Make simple changes, just for the Health of it.

So you are getting older. You can’t quite do the same things as before. Parts are getting saggy yet your clothes are getting tighter.  Maybe you are growing in ways you never wanted to.
Good news, it’s never too late to reap the benefits of being healthy!You may be losing years but you don’t have to lose your health.   Researchers have found that no matter your age it is never too late to adopt healthy habits and improve your health, even in your 60s or 70s!   If you are overweight, even a modest weight loss of 5-7% of your body weight can reduce your risk of diabetes by as much as 60%. For a 200 lbs person, 5% of weight lost is only 10lbs!
It’s never too late to change. Benefits to getting active and eating fruit and veggies do not only extend to those who have been doing it for years. Start now. Simple things can improve your health. Eat more fruit and veggies and go for a walk.

Make simple changes just for the health of it! 

Four rules to resisting temptation at the grocery store.

1. Make a list. Stick to your list.
Most of what we buy at the store is based on impulse. These purchases tend to be high in calories and fat. The best way to resist these temptations is to make a list. Fill your list with items that are going to help keep you healthy.
A list won’t do any good if you forget to bring it.  Put your list in your car or purse so whenever you make that trip to the store you will always have it. Go electronic. Write your list on your phone or other PDA device. 
2. Scan the top and bottom shelves of the store.
Companies pay stores lots of money to get their products at eye level. As a result many products that are healthy but not flashy get pushed up or down on the shelf. Don’t be persuaded by the fancy claims and swanky packaging. Read the nutrition label!

3. Don’t be tricked by the fad claims. 
A study in the Journal of Marketing Research found that people may eat up to 50% more calories when a food is labeled low fat. Watch for the claims on the packaging, they over promote and rarely deliver in the ways that we all wish they did…. a box of crackers with anti-oxidants is not going to be the cure-all for your health.
4. Use the self check out.
Waiting in line not only promotes sedentary behavior it also provides you with additional opportunities to pack in those last minute snacks, candy bars, soda etc. Besides the occasional banana stand, you are most likely not going to find anything in the front of the check stand that is going to make it easy for you to eat healthy.  Your best game plan is to exit as fast as possible! Don’t let those last moments in line ruin your healthy shopping trip.