23 Nov 2011
- Written by Dr. Timothy Moore
It is far easier to stay the course in any area of life than change direction. But when that course is littered with unsuspecting potholes and dangerously meandering turns, it pays to change course, particularly when your health depends on it.
Life is short, the old folks used to say. But life doesn’t have to be short if you control what you put in your body. Eating the right kinds of food will keep your body working at optimum levels. Though food can be addictive, it is up to you to discern what nutrients are best for your body. There isn’t a magic bullet or a short cut to good health, though.
If you’re grappling with bad health, you could blame your parents for your growth and development when you were a child. That’s where it all began. We develop our eating habits from our parents, directly and indirectly. Each generation, for example, continues to pass those bad eating habits down until family members are stricken with high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer, etc.
Are some diseases hereditary? There may be some validity to that, but most illnesses are the result of bad eating habits and total neglect of the body. If it tastes good, then it must be good. That is so not true! Cakes and pastries taste good, but too much sugar is not good for the body. Meat dishes may taste good, but a daily heaping will surely affect your health.
A healthy lifestyle starts in your mind, and once you decide to change the way you’ve always done things, you’ll discover that it’s best for the long haul. The quest for optimal health should be your goal. Some people may prefer to remain in their present condition – unhealthy. But the reality is they’ll most likely die from something that could be prevented if only they’d take time to feed the body its proper nutrients.
Age is only a number, goes the adage. For example, 50 might have seemed old at one point. But then when you reached that milestone, you really couldn’t tell the difference – unless your body was broken down or you were stricken with a disease.
Change is necessary, if you want to live a healthy lifestyle. It is not just a slogan that President Barack Obama used as a buzzword on the campaign trail. It was key to his ascension to the presidency and could be the key to your success, if you keep in mind that no one can open the door to a healthier lifestyle but you.
Food is a mystery to some people who may not be used to preparing nutritious dishes. You might want to stay away from pig’s feet and other pig products – or any meat dishes for that matter – that were cooked in lard, grease and oils and loaded with transfat. In fact, most food is actually dangerous and unhealthy when nutrients are obliterated in the cooking process, or when the choice of food is not taken into consideration in the first place.
There is nothing wrong with eating vegetables. You don’t have to eat meat to live. Some animals – other than us Homo sapiens – are meat eaters. Others feed on grass, nuts and berries – not steak, chicken, French fries or a chocolate shake. A plant-based diet loaded with vegetables and fruit will keep the body strong and fit.
A healthy lifestyle is not complicated if it’s something you want to achieve. But here again, you have to make a change, even if change means eating healthy, staking out a different environment and making new friends. Sometimes the company we keep will impede our progress and keep us mired in the muck of an unhealthy lifestyle.
I’m amazed at how much money we spend to bury our loved ones. But just think for a moment: What if that money was used on the front end of life to fortify the body with nutrients rather than on the tail end for burials? Sounds like an investment you can live with? I would hope so.
Here’s a little advice: Choose your food wisely. Read the ingredients. Fresh and unprocessed food is so much better. Now that’s change you can live with.