Healthy Living Is Not Difficult!   

Healthy Living Is Not Difficult!


Mark Twain once wrote: "The only way to keep your health is to eat what you don't want, drink what you don't like, and do what you'd druther [rather] not."

Fortunately, since the time of Huck and Tom's adventures, we now have alternatives to healthy lifestyles. Even better, healthy living seems to have become quite the fad these days - just look at the number of gyms that have popped up!

The dietary guidelines defines healthy eating as meeting your daily nutritional requirements, while avoiding the deficiencies and excesses that contribute to the risk of diet-related diseases.
That means eating a variety of foods in moderation and making sure your diet is balanced.

More importantly, eat according to your needs. The extra weight I carry around is testament to eating to my 'wants' instead! After all, living in a country that dishes out culinary delights from three major cultures, it is rather hard to be disciplined.

But if we eat according to our nutrient and calorie needs and be aware of what we eat, we are well on the way to enjoying a smorgasbord of delights, as well as staving off diet-related diseases like diabetes, hypertension and obesity.By monitoring your calorie intake, you should be able to stay within the body's caloric needs (2,500 Kcal for men and 2,000 Kcal for women). But these numbers mean nothing unless they are translated into food terms.

There are 8 simple messages from the dietary guidelines:
1. Variety Variety is the spice of life, so enjoy the spread. It is a great way to ensure you receive the different combinations of calories and nutrients.

2. Exercise Lead a physically active lifestyle. Make simple efforts, like taking the stairs, and try not to rely too much on automation.

3. Cereals and produce Go for whole-grain products as they are high in nutrients, and make sure you get an assortment of fruits to pack in the vitamins. "Adam and Eve ate the first vitamins, including the package." - E.R. Squibb

4. Minimise fat Dietary fat is important, but excessive intake is the main culprit of excess weight.

5. Less salt
Substitute salt with herbs and seasoning when you can.
Excess salt has been linked to hypertension.

6. Watch the sugar

The World Health Organization recommends that not more than 10 percent of energy should come from sugar.

7. More water

Drink six to eight glasses per day.

8. Practice breast-feeding

Healthy eating begins at birth, so give your baby the best start in life.

Essentially, if you've had a plate of fried rice (900 Kcal) for breakfast, make sure you watch what you eat the rest of the day and try to squeeze in a lunch-time physical workout.

These ideas are not something new-fangled and impossible to, but natural and common sense. Educate yourself on nutrition and take charge of your life for a healthier you!


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