Speaker addresses healthy eating, fitness at Home, Health Show

By Clay Schuldt

Staff Writer

NEW ULM – For many Americans, staying healthy and fit is an ongoing challenge.

It seems, every month a new fad diet is invented, only to be replaced the next month.

As part of the Home and Health Show at the New Ulm Civic Center this weekend, special seminars on health were held every hour.

Celebrity Health and Wellness expert Chris Freytag was the keynote speaker on Friday and Saturday. The focus of Freytag’s presentation was fitness and healthy eating.

According to Freytag, the most common excuse for the lack of fitness for many is, “I cannot find the time.”

“If it’s important, you will find the time,” Freytag countered. “Is there anything more important than your health?”

Freytag highlighted problems with diets, saying they tend to be about cutting out certain foods and are often temporary. Freytag has a preference for food “edits” over diets. Rather than avoiding food, choose a healthier substitute, she urged.

Freytag gave a variety of examples on how best to edit food choices – such as drinking lemon water, rather than soda, in one example.

One of the easiest ways to control weight is to properly manage portion sizes, she added. Freytag commented that large portions have become the norm in the United States. A person could lose weight without changing what they eat, by simply eating less of it.

Technology is also helpful in eating healthy, she added. Freytag explained that new cellphone applications could be used to scan products in grocery stores. Products scanned receive a letter grade based on nutritional value.

Following the presentations, Freytag was on hand to sign books and take questions from fans.

Freytag has appeared on the Today Show, is a regular guest on QVC and appears weekly on NBC’s Kare 11 News, in a segment called Motivation Monday.

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