Happy Saturday! Here’s some nutrition food for thought for the weekend:
- Addicted to food? Crazy, you say? Perhaps not, The New York Times says. Someone out there might need a French fry intervention.
- Do you want to get type 2 diabetes? No? Well, what are you doing to prevent it? You’d better be doing something, because more and more adults are developing this disease, which can lead to heart disease, kidney failure, blindness, loss of limbs, and all kinds of other nasty complications. Are you listening to me?
- You are? Good. Then go for a walk. Walking more might just ward off middle-age weight gain AND prevent or delay diabetes. Now that’s a win-win.
- While you’re at it, stop sitting so much. Get up and move around every so often. I’m specifically talking to you, cubical dwellers. Why take breaks? Because it may help protect your heart.
- Speaking of your heart, the American Heart Association wants you to really, really watch your sodium (salt) intake. The latest, this-just-in recommendation (it’s not even an official policy, yet) is that we get no more than 1,500 milligrams a day. Now listen to me carefully: To reduce your sodium this far (or even to the previous recommended level of 2,300 milligrams), you have got to stop eating fast food and processed food, except for maybe every once in a while. And you should really read food labels, too. You would be stunned at how much sodium is in some pre-made soups and other canned/jarred/packaged foods…even the “healthy” brands.
Happy healthy reading!