5 Ways To Lose Weight By Eating Well
The New Year means it’s time to make a New Year’s resolution. Whether you love them or hate them, resolutions are a great way to make positive changes.
In the United States, two out of three adults are overweight, which helps explain why losing weight is one of the most common New Year’s resolutions. Losing weight and keeping it off can be a challenge in our society where many jobs are sedentary and damaging nutritional choices are the easy option—at the gas station, at the supermarket, at restaurants.
In September, Freedom Farms hosted a weight-loss challenge to help customers make healthy lifestyle choices. The challenge featured a 35-day weight-loss plan which focused on losing weight while gaining back health, built on the concept of eating seasonal, locally grown foods that are nutritionally dense, fresh and delicious. The winner received a free winter CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) membership worth $500 of store credit.
Freedom Farms is excited to promote health in the year to come. We advocate eating healthy, natural, locally grown foods, and we are proud to play a role in providing our communities access to those sorts of food options in a manner that is sustainable. As a follow up to our weight loss challenge, here are five healthy living and eating tips to help you enjoy 2014.
1. Eat Joyfully
Food shouldn’t be feared; it should be respected. Our culture tempts us to think that food is simply a concentrate of calories and grams. Eating healthy food is a delicious experience. By switching your eating habits to a locally grown foods, you will change the way you think about food. It will help you maintain a healthy weight and free you from feeling sluggish. When eating, make sure to share the experience with others. Eating should be a time of togetherness and celebration. Make this time a part of your day to share with the ones you love.
2. Eat Seasonally
Dietary changes must complement the seasonal availability of foods produced and processed by local farmers. Our bodies need lighter foods in the warmer months and foods that are more nutritionally dense in the colder months. Eat what’s fresh today. Enjoy fresh asparagus and other vegetables in the spring, and continue to eat fresh offerings until the last of the crops have come off of the field in late fall. Throughout the winter months, eat more root crops, free-range eggs and meat.
3. Get Active
You do not have to toss hay bales or harvest produce in the blazing sun to get exercise—though it’s a great workout! Studies have shown that people who lose weight and keep it off typically engage in 60 to 90 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity each day. Find the best way to get active that fits in your schedule, and stick to it. Joining a gym can be helpful if you need a structured way to exercise.
4. Eat Mindfully
Fast food is easy food. It’s everywhere, and it can seem ideal to the average consumer who lives a hectic life. Picking up a bag of already-prepared hot food from a drive-through line at a fast food chain is tempting, but there are some serious drawbacks. Fast food is high in sugar, salt and fats that are hard for your body to process. Kick the mystery meat to the curb. Slow down your life enough to cook fresh, local food on a regular basis.
5. Stay Positive
This year, resolve to stick to your resolution! Invite a friend to join you in your resolution for support and to hold you accountable for your goals. Positive thinking will help you stay focused. Cheers to the New Year and all the goodness it will surely bring!