Diet: Say “Aloha” to a Great Body
It turns out there’s a reason for those beach bodies:
Hawaiians enjoy warm sunshine, close proximity to the beach and lush, tropical scenery. As if that’s not reason enough to envy them, they may just also be the healthiest people in the country. According to a United Health Foundation survey, Hawaiians have one of the lowest rates of cancer and death from cardiovascular disease in the U.S.
So what’s their secret?
Fish, a fabulous source of omega-3 fatty acids, is a staple of island fare. Not only is fish a great source of protein, it’s also low in fat. If you can’t find mahi-mahi at your local supermarket, you can still purchase tuna, wild salmon and fresh catfish. Aim for two servings a week.
In addition to this seafood staple, Hawaiians also include plenty of fresh fruits and veggies into their diet. Snacking on sun-ripened produce instead of chips and candy contributes to their lowered risk of obesity,
heart disease and cancer. Even if you eat plenty of fruits and vegetables already, take it up a notch. Instead of your standard apple and iceberg lettuce, jazz up your fruit bowl with pineapple, mangoes and papaya, and experiment with beets and tarot root. The more colorful your foods, the better!Though eating this dish won’t magically teleport you to a tropical paradise, it will contribute to improved heart health and help keep your caloric intake under control, bringing you one step closer to looking great in your swimsuit when you hit the pool!
YOUR DAILY FIT TIP
By Carly Young
Well, she said it: we certainly can’t magically teleport to a tropical paradise… we’ll just have to make due with the cold. So, take a Hawaiian approach to diet and eat more fish and fresh produce, but join us for a true Coloradan approach to fitness: Denver’s Ugly Sweater Run! Several of us here at Your Concierge Services will be there. If you’re heading out too, let us know! We’d love to see you there. Keep an eye out for what I’m sure will be some goofy photos of the Concierge Services gang.
20th and Market Street
December 21, 2013