Michigan's Healthiest Counties
Well, naturally I click on it...I'm from there...and I just know what it's going to say. Even though the title is "Healthiest" Counties, I scroll down to find that, of course, my county is, in fact, at the bottom of the list representing the most "UNhealthiest" Counties. Awesome.
Sadly, I knew that was coming. You always hear about poor Southeast Michigan. We have the unhealthiest, poorest, most violent people in the country. Or so the media would have you think.
Well, I beg to differ! I know plenty of very healthy people! I teach with very healthy, educated, happy, non-violent people! I have healthy friends, with healthy families. I have a healthy family, and I'm pretty darn healthy myself!
In our area in Michigan, you are not going to find a Whole Foods or a Trader Joes. You've got to drive an hour and spend a fortune on gas to get to one of those stores. No, instead we go to Kroger, or Meijer and we buy what those chains have to offer. In my opinion, if you shop smart and look at ingredients, you can make healthy choices at these places too.
- It talks about "natural" ingredients: "Next time you see the word “natural” on the front of a package, remember, it’s just a sales pitch. If a product needs to pitch to you from its package front that it’s healthy, it’s probably not. Turn it over, actually read the ingredients and nutrition facts panel and then decide."
All of the above quotes are from LIVESTRONG.COM. My words are in pink, and much less profound.
- The myth that short lists of ingredients and pronounceable words make for an automatic healthy choice: "Just because you can pronounce it, doesn’t make it good. I can pronounce trans-fat pretty easily; along with its more covert twin brothers hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated vegetable oils. I can also pronounce pepperoni, white flour, bacon double cheeseburger and lollipop, but that doesn’t mean I should make those foods a regular part of my diet."You simply have to take the time to actually read ingredients and nutrition facts panels, then do some critical thinking."
- Low fat/carb foods mean that you can eat more: "Here’s a rule that applies to all diets: There’s no plan, regime, or program that will negate the absolute truth that calories are the currency of weight."
- The quick-fix diet and how it'll bite you in the a@#: "Whether it’s an exceedingly restrictive all-liquid diet, or the adoption of an eating style that you either don’t like or that leaves you desperately missing what’s gone, the weight you lose living a life you don’t enjoy is weight that will not stay off."Your real goal? Live the healthiest life you can enjoy, not the healthiest life you can tolerate. Yes, if you have weight to lose, you’ll have to make changes. But if you change so far from who you are and what you enjoy, odds are that it’s not a sustainable plan. Don’t aim for your so-called “ideal” weight; instead aim for what I refer to as your “best” weight, which is the weight you reach when living the healthiest life you can actually enjoy."
I know so many people who are MAKING the changes necessary to just live HAPPIER, HEALTHIER AND SMARTER. And that's what I think is important. Making smart choices, doing what is right for you. There are smart, healthy options out there when it comes to what you eat. Incorporating them into you everyday life is the key. See what you like, what your family likes, what makes everyone happy and healthy.
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Where do you do your grocery shopping?
Do you shop in separate stores for different items? like a market for produce and butcher for meat?s