If you follow my blog or my social media posts, then you’re probably aware that healthy living is important to me—having a healthy mind and body. This week’s post is from guest blogger Aimee Milton who writes about unhealthy eating and the “big” impact it’s having on many Americans today. fitness-1499781__180

Aimee writes: Out of all fifty states in America, Louisiana had the highest obesity rate this past year. Yes, we love our fried chicken and our fattening home cooked meals because they touch and warm our souls, but we don’t realize what they are doing to us on the inside of our physical body. Here are the big culprits to our diets:

  1. Starches: Although those home cooked meals contain a majority of the food groups, the most popular food group is starches. Fried chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, and sweet rolls are all unhealthy carbs and should be eaten in small portions or replaced with grilled chicken, half of a sweet potato, and a side salad with light dressing. fried-chicken-690039__180
  2. Fast food: It seems like everywhere we turn, there is a fast food restaurant on each corner. When you’re driving down the same street for five minutes, you’ll have passed at least five fast food restaurants. Fast food is accessible and cheap, and people eat way more than the serving size. Plus, a lot of fast food has little to no nutritional value. People don’t get full, so they eat more and the cycle continues.
  3. Junk food: Just like fast food, junk food such as chips and sugary sodas are not the best choices for our bodies. Choose healthy snacks such as fruit or a small handful of almonds instead.
  4. Exercise: It’s important to be active. Many people don’t go out and exercise or watch what they eat, which can add up on the scale. Take the stairs when you can; park farther away from the entrance; go for a walk or jog—these activities are free and good for you!

As a result of poor eating, more than one third of Americans are obese and can’t walk for long periods of time simply because their heart is not used to working as hard as it has to. Other complications can include heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and ultimately death. I’m not saying that you should never have junk food or a fattening meal ever again, but you should have it in small and reasonable amounts that your body can handle.