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Fact: Heart Attacks are the #1 killer of Americans. Check out the American Heart Association's web-site. The food we consume affects our LDL cholesterol levels (the bad) and our HDL (the good) Foods high in saturated fat, & hydrogenated fat cause plaque to build up in our arteries...which in turn can cause angina (pain) in your heart and possibly even a heart attack. We not only have to worry about the amount of calories we consume, but the quality. Complex carbs=good, Simple carbs=bad.
Close your eyes and take 3 long slow cleansing breaths. It brings you to center....brings you to aware...then begin eating. It releases pent up energy that drives you to eat mindlessly and brings you to smell, see, and take pleasure in your food.
Every morning on the way to work I stop at McDonald's and purchase a Large (32 oz.) UNsweet tea; it only costs me $1.08. After I finish my tea (I commute 50 miles one way) I refill that same 32 oz. cup with water a minimum of 2 times per day. On average, I drink over 100 oz. of water a day that way.
Sometimes spending a little extra money on a bag of apple slices or a kit with hummus and pretzels is okay. If these smaller portion sizes (or convenient yet healthy foods) allow me to stay on track, it's worth it! Plus, it can actually save me money because they don't end up in the trash!
Of course, you shouldn't over-do salt, but when you use salt, make sure it's IODIZED. Iodine is necessary for your thyroid to make it's main hormone, thyroxine. Without enough iodine in your diet, you can develop hypothyroidism.