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There's No Substitute for Healthy Nutrition

By Stephen R. Farris

Through our daily routine we never seem to choose the right nutritional foods that we need. For breakfast, we head for the closest drive-thru for a quick cup of coffee and a sausage biscuit or something to that effect. Lunch is probably whatever the break room vending machine offers, which is usually a cold sandwich, a bag of chips and a soda. Dinner time might not be different either, especially if you simply don't feel like cooking. So to close out the night we order pizza, or we might pick up some tacos or a bucket of chicken to satisfy us and the family.

To make it plain, we're not meeting our bodies nutritional and mineral needs by always eating like this. That's why so many of us are pushing -- or battling -- into the obesity range. However, a few simple changes can make a big difference by substituting healthier foods for the ones we should be avoiding all together.

Would You Like Cream for Your Coffee

There are so many creamer choices available these days for your morning java. But most all of them are high in sugar. Not so good if you're counting calories or cutting back on carbs. So instead of using one of those tempting coffee creams out there, try making your own low-fat, low-carb coffee creamer at home using coconut milk, maple syrup and vanilla extract. It's an easy recipe. Just grab a can of coconut milk. Pour into a glass bottle -- available at most stores you shop at -- add in a tablespoon of maple syrup and a teaspoon of the extract. Shake well and add to your coffee. It should be refrigerated and usually lasts for about a week.

Just Say No to the Soda

Another sugary drink that -- if consumed too much -- could lead to diabetes and other health problems. Instead of swigging down a soda, substitute with sparkling water. Sparkling water can be infused with some of your favorite fruits and still offer that bubbly feel. Overall, water is still the best alternative.

Avoid the Candy Man

Candy seems to be readily available in every store you shop at and in every place that has a vending machine. It's convenient to grab and it's definitely not good for you. Substitute your candy cravings for some dried fruit. There are all kinds of dried fruits available now, such as strawberries, bananas, pineapple, peaches, apricots, apples and mangoes too. 

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in El Cajon, Calif.

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