'Eating Healthy' is the Answer.

You are what you eat!

How did you rate yourself in the nutrition segment? Eating-healthy is not always easy. There is such a huge variety of foods available to us, that it's not always easy to be 'eating-healthy' or eating 'what is best for us'.

Click on the image to see what is happening to many of our foods.

Health Tip

Eating healthy doesn't have to be expensive or complicated. There are a variety of healthy cookbooks featuring quick and easy meals at your local library, bookstore or recipes galore on-line.

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This is one very good reason why we must be sure to get adequate antioxidants in our diet. A daily drink of Noni Gia will help.

There is no doubt that eating habits (and the food that is available) have changed over the last fifty years or so. Probably much more than you realize.

More and more processed and easy to prepare foods have come on to the market, 'takeaways' have become increasingly popular, an ever-increasing array of 'snacks', breakfast cereals and all manner of 'goodies' are on the shelves for the choosing. Food processors seem to be trying to outdo each other by introducing more and more additives to 'enhance' our food.

.... Can we improve on nature? ....

How often do you see shopping trolleys loaded with processed and pre-prepared foods, soft drinks, biscuits, chips etc.etc? In fact, if we were to remove from the Supermarket shelves all the foods that we shouldn't eat, (or that aren't good for us) the shelves would be rather depleted!

Of course, we all embrace and enjoy this great variety of food without ever stopping to think if these are the foods our bodies need. We never give a thought to the fact that the food we eat is the fuel for our body - without the correct fuel our bodies have to struggle to operate and to do all that is required of them.

It is only natural for us to think:

"If it's there on the shelves, it must be OK to eat!" WRONG! - not so.

It seems that a whole generation has grown up with a completely wrong perspective of what we should be eating, and what 'eating-healthy' means. We need to understand that food is the fuel for our body and, the better the food we eat, the healthier we'll be. Eating-healthy isn't all that difficult - we just need to think about it a bit more.

Is it any wonder that we are seeing a great increase in all sorts of 'disease conditions' that were virtually unheard of when I was a child?

Thankfully, more and more people are becoming aware of the importance of our food choices. Click the link to watch the official trailer of the movie "Food Matters".

These food choices influence our risk of developing lifestyle illnesses such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes. Foods, in particular vegetables and fruit, contain a large number of naturally occurring substances known as phytochemicals.

Currently, scientists have identified over 12,000 of these phytochemicals many of which are thought to interfere with the processes that cause cancer and heart disease.

So, how do we stay healthy?

We have been told, over the years, to eat right, exercise regularly, keep our weight down and avoid smoking, drinking to excess, and driving too fast.

Unfortunately, we have not always understood the vital importance of nutrition.

The prescription for a healthy diet is typically vague with general recommendations to eat a 'balanced' diet, count calories and consume certain percentages of fats, carbohydrates and proteins.

There is a tendency to view our diet as something that tastes good, fills our stomach and supplies energy; and not what it really is, the source of innumerable nutritional components that are vital for the body to achieve health, maintain health and enhance its ability to fight disease when it inevitably needs to do so.

It is not practical for most people to completely reinvent the way they live their lives, but, just with a little commonsense and knowledge, it is possible to make a huge difference to our overall health.

Studies show that one third of American children are either obese or at risk for obesity and less than one in ten US children are eating the recommended levels of fruit and vegetables per day.

Start your children early on the road to good health. Avoid introducing them to the many foods that are going to be detrimental to their future health. Start them on the many healthy choices that are available. It is just so important for their growth and development and for their future wellness.

For some ideas on what to cook for your family - things that are healthy and easy. Here is a website full of healthy eating tips, ideas and easy healthy recipes that I'm sure you'll find helpful.

What we eat and how active we are will determine the state of our health.

Back when I was a child we grew what vegetables we could. Extra vegetables were delivered straight from the market garden and we had our own chickens and/or ducks so there were always fresh free range eggs. Our milk, always with a thick layer of cream on top, came direct from the local dairy and was poured straight into our own jugs.

Now, with such a huge variety available to us, foods are often chosen more for convenience than for the nutrition value.

There is quite a move on now for people to grow a few vegetables in their garden, even if they have only a small plot of land - it is quite practical to grow a few vegies and herbs just in pots. Just remember that the key to growing healthy plants lies in the soil-health.

You can read more here about getting back to the traditional diets our ancestors followed.

One other important aspect in our life, in fact, probably the most important which I haven't mentioned - is, of course, oxygen. Without oxygen we have no life. You can read more about oxygen and its importance here.

Eat Plenty of Fruit & Vegetables

"Eat your fruits and vegetables" is one of the tried and true recommendations for a healthy diet.

And for good reason. Eating plenty of fruits and vegetables can help you ward off heart disease and stroke, control blood pressure and cholesterol, prevent some types of cancer, avoid a painful intestinal ailment called diverticulitis, and guard against cataract and macular degeneration, two common causes of vision loss.

So, just what should we be eating to be sure we are eating healthy?

We should be eating a variety or mixture of foods across the whole range of food types, such as vegetables, fruit, cereals, meat, fish and dairy products.

Follow this 'Raw for 30 Days' regime and see what a difference it makes to your health and wellbeing.

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