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A_Practical_Approach_To_Healthy_Eating

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A Practical Approach To Healthy Eating

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790

Summary:
Our physical bodies have laws that are governed by proper nutrition.
Nevertheless people have a hard time sticking to a healthy diet. By
applying the principles of how a habit is formed we can develop healthy
eating habits that lasts a lifetime.


Keywords:
healthy diet, healthy eating, habit, healthy eating habits


Article Body:
I have been doing push-ups five days a week for over 25 years. My arms
are pretty strong but it did not happen overnight. I did not do push-ups
for a couple weeks or months and then stopped. I had to make push-ups a
habit if I wanted to continuously get the results I have.

Exactly the same holds true with healthy eating. You will never be
healthy, eating healthy foods occasionally. You have to make healthy
eating a habit if you want to obtain nutritional health. People jump on
the “band wagon” of healthy eating when they read books or view websites
that talk about nutrition. While many of these books and websites tell
you what you should eat in-order to be healthy, they fail to teach you
how to make healthy eating a habit. Thus in a short period of time when
temptations come, people fall right back into their old unhealthy eating
habits.

 What is a Habit? According to Webster's dictionary a habit is “a
behavior pattern acquired by frequent repetition or physiologic exposure
that shows itself in regularity or increased facility of performance.”

Can you see that if we simply apply this principle to healthy eating we
will be on our way to vibrant health?

Bad Eating Habits:

Bad eating habits do not develop overnight. For most people these habits
began forming when they were kids. Thus one reason why many adults have a
hard time breaking their bad eating habits is because these habits have
been a part of their lifestyle for many years.

Why Do We Eat Food?

There are two main reasons why we eat food. One is to supply fuel for our
body. The other reason is for pleasure. Unfortunately some of the foods
that gives us pleasure are unhealthy.
Most people make their food selections based on what they see, smell or
taste. Look at these three sentences: That pie sure looks good! That pie
sure smells good! That pie sure taste good!

Notice that all three statements involve food and pleasure. However the
food that is producing the pleasure (in this situation the pie) may or
may not be good for you from a nutritional standpoint. That is why we
need to be wise in our food selections and not simply leave it up to our
sense of sight, taste or smell.

Eating Healthy Can Be Enjoyable:

Some people think of eating healthy as being boring and tasteless. I
think that one reason they feel this way is because most of the
commercial ads we see promote foods high in calories, fat, or sugar and
only a small percentage of food advertising is done for fruits,
vegetables, grains and beans. Thus if there was more nutritional
education, more and more people would find eating healthy to be
pleasurable and tasty.

How Healthy Eating Habits Changed My Life:

In 1998 my wife finally talked me into going to the doctor to get a
check-up. I was not feeling sick but she clearly said that it was a good
idea to get a yearly physical examination. Thank God I listened to her.

I have been athletic all my life. I run 18 miles a week. So when I went
to the doctor I was not expecting to hear the bad news he gave me. He
told me I had borderline diabetes.

Diabetes can be very dangerous if not treated. It is one of the leading
cause of death in the United States. It is a disease of the pancreas that
causes the body to stop producing the insulin it needs to regulate blood
sugar.

My doctor told me that I did not need to be put on medication, however he
suggested I start reading some books on healthy eating. That was the
beginning of my path to healthy eating habits that turned my health
situation around. Today I can honestly say that I am in excellent health.
I feel great, I sleep great, people tell me that I do not look my age, I
maintain a healthy weight, I do not take any type of medication, my blood
pressure is normal, my blood sugar is normal, my cholesterol is normal,
my immune system is strong, and the list goes on.

It is great to be in good health and I thank God for it. However I do not
believe that I am healthy because of chance. I strongly believe that one
main reason that I am healthy is because I take personal responsibility
for my health. Making healthy eating a habit is a great part of this
responsibility. Our physical bodies have laws that are governed by proper
nutrition. If we violate these laws by consistently eating unhealthy
foods, we are going to get sick.

								
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