If you want to be healthy, simply consume healthy food and beverages in appropriate amounts … right? Well … not so fast. We all know there are numerous barriers out there to eating right. Barriers such as the relatively inexpensive fast food available at nearly every busy intersection and throughout every mall.
Sometimes it’s difficult to make healthy choices, especially if you’re like many Americans today with skimpier paychecks or no paycheck. Maybe you’re just getting by on a fixed income, and your monthly social security check can’t stretch all the way to the healthy food aisle. Other people tell me that it’s hard to find the time to eat right. Gosh, even nutritional guidelines seem to be ever-changing, further complicating things. Well, complex as it may be, we are going to learn the simple facts, and then put facts into action. Nobody likes a doctor who makes things complicated. So if we’re going to be effective, let’s boil it down to three simple steps.
First: It’s a well-researched fact that diet affects our health and our wellbeing. It’s important that we make the right decisions because, as we’ve discussed, being overweight or obese increases the likelihood of many chronic and fatal illnesses, including cardiovascular disease, hypertension and stroke, diabetes, osteoarthritis and several types of cancer.
Second: You need to understand that the old saying “you are what you eat” is true. What fills our plates and cups has so much to do with who we are. When you think of you, do you think of a shiny apple walking down the street? Or maybe a sprig of broccoli dancing? Or a lean piece of fish doing a household chore? Or, on the other hand, do you see a piece of fried chicken slowly making its way down the steps? Or an onion ring snoring on the couch?
Third: If you’re going to change, it’s important to understand that how you think of yourself plays a critical role. Research shows that about 40% of overweight Americans think that they’re in the normal range for weight. That’s an awful lot of people fooling themselves, which is dangerous because if you don’t think there’s a problem, why would you think to fix it? We need to take a harder look in the mirror, not only to become the doctor in the mirror, but also to recognize the doctor in the meal, too.
Let’s get going in a positive direction. Let’s figure out a way to your healthy, delicious diet, in the right portions, eaten at the right times, in balanced courses. In the end, you will discover that yes, you can have your cake and eat it too. Let’s just make it a small slice of carrot cake … for starters!
To read more of my health tips, order your copy of my book, “The Doctor In The Mirror”.