Fresh Grit: Taking care of yourself

Fresh Grit is about taking care of yourself – encompassing wholesome eating, drinking, working, exercising and sleeping.

It’s been challenging and incredibly rewarding turning my health around.

How do you take care of yourself? I’m sure everyone does the best they can, but more than 2/3 of Americans are overweight or obese according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)[1]. And yet people don’t believe that they are overweight according to a recent Gallup Poll, which found that the majority of Americans maintain that their weight is “just about right.” (Click on the chart at the bottom of this post to learn how people’s perspectives have changed over time) There must be a fundamental flaw in what society teaches. The misinformation out there about health astounds me, and I want to help people better understand themselves.

We are not idiots, and yet a lot of us believe myths about our bodies, especially about what we eat.

I’ll be addressing many of these myths throughout the blog because, growing up, I believed that dieting was bad. Back then associated dieting with eating disorders and I vowed that I would never go on a diet. I defined dieting as watching what you eat and omitting certain things from your daily meals. I ate irregularly and excessively; I often indulged in sweets and sweet drinks. Although I hardly lived a sedentary lifestyle, regular workouts were rare; I was on some seasonal recreational sports teams, went on walks or swam laps occasionally. By the time I graduated from high school I was overweight, and the pounds packed on during college.

A few weeks before completing my studies, I took advantage of still having health insurance and went to the doctor; my blood test results signaled possible ailments up the road, and I decided to take the warning seriously. From the day after my last final, I’ve studied and experimented with nutrition, exercise and all the other components of my lifestyle. It’s been challenging and incredibly rewarding turning my health around. I plan to share my successes, failures and research as I continue on this journey.

Gallup Americans Self-Reported Weight

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