Thursday, March 2, 2017

Habits for Health and Happiness: Weeks 1 - 3

Since my new habit goals are set for one a week, and I didn't get my posts going until recently, I have a few weeks to catch you up on! 

Week 1: Stop the Soda

I chose this for my first week habit since it was in my hand, literally! I have done posts before about my love for soda, the fizz, the burn, the addiction. As good as the taste is to me it does horrible things to my body! I would feel bloated, slow, and sometimes get a weird taste in my mouth afterwards. 
In a study published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine (Sept 2017) the researchers link drinking soda, particularly diet soda with increased coronary heart disease. That risk is increased even more with ages over 40! You can say I'm motivated to keep this habit permanent! 

Week 2: Write down what you eat

Have you ever written down everything you've eaten in a day, a week? You think to yourself, "I'm eating so healthy", until you actually look at it. Did I really have chocolate that many times this week? Being accountable for what you eat I feel is one if the hugest steps to moving forward with good Heath. Take notice of what is written down. Do you see patterns? Are you eating more late at night? 

Week 3: Get some apps to help you out! 

We live in an electronic world, take advantage of that! A few I like are My Fitness Pal, iMacros, and Map my fitness. 
With My Fitness Pal you can log foods eaten, water drank, and exercise. You can link it with a lot of other apps such as Map My Fittness. Map My Fittness will track your movement to allow you to see how far and fast you go. I love to use it on my hikes. It's even saved me from getting lost a couple times since it shows you on a map where you are and where you've been. 
IMacro is my newest. Truthfully I don't love it, yet besides tracking calories it has the points system like Weight Watchers. I figure it's good to try new things. 

Citation for Soda
Gardener, H., Rundek, T., Markert, M. et al. J GEN INTERN MED (2012) 27: 1120. doi:10.1007/s11606-011-1968-2

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