seasonal vegetables and fruits

We’ve been working as a nation to curb the obesity epidemic and while there are plenty of new gadgets, diets and online tools to try and help with weight loss, we’re still struggling to achieve better results for our waistlines.

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, by 2030, half of all adults in the U.S. will be obese.

This is a wakeup call to start changing up eating habits and putting more focus on being active. Here are some tips to get you started right away.

Stock Up on Summer Produce

With the summer season coming into full swing here in Connecticut, it’s a great time of the year to start working on diet changes. The best foods anyone can eat are fruits and vegetables which are natural and packed with necessary vitamins. Seasonal produce is priced lower, tastes amazing and readily available making getting the healthier choices into our daily diets easier.

In-season fruits and vegetables include:                     

  • Corn
  • Tomatoes
  • Berries
  • Peppers

In fact, Pinterest recently reported that its site has seen search volumes increase for recipes that leverage these. Things like strawberry bread and avocado egg salad are just some of the top searches happening.

Find What Works for You

Having a solid plan and understanding why it’s important to eat mainly from certain food groups is important if you want to know why you’re eating certain foods. It also offers insight into the benefit the foods are bringing to you and your family. Based on underlying conditions and recommendations from a medical professional, you might start to research certain ways of eating that are becoming popularized today.

Things like plant-based recipes or high fat, low carb eating, might be what works best for you. The good news is there are plenty of tools online to find background information on these specific ways, scientific research and a plethora of recipes that follow the guidelines.

Create Routines that Stick

Perhaps the most important thing of all when it comes to dieting for better health is long term commitment. As many know, sticking with something for a while and gaining all the benefits can quickly diminish if poor eating and inactivity become the norm again. It’s key to get the kids and family on board with fruits and vegetables, adding them to your regular grocery list and creating a routine that sticks for the long run.

At Petruzelo Insurance we care about what’s most important to you. Getting healthy is a benefit for you and the future health of your family. If you’d like to discuss insurance options that protect your assets, talk to an agent today!