Our ancestors lived a life much simpler than us. Eating food straight from the farm, grown without using strong chemicals, pollution was nonexistent, proper sleep, and many other factors could have contributed to their long and healthy life.
What About Us?
In the modern era, people have become nomads confined inside four walls.
- We eat when we think we are hungry or when we are bored.
- We schedule our sleep in correspondence with our shift at work.
- We squeeze our workout routines into the little free time we get.
- Our neck is always bent at a 45-degree angle.
- We constantly stare into the bright light of our monitors, concentrating on the little letters.
We do all this in need of a happier life; what about living the happy life we earned with good health, away from hospital beds and health insurance companies?
How Can I Manage My Diet?
It’s easy to eat breakfast cereal, stop at Starbucks for a coffee in the morning, a drive-through food outlet in the afternoon, Chinese take-out or pizza for dinner, and a tub of ice cream for the odd midnight cravings, but what about your heart health?
I understand that it’s not possible to cook a Thanksgiving dinner-like meal every day when that’s the only plausible way to down these fruits and veggies. Here are a few ways to begin a better routine:
- Experiment with easy-to-cook meals from different cuisines.
- Begin slow, and this isn’t a master chef audition; make a timetable.
- If you have time, try prepping the ingredients the night before.
- Get useful tools to speed up the process.
- Don’t push and tire yourself early.
- Manage your toxic intakes like tobacco, alcohol, drugs, and medications.
After doing this, you will fail miserably, everything will fall apart, you will feel hungry, exhausted, burdened with the thoughts of living healthy, which means you are going in the right way.
All Breakup Hurts
Dying early will seem better than living a long life with this routine. Like all breakups, breaking up with junk food will also hurt. You will have to go through the five stages of grief:
- Denial– I am young now; I can eat anything.
- Anger– You shouldn’t judge me for my habits. You don’t know what I am going through!
- Bargaining– If I eat this, I will gain this many calories, and I will workout 15 minutes extra tomorrow to burn that.
- Depression– I am doing everything the doctor insisted, I followed all those healthy food magazines, but all I have is a lazy body and an unhappy life.
- Acceptance– I realize I made a lot of bad choices, but I am in a happier place now. I like myself no matter what, and I am taking utmost care to keep myself healthy.
What Do Studies Suggest?
Studies show that a 5-a-day mix of 2 fruits and 3 vegetables is the most beneficial way to consume fruits and veggies to lead a plentifuller life. A few of the important findings from the study are:
- Not all fruits and vegetables consumed produced the expected results. Potatoes, corn, peas, other starchy vegetables, and juiced fruits didn’t contribute any health benefits.
- Green vegetables and cut fruit, on the other, contributed to reducing health risks.
- The study recommends that it’s important to fill at least half of your plate with fruits and veggies.
Five servings of two fruits and three vegetables along with other healthy food can make a lot of difference in our health as years go by. Just like we plan our finances, it’s important to plan our health as well, and even the smallest step will take you one step closer to a healthy and happy life.