05 Feb 2013
- Written by Dr. Timothy Moore
Now that the Super Bowl is over, it's time to move forward with the game of life. Each of us should focus on the things that are important to our overall health – such as exercising and eating healthy – to keep diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity and stress from ravaging our bodies.
Some people may be looking for an oasis in the desert or a quick fix to their health problems. In reality, regardless of the problem, it's what you consume that can cause debilitating diseases to sack your body. In fact, it's the foods that you thought were good for you that are causing the problems.
Many of us grew up on crispy fried chicken, mashed potatoes smothered with gravy made from pan drippings, and a hot tin of buttery rolls. This was Sunday dinner at my mother's house, a southern meal that didn't go to waste. Now, since I cook without grease or butter, I often hear people say, "If it has no grease or butter, it cannot possibly taste good."
Well, let me tell you, that's a misleading statement. I hear it all the time. No wonder there is a decline in overall health in this country.
"So how can I change my health for the better?" I'm glad you asked. It's not complicated at all. First, eat foods that are nutritious. Maintain an exercise regiment. Drink plenty of water.
And then change your lifestyle.
Making a lifestyle change may take a little time, but don't despair. You'll get there. If you're serious and really want to achieve success, you'll make it work. If you are trying to lose weight or regain your health, the foods you consume can be a lifesaver, or a death sentence.
It is so important to read food labels. Don't be misguided by labels that say organic, natural, gluten-free and a host of other false advertisements. Processed, prepackaged foods, for example, are loaded with sodium, cholesterol, transfat and other problematic ingredients.
If you're eating the wrong foods, it won't take long before the pounds start adding up and your health starts declining. No one really knows what it feels like to be overweight unless you've been there. The same applies to diabetic sufferers and those undergoing emotional stress. You won't know how it feels until you've walked in their shoes.
Everyday we're faced with certain challenges and obstacles. Some are small, while others appear larger than life. We need to learn to look at those issues with both eyes open and not just focus on the far distant horizon, which, at times, can be a misleading blur.
Too many times we concentrate on things that we think are important, but in actuality are not. Focus on those things that will lead to a healthier lifestyle. Many of us are stressed to the max, which, in most cases, is self-inflicted. It can lead to premature death too.
Don't be afraid to change your lifestyle. It may even change your appearance. One thing is for certain: Once you decide to change your inside – that is by eating the right food – the outside will change for the better and you'll look radiant and energized.
So, keep the focus on being healthy. It's not just about how much weight you want to lose, how many miles you've run or how much time you've spent in the gym. If you focus on eating healthy, you'll see a change – a marked one. Put in the hours and make those simple changes that are necessary to succeed.