Eating well is the cornerstone for good health. We all know that.
A veritable pharmacy awaits us in the market stands, the backyard gardens and the grocery stores where fruits, vegetables, nuts and grains reside.
The fact that it won't be long before more than half of the population of most U.S. states will be obese is not a crisis that's looming. The crisis is here. What's insidious is that most Americans don't see it creeping up in their own lives.
But I've learned that how we change goes far deeper than just eating salads or counting calories.
It's about making small shifts, in our beliefs about ourselves, in our level of awareness about our behaviors; and, most importantly, in the choices that we make as a result.
Over the past few years I've talked with many people who have been able to make big changes by just changing one thing they do every day. It can be as simple as eating an apple a day, or drinking water instead of soda pop. It's one day at a time, one choice at a time.
I first began writing about this conundrum when I realized we don't need any more information about what to eat. There's plenty of information out there in magazines, books, and through the news media. We already know that in order to be healthier, we need to eat healthier foods. And most of us know what those foods are.
We also need to move around more. Exercise burns calories. That's no secret, either.
But making lasting changes is an inside job. That alone provides enough material to keep me at the computer keys because it's at the core of so many of the struggles that we all face, my own included.
How we relate to food is so basic, not only for our physical health, but also for our emotional health, our mental health, and our spiritual health. It's the one aspect of our very complicated lives at this very complicated point in time that we actually can control.
I'll be continuing this conversation as I join the contributing staff of the Grand Valley Magazine, soon to make it's re-entry as a local publication. I am so very thankful to the Grand Junction Free Press for providing some space for me to share my thoughts and insights.
Eating well can be a wonderful journey. I hope I've helped to make that path a little bit straighter and a little bit smoother for my readers.
Paula M. Anderson is a local writer who has done presentations on Eating Well throughout the community. She is author of "Eat Well, Be Well," a booklet for forming a healthy relationship with food. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.