Saturday, July 04, 2009
SparkResident Stepfanie Romine's blog the other day about the fattening of America got me going on a roll, which I posted at her blog, but thought I would share it with others here as you all KNOW how this topic gets me GOING...!
Look, stressful finances have little to do with making poor food choices. There are plenty of healthy food choices for people on a budget. We have been "trained" by Corporate America via zillions of advertising dollars channeled through many media sources to salivate over chocolate decadent doo-hickeys which promote ill health. Should media and corporations choose to we could be similarly salivating over broccoli, cauliflower and brussel sprouts!
I have ranted a bit here and there in my blogs about this: Corporate America is looking to cash in as much as possible in as many ways as possible. Whether to our detriment or not matters naught.
We need to:
1) educate as many as possible, SPREAD THE SPARK far and wide:
2) vote with our $$$ and stop buying harmful foods with empty calories. Corporate America is listening and following our healthier trends. Kentucky GRILLED Chicken didn't happen by coincidence! Smart consumers are informing Corporate America that they aren't interested in buying harmful foods! We want HEALTHFUL consequences to our spending!
3) Push our politicians, who are there to SERVE US CITIZENS, to put our tax dollars at work creating healthier communities where walking, biking, skating and otherwise being more active is not only EASY and FREE, but a FUN, JOYOUS time! Check out Jim Sallis' research on "walkable communities":
Praise lawmakers for any steps which have been taken in this direction and keep PUSHING FOR MORE! Here is a site where you can do just that!
How "walkable" is YOUR community?
Attend city council meetings, write letters, keep the pressure on!
WE here at SparkPeople have found answers to the obesity epidemic. But we owe it to our communities to Spread the Spark and pass along the enthusiasm and pizzazz of living healthy and well lifestyles!
Friday, July 03, 2009
...but yet NOT!
Snacking on baby spinach for lunch today...dropped one into my "lap"...except:
It fell to the FLOOR!
How did it do THAT? My legs happened to be together at the knees, both feet on the floor.
I looked down and to my amazement there was actually open SPACE between my thighs! They weren't SMOOSHED together like they've been for ALL of my adult life! There was even enough room for a leaf of baby spinach to fall through and flutter to the floor!
Doesn't take much to please me, does it?
Noticing the little things can bring us a delightful boost when we least expect it!
Have a happy, healthy and SPARKING 4th!
With all the fireworks OUTside and IN, this should be SparkPeople's favorite holiday! :-)
Thursday, July 02, 2009
Recently I've been coming and going at one of our local hospitals and was struck by the numbers of folks around...staff and non-staff both!...who could use a little SPARK!
So I xeroxed bunches of the Spread the Spark flyers, along with putting a copy of the 30 Tips for Dealing with temptations on the back side (why waste that empty space, right?) and left these EVERYWHERE! Cafeteria, staff break rooms, lobby, family visiting rooms. I even went to the meeting room where I know Overeaters Anonymous meets and left a pile of them there too...!
Some may think this is a bit over-the-top, but in this day and age when obesity is overtaking smoking by epidemic proportions ( news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090701/ap_on_h
e_me/us_med_obesity_rankings ) and becoming increasingly a cost factor to everyone in this country, it is clear to me that we need to really push and inform EVERYONE that there ARE alternative, healthier lifestyles and that it doesn't take rocket science to make these changes.
All it takes is some SPARK! Pass it on! :-)
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Recently a Daily Spark article referred to research which claimed children aren't influenced by their parent's food choices.
I strongly disagree with this research! One of my GREATEST motivations has been to be the SPARK for my son that I sadly wasn't when he was growing up. I want to show him the excitement and potential that life has by getting this healthy lifestyle down and jumping out into life as best I can to DO those things I hadn't done for so many years due to my weight, unhealthy eating and compromised lifestyle.
Contrary to this study, I *know* my son is paying attention! I've got him SPARKING! :-)
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