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."
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
There are 8 simple messages from the dietary
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.
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.
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
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
7. More water
Drink six to eight glasses per day.
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!