Five Steps To a Positive, Healthy Lifestyle change

1) Precontemplation: During this stage, you probably have little interest in making a lifestyle change…. But you know it’s necessary. This is a good time to gather information about making a change.

2) Contemplation: You may be seriously considering how to lose extra pounds or you just want to become a healthier you. Write down the benefits and challenges to help you identify your personal weaknesses. This is the time you contact a professional to help you meet your goals.

3) Preparation: In this stage, you are going to be making a specific plan – say, the next six months.

4) Action: This stage encompasses the first six months of change.

5) Maintenance: After the first six months, your new lifestyle habits will become almost second nature. Keep working on preventing a setback and appreciate your personal achievements.


Most of the neurological development occurs during early childhood; this is why it is so crucial to be nourishing our children with the essential nutrient dense foods they require.


BREAKING NEWS: The increasing rate of children being diagnosed with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) is growing and so is the amount of additives in food. A scientific study has found a link between some food additives found in many children's foods and drinks and increased hyperactivity behavior and decreased attention span in children. The most surprising result was that the effect was not just found in children who had been diagnosed with ADHD, but a wide range of children.

Some children are more sensitive to these effects than others. As a parent, you want to limit processes foods and added sugars in your child's diet.


Mayo Clinic's list of a few Food additives that may increase hyperactive behavior include:

  • Sodium benzoate
  • FD&C Yellow No. 6 (sunset yellow)
  • D&C Yellow No. 10 (quinoline yellow)
  • FD&C Yellow No. 5 (tartrazine)
  • FD&C Red No.40 (allura red)

-AMA Complete Guide to Prevention and Wellness           


Below are 4 diet induced conditions that can lead to cardiovascular disease, stroke and diabetes.

  • High blood pressure (hypertension) High blood pressure has long been recognized as a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease. Studies report a positive association between hypertension and insulin resistance. When patients have both hypertension and diabetes, which is a common combination, their risk for cardiovascular disease doubles.
  • Abnormal cholesterol and high triglycerides Patients with diabetes often have unhealthy cholesterol levels including high LDL ("bad") cholesterol, low HDL ("good") cholesterol, and high  riglycerides. This triad of poor lipid counts often occurs in patients with premature coronary heart disease. It is also characteristic of a lipid disorder associated with insulin resistance called atherogenic dyslipidemia, or diabetic dyslipidemia in those patients with diabetes. Learn more about cholesterol abnormalities as they relate to diabetes.
  • Obesity Obesity is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease and has been strongly associated with insulin resistance. Weight loss can improve cardiovascular risk, decrease insulin concentration and increase insulin sensitivity. Obesity and insulin resistance also have been associated with other risk factors, including high blood pressure.
  • Poorly controlled blood sugars (too high) or out of normal range Diabetes can cause blood sugar to raise to dangerous levels. Medications may be needed to manage blood sugar.

-American Heart Association


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