Taxing Junk Food…

One in three members of the Navajo Nation is diabetic or prediabetic. This is also a reflection on the health of the American population in general. In 2015 the leaders of the Navajo Nation levied a 2% tax on all food classified as “Junk Food”.  The money was put back into the community to promote healthy living education. The tax has averaged $1.5 million dollars a year with 85% of it going to developing vegetable gardens, greenhouses, farmers markets, food preparation classes as well as exercise programs. What it has encouraged is the return to traditional cooking and a reduction in sickness. Following the Navajo Nation’s example and adding an additional tax to our junk food is one way we will be able to help the population maintain a healthy weight.

Tracking your Water Intake…

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                One of the most significant factors in maintaining a healthy weight or any weight loss program is water consumption. Most cravings for sweets, originate from dehydration. Drinking cold water can actually create a thermogenic effect on the body. In one experiment with 14 men and women, drinking 500ml of water increased metabolic rate by 30%. This happened within 10 minutes and lasted for up to 30-40 minutes. The water must be cold. Cold water creates the thermogenic effect when the body attempts to warm the water. However, lining up glasses of cold water as a reminder to drink can become problematic especially if you are away from home. A simple method might be to put 5 rubber bands around your wrist first thing in the morning. Every time you drink a bottle of water place one of the bands around the bottle and refill it. Make it a daily game.

 

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/14671205/

https://academic.oup.com/jcem/article/88/12/6015/2661518

Weight Loss without Exercise…

It is a fact that in order to lose weight, exercise should be a major component in speeding up your metabolism. However, there are a few tips, though they may sound strange, have been proven to help.

 

 

 

 

 

  • Surround yourself with Blue. Color can function as an appetite suppressant. Many fast-food restaurants use bright colors as part of their décor. Researchers have found that people eat 33% less in a blue room or when they dine on blue plates.
  • Light a Vanilla Scented Candle. The aroma has been shown to dampen dessert cravings. One group of 160 volunteers lost an average of 4.5lbs with this method.
  • Brighter Lights and Softer Music. Dimmer romantic lighting in restaurants encourages the ordering of more food. Soft music encourages slow chewing as opposed to a hectic pace brought on by fast paced tunes.
  • Stick to Wrapped Candy. Having to unwrap a piece of candy takes time and keeping the used wrappers in front of you will serve as a reminder of how much you have already eaten.