Why strive for being lean, light and happy?
In 1948 the World Health Organization (WHO) was created and health was defined as: A state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absense of disease or infirmity. Later in 1986 this statement was added: Health is a resource for everyday, not the objective of living.
The latter statement is a bit like PMA (see last Sunday's entry) ~ health therefore, is self induced and a philosophy for life. We must live the essence of it everyday, not just want it here and there. Good health, in all aspects of our lives, comes from dedicating time and effort. It never comes from sitting on the couch, eating a bowl of processed foods while watching an array of healthy, fit, happy people doing whatever they do on the tube.
The results of good health are all around positive...you end up living a happier life period, because you feel great, look great and are functioning at your best due to a high level of energy, vigor, spirit and endurance. Have you ever noticed someone who is truly healthy ~ you can not help but notice how well they look and move. It is very attractive and appealing. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is pretty straight-forward and simple: eat truly well and get a decent amount of exercise.
Stop eating processed food...Cut it all out.
Eat mainly fruits and veggies. This will inevitably help shed excess weight and leave you with more natural vitality.
Reduce the amount of meat and dairy products you are eating.
We are what we eat!
The opposite lifestyle choice leads us to obesity. Obesity is a disease and also poses as a serious risk factor for other mental and physical diseases. Obese people have a four-times higher incidence rate of high blood pressure, are eight-times more likely to have diabetes, ten-times more likely to have hyperlipidermia, and two and a half times more likely to have a fatty liver. Degenerative arthritis, cholelithiasis, amenorrhea, mental stress and infertility are also associated with obesity. It is one of the most serious public health problems of the 21st Century and is a leading preventable cause of death worldwide.
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