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Now is the time to improve your food choices

Now is as good of a time as any to improve your food choices and make the effort to get involved in physical activities. Here are a few simple ways you can make a big impact. 

Include in your meals a variety of healthy foods from 3 specific groups: protein, fat, and carbohydrates. As a rule of thumb, we recommend that about 40% of your plate should be comprised of carbs, while another 30% each fats and proteins. 

Look through the fridge before going to the grocery store.  If you’re searching for ideas to use up ingredients Pinterest has an abundance of healthy recipes or links to food blogs. You can also download an app on your phone called Fooducate, which grades foods by scanning barcodes with your phones camera, to get help in avoiding foods with preservatives, chemicals, and ingredients that will negatively affect your health. 

Buy food that can be stored or refrigerated for a few days – or can be frozen and plan ways to use leftovers towards the end of the week. Preparing your foods to go further, by planning meals and snacks in advance can also help to reduce food loss and waste. A good rule of thumb is to stick to the outside of the grocery store; buy foods that will good bad within a week or two. Generally, the more shelf stable a product is, the unhealthier it is. 

Be mindful of portion sizes; eat and drink the amount right for you and avoid second helpings. If you have a sweet tooth look for after dinner alternatives that contain natural sugars like stevia or xylitol that your body can easily process, unlike table sugar or artificial sweeteners.   

Find an activity that you enjoy, whether it’s playing soccer in the park with your kids, taking a walk with your dog, or swimming with the grandkids at the Y.  There are lots of opportunities to exercise in Springfield and these will only increase as the weather improves. 

Another consideration is that the question you should be asking is not should I be taking a supplement, but rather which ones and how much. The average person should also be supplementing with a multivitamin, omega/fatty acid, and probiotic. We recommend Aceva products because of their high potency and absorption into the body. Remember: it’s not what you eat; it’s what you absorb. 

When you see a difference in your health and your energy levels increase you’ll be thankful you’ve made these small changes, which will continue to make a big difference. 

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