As part of our Lunch and Learn series, we were treated to the Eat Well, Live Well, Be Well presentation by Traci Burton, Program Manager of the Disability Health and Wellness Initiative through the Department of Human Services. This program was created to encourage individuals with disabilities to be proactive in their healthcare. In taking on a healthier lifestyle, ones overall health and wellness can improve and possibly prevent the onset of secondary conditions, such as osteoporosis, heart disease and asthma. Roughly 1 in 5 people have a disability, which translates to 50 million people. People with disabilities are more integrated in today’s society than ever before. This makes equal access to healthcare more important than ever before.
Traci made a yummy lentil salad, included many pearls of wisdom, and information concerning nutrition and health eating as she cooked. The one that made the biggest impression on me was the act of trying something new. In order to like it, you needed to try it 17 times. In today’s face paced society, where we suffer from time poverty, 17 times might as well be 17 million times, 17 trillion.
Here are some fast facts (no pun intended) to show how we have sped up of the last three decades.
Slowing down will help you lose weight: Yes, really. Eating your food slowly rather than gobbling it down gives your stomach the 20 minutes it needs to signal your brain that it is full, making it easy to eat more calories than you need. In addition, postponing a meal to finish that one last thing slows calorie burn. If your body cannot predict the timing of its next meal, it is more likely to store calories as fat as protection against starvation.
Slowing down boosts your energy: Living at a fast pace, rushing from one thing to another leads you to breathe in shallow, stressed gulps. This in turn deprives the brain and body of sufficient oxygen, which is a key source of energy. The result is constant exhaustion and anxiety.
Slowing down keeps you safer on the roads: The leading cause of death in women under 35 is accidents, as in car accidents. One third of all fatal crashes are due to speeding. Driving over 69 mph more than doubles your risk of a fatal car accident so slow down!
Slowing down makes you fitter: More and faster crunches and curls aren't the key to greater strength, endurance, or calorie burning. Women who did resistance-training two to three times per week using a super slow protocol had a 50 percent greater increase in strength after eight weeks compared with those who pumped iron at the normal, faster pace.
I hope you take this into consideration and practice slowing down in this face paced society in order to benefit your health!
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