Daily Challenge Monday Jan. 23, 2012
Healthy Behaviors is about lifestyle habits, namely healthy eating and physical activity, which have proven connections to lifelong health and disease prevention.
Find a healthy alternative to a food you crave.
How to do it
Most people have a food they crave that isn't healthy. Whether yours is sweet, salty, smooth, or crunchy, it's likely that there is a more healthful alternative. For example, try a similar texture to satisfy your craving. Crunchy vegetables let you chomp away, but they don't contain the salt content that potato chips typically pack. Seeking something sweet? Enjoy the natural sugar in a piece of fruit, or pop open a plain yogurt and add a tiny bit of honey. Or instead of ice cream, go for a cold confection like a frozen fruit bar that contains 100% real fruit.
Why it matters
Although our bodies need some sugar, salt, and fat to function, it's very easy to eat too much. Cutting down on sugar means you'll lower your risk of obesity, type 2 diabetes, and cavities, and saying no to salt will help protect you from high blood pressure, kidney disease, and stroke. Plus, making healthy food substitutions may expose you to new flavors and textures that you wouldn't enjoy otherwise.
In old Japanese theaters, salt was sprinkled on the stage before the performance to ward off evil spirits.
- Brenda O.Growing
I love chocolate and was blessed with a box of Godiva truffles at Christmastime. However, after a recent visit to my doctor's office and hearing the results of some tests, I have decided to eat the fruit and nut trail mix I recently purchased when that chocolate craving calls. Have found the f&n mix is a super fix!
- Lisa N.Branching
- Lisa I.GrowingLevel 36
- Amira M.BlossomingLevel 122
How about a drink, I drink way to much soda. So I have been drinking more Kool Aid, it'snot as good as water, but better then the soda, especially when I use the premeasured packets that are low calorie and sugar