Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Making Better Choices for a Healthier You

English 293 Magazine Writing

How to Essay: Family Fun Magazine

     It is two o’clock, you are unable to concentrate, and you feel run down. You want to crawl back into bed for a much-needed nap; however, you are faced with a growing to-do list and bed-time is hours away. You are too busy to play with the children, leaving them bored and grumpy. You are easily irritated, since you lack the energy to get things done. This is not a one-time occurrence; it seems to be happening every single day.
     Your breakfast, solely consisting of an entire pot of coffee, caffeinated benefits have worn off. You decide to grab a Coca-Cola from the fridge. When you open the refrigerator door, you take notice to the fresh produce that you purchased on your last shopping trip. You purchased them with good intentions to eat better, hoping you can fit in your swimsuit by summer vacation. Unfortunately, you do not have time to chop up all the fruits and vegetables to make a smoothie; so you choose the cola, knowing that it will give you the quick pick me up that you need. You think to yourself, the diet will have to begin another day.
     Hours later, the overwhelming feeling of exhaustion returns. It is dinner time and you have absolutely no idea what to serve. Once again, the choice is yours of what you will consume. This choice will not only determine if you will look great in that swimsuit down by the pool; but it will determine how you will feel and how your body will function. The following three steps, will guide you in making better choices for a healthier you: mind, body and soul.
Step One: Making Better Choices for the Mind.
     What we eat can affect us mentally; food choices we make can have a positive or a negative effect on our mind. Instead of skipping breakfast and drinking an entire pot of coffee in the morning to “wake” us up we can choose to eat a good source of protein, it makes you more alert.  Eggs are a good source of protein; as well as, Vitamin B. Vitamin B can protect your memory and your ability to focus. You will soon find all those sluggish, never-ending afternoons disappear when you are feeding your body the nutrients it needs.
     Step Two: Making Better Choices for the Body.
     What we eat can affect us physically; food choices we make can have a positive or negative effect on our body. Yes, good food provides our bodies with radiant looking skin, voluminous hair, healthy nails, and the ability to look fabulous in a swimsuit; but it is not just our physical appearance that improves when we choose to eat a well-balanced diet. Choose to eat foods high in Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, and Omega- 3’s such as nuts, fish, berries, cheese and milk. These provide our bodies with what it needs to function properly and protect us against sickness and disease.
Step Three: Making Better Choices for the Soul.
     How we eat can affect us socially; choices we make can have a positive or negative effect on our soul. Eating well can be a social activity; sitting down at the table for a healthy, home-cooked meal can strengthen the ties between you, your friends, and your family. While eating, ask those at the table questions about their day, what was their favorite thing that happened and what was the worst thing that happened. This will break the ice and open up conversations within each member. It is so nice to know that there is a group of people who honestly care about how you are doing.     
     It is two o’clock, you are focused, full of energy, and ready for anything that comes your way. You decided that you could no longer afford to continue to go on the way you were. You realized that choosing to eat right was not only to lose weight, but to improve you and your family’s bodies inside and out. You began making the right food choices, started taking the extra time in the morning to eat a high protein breakfast, and reduced the amount of your caffeine intake. In the afternoon, you are choosing the smoothie over the Coca-Cola, allowing you to receive a full night’s sleep since you are avoiding caffeine later in the day.

     Overall, your days seem to go much smoother and everyone is in a better mood. The family has started to work together as a team since you began eating with one another. Your to-do list is complete; so instead of wanting to take a nap, you put on your bathing suit, that looks fabulous on you, and take the family for a swim. When we make better choices, our bodies will react in kind: mind, body, and soul.

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