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5 benefits of eating your veggies!

This super food is low in calories, high in nutrients, vitamins, minerals and fiber.

It comes individually packaged and can be eaten raw or cooked.

It’s Doctor approved and recommended.

What’s your guess? Fruit?

Nope, it’s vegetables!

Eating more vegetables is one of the simplest changes we can make to improve our overall health.

We all heard it while we moved the slimy cold brussels sprouts around and around on our plates. “Eat your veggies. They’re good for you”!

Some of us grew up hating veggies because they were chosen for us and poorly prepared. In my case boiled until they were mushy.

The choices available to us are incredible!

We aren’t limited to frozen corn or brussels sprouts anymore!

The produce section of the grocery store is a feast for the eyes!

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Such a variety of color and texture!

This week’s little step is to eat one more serving of veggies.

If I’m writing to a veggie hater I am confident you can find at least one veggie that you like.

Add a half-cup of raw or cooked veggies to your daily food intake.

If you already love veggies add a half-cup to your daily food intake anyway.

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photo credit Greg Westfall

In case you need to be reminded again that they are good for you.

Here are some of the amazing benefits.

Eating more vegetables can lower our risk of developing arthritis, heart disease, stroke, dementia and cancer.

Vegetables fill our stomachs with nutrient rich, low calorie fuel!

We also feel fuller for longer because of the high fiber content.

When we replace higher calorie foods with vegetables, we win. Especially when we step into our clothes and they fit loosly.

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A plate of raw veggies can help satisfy the hand to mouth, crunch and munch craving.

Those are good reasons to eat our veggies!

Personally, I like to eat most of mine raw and crunchy at lunchtime. No more boiled and mushy veggies for me!

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Today’s little step: Add a one half-cup serving of vegetables to your daily food intake. Choose ones that appeal to you.

Every journey begins with one little step.

 

 

 

 

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Amazing benefits of just 10 minutes of walking!

What mystery activity can reduce your stress, increase your metabolism, lower your blood pressure and improve your mood?

It only takes 10 minutes and it’s easy.

Did you guess – exercise?

“When overweight or obese sedentary women walked 10 minutes a day at a low speed, comparable to a stroll in the Mall, they increased their peak oxygen consumption- a measure of cardiovascular fitness – by 4.2 percent compared to women who stayed on the sidelines.” Dr. Timothy Church, director of Preventive Medicine Research at Louisiana State

Just a nice stroll makes a difference!

That’s our next little step!

Find an exercise you like to do and do it for 10 minutes a day.

Begin by getting your doctor’s permission if you are new to exercise.

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Then start with 2 five-minute periods of exercise – walking is usually best if you are new to exercise.

“Just a small amount of physical activity each day could have substantial health benefits.” Professor Ulf Ekelund, head of a research team at Cambridge University.

There you have it. Scientific research to support the importance of 10 minutes of exercise.

Even the perfectionist can find 10 minutes to walk.

Walking outside is my favorite exercise.

It is my best strategy to beat stress and win! I walk with my husband most evenings. When winter comes we walk in a Mall.

There’s a small one nearby that has only a few stores. It’s warm and dry and free.

When we don’t walk together I use a walking DVD.

I really like Leslie Sansone’s walking DVDs. I own dozens of them.

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There are no crazy dance steps. Just walking, side steps, kicks, and knee lifts. She has real women like us walk with her.

Leslie is in her forties and a great encourager.

I can walk in the comfort of my living room. I can even walk in my PJays! She has posted quite a few of her walks on YouTube.

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If walking is difficult, then try some chair exercises.

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I recommend Anne Burnell. Her programs improve strength, flexibility, energy, and coordination and are all done in a chair.

Click on this link Chair exercises. This video is about 8 minutes long.

With a few clicks on your computer or a smartphone, we will be all set and ready for a little bit of exercise.

If the computer is not for you then set a timer and walk inside your home.

Exercise doesn’t have to be hard to make a difference, especially when just starting out.

Say it with me and believe it, little steps make a difference! 

Remember our core scripture verse. “And let us not get tired of doing what is right, for after a while we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t get discouraged and give up”. Galatians 6:9 New Living Translation

Today’s little step: Find two 5 minutes periods in your day to move your body. Find an activity you enjoy and do it!

Little steps make a difference!

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