A Healthy Lifestyle: Happy Life

*This is the first of a 6 – part series*

Healthy living can be defined as making positive decisions about what to eat, drink and how to live life to enhance physical, mental and spiritual health. You know the feeling when you crave for your favorite junk food, the delicious chocolate cookie, the creamy-cream cheese vanilla ice cream from cold stone or my favorite, the almighty fried chicken wings from the Chinese restaurant with ranch dressing as dip?

They sound appetizing and cause salivation… I know the feeling… If I have my way I would eat fried chicken wings all day long but when I remember the wonderful medical inheritance that can be passed unto me from both my parents in the likes of diabetes mellitus and hypertension, I slowly withdraw my constant craving for fried chicken wings and switch for stir fry broccoli, carrots, mushrooms and varieties of vegetables.

Healthy living can be defined as making positive decisions about what to eat, drink and how to live life to enhance physical, mental and spiritual health.Of course it is not easy switching from the junk foods to healthy ones considering junk foods taste really good. However, a one – second change of thought can make a difference. This is not to say one cannot cheat once in a while but cheating should not be from Sunday to Sunday. Living a healthy lifestyle is a step – by – step long term commitment and a personal choice.

During a nutrition counseling session, I would say to some of my clients to weigh the cost of the excessive buying and consumption of candy, cakes, cookies, cigarette, and hard liquor amongst other junk foods and unnecessary consequences that can arise from consuming such versus the benefits of living a healthy lifestyle. Then I jokingly tell them to save up the cash for the junk food items and pay into my account so I can use it appropriately since they can’t do so themselves. This of course brings a huge smile to their faces.

Some of us are very unlucky because most chronic diseases from our parents and grandparents are passed down to us but we can reduce our risks of developing such diseases if we choose to live a healthy lifestyle. While it might take lots of effort and commitment to get this going, it is well worth it to live healthy.

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