Did you know that almost 2 million Americans are diagnosed with diabetes every year?! At this rate, as many as 1 out of every 3 Americans will have diabetes by the year 2050! That is only 36 years away!! And diabetes is only one of the many diseases that go hand in hand with an unhealthy lifestyle where people consider things like burgers, fries, and soda to be “foods” fit for eating. These “foods” do much more harm than good for your body, so why do so many people still indulge in them? If you grow up eating unhealthy foods, it is difficult to deny the cravings - even when you know deep down that you should really kick the habit and try to eat healthier. Also, even if it is common knowledge that certain foods are junk, the specifics of exactly why they should be cut from your diet can be hazy. So the health risks of eating these foods should be brought to light.
Now, I won't pretend to be a doctor or a health foods specialist, just someone who believes in eating right and in studying which foods are beneficial and which are harmful for our consumption. Some might think, “It's too late to change now, I've eaten this way for all of my life,” but they would be wrong. Simply dropping certain foods from your diet and exchanging them for healthy alternatives can dramatically increase your health and even reverse certain diseases such as diabetes and high blood pressure.
Others might believe that simply doing extra crunches at the gym will compensate for that burger and fries that was eaten at lunchtime. Do you know how much more a salad or an unprocessed turkey sandwich on 100% whole grain bread can benefit your body?
Change can be hard, especially when unhealthy food is probably beckoning to you from every direction, but even so, changing your diet now rather than later can have so many advantages - not only for you, but also for your friends and loved ones!
Your diet is only part of the issue. Having a good exercise routine is also necessary, as well as minimizing stress and tension throughout your day and doing away with bad habits such as smoking. You are probably thinking that this is easier said than done and you're right, but remember that every journey begins with just a single step.