CHEF TIMOTHY Eating fresh fruits and vegetables on a daily basis is key to long life. But longevity cannot be achieved unless there is a lifestyle change. Too many people are afraid of change. They're complacent and uninspired to do what is best for their overall health.
Most people in society are lazy when it comes to taking good care of their health. They don't eat the right foods and don't drink enough water to keep their bodies hydrated. Also – and this is just as important – they don't spend enough time exercising. Many don't exercise at all.
In some respects, we don't think about our health failing. Eating poorly, in addition to living a sedentary lifestyle, is what causes the body to break down and lose its vigor. Food labels are responsible, in most cases, for causing people to err when choosing what foods to purchase.
You'll pay a heavy price if you choose to avoid eating life-sustaining foods. What do you have to fear? Do you really want to be healthy and live a long, happy life? I don't know about you, but I do. I realize there is a fear of not knowing what's ahead. A poor eater under any other name is still a poor eater.
If you don't face your fears and focus your attention on your health, you'll be subjected to the ills that will come upon you. So don't make excuses about your diet. If you're not eating right, your body will let you know.
If you choose not to give up your favorite foods – particularly if they're causing you health problems – you'd be risking a lot. And if you've been saying, "I'm going to die from something, anyway," you'd better think twice.
There is no quick fix if you want to live a healthy life. What you consume will either help you or harm you. You have to decide whether you want to live or die. Innately, people would choose to live, but bad habits at the kitchen table sometimes supercede the will to live. And being overweight, that's another story. You cannot lose the pounds if you're a glutton and shoving the wrong food in your mouth.
It is unrealistic to think that you can live a healthy lifestyle when you're not eating healthy. So don't let an illness force you to change your eating habits when you have the power to keep the illness at bay.
Amazingly, there are people who refuse – or are reluctant – to change their lifestyle unless a physician spells out the consequences for their refusal. In my travels across the country, a few individuals have told me that they would change their lifestyle only if their primary care physician explains to them that failure to heed would be a matter of life and death.
You'll have to work at being healthy. "Faith without works is dead," the Bible says in James 2:14-26. Referencing this passage is germane because you will indeed need faith if you're going to work to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
I'm no Bible scholar, but health and religion tend to go together. I'm just preaching week after week on how important it is to eat the right foods if you want to live healthy without the complications that will certainly arise from eating unhealthy foods.
As with any change, it has to come from within. You'll have to make the decision whether to live or die. I know I am being blunt, but I have to get your attention. Eat fresh fruits and vegetables if you want to live.