Junk News XVIII: Junk Food Diet May Lower IQ – US News and World Report

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Health Buzz: Junk Food Diet May Lower IQ – US News and World Report.

I wholeheartedly agree with this article!! Even though you can watch the contestants on The Biggest Loser lose weight quickly and with the most grueling workouts, that doesn’t mean that you can or should start that way. Obesity has become a mental issue, sometimes more than a physical one. The emotions that surround your reasons for being obese are stronger than the physical impulses to overeat. Most times you don’t eat because your stomach tells you to, you eat and eat because your heart and ego tell you to!!

This is why holistic health/wellness is key to a successful lifestyle. No matter what path you take – alternative medicine, exercise, nutrition/diet changes – you have to approach all aspects of YOUR being – mental/emotional, physical, spiritual (relationships and not the emotions and conditioning that dictate your choices in life) – with the same amount of zeal and effort. It doesn’t make sense to do all the exercise and fasting and all this if you haven’t resolved the emotional issues that lead you to eat in the first place.

I probably said this so many times on so many occasions. You’ve probably heard this from others many times before. That’s fine. As long as it takes for you to do the right things, the things that better you, I’ll say it over and over and over.

Teach One. Reach One. Each One. That’s the healthiest junk I can give you today. Bless!

Junk News XVI: Sale of junk food to be banned in Ontario schools (with a little extra)

Sale of junk food to be banned in Ontario schools.

I won’t say that this is a good idea…but I won’t say that this is a bad idea either. Ontario has good intentions but banning junk food in the school is not going to just “solve the problem.” That doesn’t mean that banning junk off altogether is the answer either.

What does help is manifold:

  • In banning junk foods, they can sell healthier alternatives, such as fruits and nuts or snacks that cater to a healthier crowd. Children need snacks to keep them going throughout the day. Why not have a fruit/nut/water stand?
  • At the same time, schools MUST reinstate extra-curricular activities, such as gym or even playing a music instrument. We have become a continent so focused on learning and the future that we stopped looking at the present – children need a balance between learning and doing so that they can become well-rounded and successful individuals in the future.
  • At the end of the day, schools are only a part of the sum. Parents much also do what they can to educate their children. This does not mean to tell them to eat right and you do the total opposite. This is one of the times where children are going to have to learn by your example.

Junk Food (and other junk we consume) should be considered a “luxury.” Something that we can indulge in every so often, but it has to be earned. It cannot be a crutch. That doesn’t mean that they can’t have junk food at all. Children need to learn new ways of eating and appreciate health so that if they do eat a candy bar, it’s not going ot affect their overall health. They won’t overindulge and they will be able to cope with exercise and a positive and focused attitude.

In other words, it has to be a holistic and balanced approach.

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When I found this blog post, I had to put it in this post. Who better to put their money where their mouth is but me? I doesn’t make sense for me to talk about how much junk food is NOT good for you and not provide those healthier alternatives I was talking about. I’m only now learning to cook for myself (I baked an organic chicken the other day- the first time in years!) and soon I will be able to try this out and make it taste good for me. If you’re a fan of cooking and want to try this out, post a comment letting me know how it went. If you’re already a pro in the kitchen, leave any tips you can – for me and my readers.

Thanks so much for keeping up with me. No matter what happens in life, always keep a positive attitude and get rid of the junk in your life.

Always remember…if you’re gonna consume junk, it might as well be Healthy Junk! (l)

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Junk News XV: How to Eat Better and Slash the Grocery Bill

How to Eat Better and Slash the Grocery Bill.

I got this in Oprah‘s Newsletter yesterday and I love it! :D

It’s a great way for us to save money and eat healthy, giving you more reason to cut out the junk foods we consume and getting some Healthy Junk in our lives!

It’s my first post for Healthy Junk in 2010! Sorry it took so long but yesterday was my birthday! (l) Don’t worry…we still have over 300 days to get it together.

So always remember…

if you’re gonna consume junk, it might as well be Healthy Junk!

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Junk News XIV: Food Lobby Mobilizes, As Soda Tax Bubbles Up

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Food Lobby Mobilizes, As Soda Tax Bubbles Up.

It seems as if the Beverage Industry is taking the possibility of a National Soda Tax very seriously. So should we. Even though soft drinks and sodas are not a direct cause of obesity, it cannot be ignored that soda and it’s main ingredient, HFCS, is a major player in making our bodies toxic and a main factor in causing dis-ease! I say we tax em. It may not stop people from buying soft drinks, but it will definitely make them look at healthier ways to quench their thirst.

Laters, (l)

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