Look at you! You don’t need to bother about your diet. You could eat whatever you want. You are so fit…
Hmm isn’t this just what all those who are on the slimmer side almost always get to hear, from family and friends? But how true is this? For often many of us mix up these two things- ones’ body shape and size, with the actual physical health condition. And the mix ups don’t just end here. For many of us “dieting” equals “being healthy”. “To be healthy” equals “cutting down on food”.
Confused a great deal about these contrasting thoughts, my last few weeks were spent doing immense reading on matters relating to health and health care. I needed to figure out where exactly I stand in terms of leading a healthy life. Was there even an iota of truth in the notion that my slim figure indicated being in the pink of health. Did it mean my habits to live and eat were healthy?
Well my reading threw some really surprising answers. And I was nowhere near living a healthy life- holistically. I got down then to shortlist 7 key health tips I needed to incorporate in my life to live healthy and breathe healthy. So here they go. My mantras to healthy living and health care.
- Having a wholesome meal- This basically means including carbohydrates, protein and fat at every meal. Human body requires it all. Here is a thumb rule to ensure you do get a variety of nutrients, vitamins and minerals into your body. Pick a variety of colors for your meals. Be the artist of your meals and paint a color picture with a variety of yellow, red and green fruits and vegetables throughout the day.
- Choose healthy fats- the ones found in nuts and oils such as olive oil.
- Processed food at its minimal, reducing the use of white sugar. No requirement to cut them of totally. A thing I am convinced about is cooking from scratch. It makes it a more healthy way to eat. I do have this habit of picking up pre-packaged, readymade stuff from the stores that require just a bit of boiling. Generally used to make curries. Blame it on the lazy me! But then pre-packaged or ready-meals are high in fat and salt but very low in nutrients.
- Choose whole grains over refined.
- Don’t count calories; count the healthy ingredients in your food instead.
- Manage that stress- Almost all doctors’ advice that stress is a killer of a thing for the human body. Be stable; relax your mind as much as you relax your body.
- Finally choose life- Have fun, exercise more, relax more. Be happy and smile as often as possible.