Take Care Of Your Home

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Take care of your home. When I say your home, I mean your body. It’s the only body you will ever have. Feed it nutritious foods, drink lots of filtered water, and exercise. That is all you need to do. But why is it so hard for everyone to do this?

If you go to the grocery store, the aisles are filled with so much crap. The junk that is out there these days blows my mind away. Can't people not live without quesadilla flavored chips and ranch style microwaved popcorn?

Anything prepacked is filled with chemicals. No health food is in a package, it's impossible. Next time you grab your favorite frozen dinner, take a look at the ingredients list. You may be surprised.

The Obesity Epidemic

Obesity is a disease of the mind and body and it is preventable. No pill will cure it. The cause of obesity is physical inactivity and poor diet. It's as simple as that. Obesity is a factor for many other diseases as well. With the right information and a desire to turn things around, almost everyone can change their body composition. We are all stuck with our skeletal structure, the length of our bones and our height, but the flesh that's attached is something we have a degree of control over. We can tone, build and maintain muscle mass through exercise, or let nature break us down over time.


We can modify our intake of fats and carbohydrates, or shovel everything down in plain sight to satisfy our every waking desire. It's a choice.

Food is an inanimate object. It doesn’t call out to us or possess us or force us to consume it. Even when we are hungry, we have control over our hands and our mouths. We are in the driver's seat all the way. Make better choices; choose greens over chips, fruits over candy, and apples over doughnuts.

Anorexia and Bulimia

Obesity isn't the only disease that is surrounding us. Eating disorders are a huge issue as well, and it is becoming more and more common. It saddens me to see how many lovely ladies around that are destroying themselves trying to achieve some sort of body that is perfect in their eyes. Eating disorders not only destroy bodies and minds, it destroys lives all around.

Eating disorders are characterized by a low weight, fear of gaining weight, a strong desire to be thin, and food restriction. Many people with an eating disorder see themselves as overweight even though they aren't. If asked they usually deny they have a problem. Often they weigh themselves frequently, eat only small amounts, and only eat certain foods. Some will exercise excessively, force themselves to vomit, or use laxatives to produce weight loss. Complications may include osteoporosis, infertility, heart damage, cardiac arrest, and even death. Binging and purging can damage the esophagus, teeth, gums and fingers from the stomach acid.

Eating disorders cause self-loathing, depression, stress during social gatherings, stress for living and even suicidal thoughts.

Eating disorders mostly affects girls and women, but some men are affected too. Women are under constant pressure to fit a certain ideal of beauty. Seeing images of flawless, thin females everywhere makes it hard for women to feel good about their bodies. More and more, women are also feeling pressure to have a perfect body.

Personality traits can be a problem too. Someone with anorexia may not like themselves, hate the way they look, or feel hopeless. She or he often sets hard-to-reach goals for themselves and tries to be perfect in every way.

Whatever the issue may be, recognize it and take action. Try to come to terms that you need help and go seek it. There are many professionals out there that can help you, whether your issue is overeating or undereating. Don't be afraid. Take action and take care of yourself.





-Angelique Kronebusch