Beat Back Diabetes!

Hi Everybody! Nessa here to talk you about diabetes and mental health. I am going to be talking to you twice a month about the wonderful things we are learning about nutrition, health, and chronic disease such as diabetes in program. We have Nutrition and Cooking Group at the Mariposa Wellness Center every Wednesday from 11am-1pm in Watsonville.

The last few weeks have flown by and we have learned a lot. We learned that our body is mostly made of water so it is important to stay hydrated especially as the weather is turning a bit warmer than usual for February. Rule of thumb is to drink half your body weight in water a day.
We also learned that in addition to water, our body needs protein. Protein is one of the building blocks of our body. If we are not getting enough protein, we get sick a lot because protein helps your body fight infection. You can even die if you have protein deficiency. How much Protein are you supposed to eat?

Use this Formula: 0.36 x Your Body Weight.

The biggest thing we learned were the Three Most Important Things to do for Your Body: 1) Eat Right, 2) Exercise, and 3) Do Not Smoke.

Eating right is limiting the amount of sugar that you consume. One soda is forty grams of sugar! Your body does not even need sugar to function. I was surprised to find that only 30% of people exercise! The majority of people watch more than 2 hours of television a day which makes them more likely to be obese!!! Exercise will help your body work better. There is no substitute for exercise. Bodies are meant to move and exercise will help you to recover from illness sooner as well as build your immune system. 30 minutes a day of exercise is the best for your body and it doesn’t have to be tough! Just take a walk. According to the CDC, 18.1% of US adults smoke. Smoking makes your more your likely to suffer from high blood pressure, lowered immunity, and can even eventually lead to cancer.

I challenge you to stay hydrated, eat the proper amount of protein for your body, limit your sugar intake, exercise, and try not to smoke!!!

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