Health starts in the kitchen
Health starts in the kitchen
Now that we’re done with January and getting into February, it’s time for an important check-in: how are you doing on those New Year’s resolutions that you set at the beginning of the month? Are you working out more? Eating healthier? Have you taken up that new hobby that you’ve been meaning to pick up for years? If your answer to these questions is “no,” or “not quite,” then you’re not alone. In fact, studies show that 20% of resolutions are broken by the first week of January and 80% are not completed within the year. 
So, what’s going on here? Are you just not committed enough to self-improvement? Are you setting unrealistic expectations? Are you being too hard on yourself? Well, maybe it’s not you; maybe it’s the very idea of setting New Year’s resolutions and expecting to immediately implement many large changes just because the calendar has flipped to a new year that needs changing.
If you’re feeling frustrated about missing the mark on some of your resolutions, maybe this year is the year where you don’t give up and push them aside until next year, but rather start making gradual changes and goals throughout the year. This will allow for a more manageable approach that will ultimately result in more lasting changes.
Between 2010 and 2019, 28% of Americans reported that they weighed over 200 pounds—a four percent increase from the previous decade . Even with these staggering statistics, fewer Americans now consider themselves overweight or obese. Additionally, fewer adults hope to lose weight than in previous decades, demonstrating an overall social complacency when it comes to personal health.
Although the causes for changes in these statistics—as well as for individuals being overweight or obese—are complicated, the statistics reflect the wide-ranging impact of the obesity epidemic in the U.S. In fact, more than 70% of U.S. adults are currently overweight or obese.
As mentioned previously, a range of factors contribute to individuals becoming overweight or obese, including genetic, socioeconomic, and lifestyle factors. But one contributor to these numbers is not like the others: culture. Cheap and highly-processed food is readily available in the U.S. compared to other countries, and urban areas in the U.S. are designed for cars, rather bikes or pedestrians. So, in the U.S. a condition that has a wide range of other contributing factors can be significantly exacerbated by U.S. culture surrounding diet and activity.
So, overall health is affected by a combination of genetic predisposition, socioeconomic status, and lifestyle habits but is also a matter of culture and personal choice. Given these statistics, it seems that even individuals who have the ability to take ownership of their health are avoiding taking these steps, which is partially a function of living in a culture that fuels this complacency and promotes convenient food and a sedentary lifestyle.
If you’ve been feeling a cold coming on and aren’t quite sure what’s causing it, consider looking to your stress levels. You might not realize it, but excess stress levels can suppress the function of your immune system, increasing the risk of you getting sick—especially during cold and flu season.1
Highlighted below is an overview of how high levels of stress can contribute to illness, as well as what you can do to keep yourself as relaxed and healthy as possible.
Whether it’s the dropping temperatures or new pumpkin-spice products popping up seemingly everywhere you look, there’s no getting around the fact that the holiday season is quickly approaching. For many, this means time off work or away from school, comfort food for days, and family gatherings. Family gatherings can enjoyable, stressful—or a little bit of both.
Either way, family gatherings an important way to catch up with individuals who you’re close to, and the holiday season provides the ideal environment for family get-togethers. However, most people would agree that these gatherings would be a whole lot more fun for everybody if some of the stress was taken out of them.
Remember, you can always find ways to remove stress from stressful situations, but you can’t get back memories of family gatherings if you choose not to attend or host one altogether. So, highlighted below are some tips for stress-free family gatherings to help bring you all of the joy of the holiday season without the stress.
No celebration is the same without some pizza—whether it’s featured at your football-viewing party or a family get-together, there’s no arguing with the fact that pizza unites people in a way few other foods can.
But even your favorite staple can get boring eventually, I mean how many times really can you eat the exact same pepperoni pizza from the exact same pizza place without getting tired of it? Plus, with more people becoming vegan, vegetarian, or gluten-free, providing a fan-favorite that’ll satisfy everybody is becoming more and more difficult. So, to spice things up, here’s a buffalo cauliflower pizza recipe with fresh, healthy ingredients for everyone to enjoy.