grocery bills, and small portions. We're a country of people who want what we want when we want it (and this attitude isn't improving with each generation). Indulging on junk food and supersized everything is our constitutional right! And when someone suggests "eating healthy" they're trying to take that away from us!

Actually, if anything, eating healthy doesn't take anything away; it, instead, gives everything back to you... specifically your life considering a well-balanced diet full of fresh produce, beans, legumes, whole grains, and good fats can help reduce your risk of stroke and cardiovascular disease (which is still the number one cause of death for both men and women in the United States; and, according to The Heart Foundation, by 2020 will become the number one cause of death throughout the whole world).

You don't drive drunk or stand outside in a lightening storm with a metal rod, do you? No, because those things could kill you. Heart disease - like not driving drunk or staying inside during a storm - is preventable, too. There's no better time than right now to take control of your life. You can even start small: say no to sugar in your coffee, give up soda for carbonated flavored water, eat slower and stop eating entirely when you first feel that edge of "fullness", make breakfast instead of stopping for it at a convenience store or chain. These little improvements will begin to add up!

For more information on Eating Healthy Day, check out the American Heart Association (the folks behind today) website.

Do something for you this holiday season.

Happy National Eating Healthy Day!