I promise I really am not trying to come across harsh, but I hope it brings some of you to face reality. I have been in the health and fitness industry a long time and the two excuses I hear over and over are, “I don’t have time” or “It is too expensive to eat healthy.”
I totally understand that most of us live on a budget. I understand that a salad can cost $8 and a hamburger $1. But have you priced up how much a heart attack cost these days? Do you know how many days you will have to take off for a heart attack, cancer or even a stroke?
(From CBSNews.com: “According to an article from the National Business Group on Health, the average total cost of a severe heart attack–including direct and indirect costs–is about $1 million. Direct costs include charges for hospitals, doctors and prescription drugs, while the indirect costs include lost productivity and time away from work. The average cost of a less severe heart attack is about $760,000. Amortized over 20 years, that’s $50,000 per year for a severe heart attack and $38,000 per year for a less severe heart attack.”)
So what are some small changes you can make today? When in a rush and you have to get fast-food. I know you are not going to like this but there is nothing faster than grabbing an apple, celery and peanut butter or a banana. Our family has changed from fast-food restaurants that serve primarily fried food to others that serve sandwiches. You still have to be careful at these places you can eat enough mayo to counteract that decision. I now get veggie sandwiches with avocado in place of mayo. I get veggie patties in place of meat. These patties are usually half the fat and calories of meat alternatives. Surprisingly, with some kid specials we are able to eat cheaper at these restaurants than at a drive thru.
You also know I am a huge fan of Shakeology. Shakeology is nutrition simplified. You put it in your favorite drink, I like almond milk, shake and go. In that cup you have over 70 super foods and more than what you would get in your vitamins. It does not get easier than that.
Begin a workout. If you follow me on FB you know I am addicted to T25. No more excuses for time it is only 25 min.
You can exchange one soda a day for water.
Think about your actions and what you do each day. What is one small thing you can change today that will make tomorrow so much better?
I highly recommend reading John C. Maxwell’s book, “Today Matters”. It’s about the things you should do better today to make tomorrow better. There are 12 different things, but to find those out you need to read the book. I do love where he talks about his health and someone asks him if he has lost his cravings, he responds, “No, my craving for life is better.”
Do something good for yourself today.