A healthy lifestyle means a happy and long life. That’s every other person’s goal, right? But how are we going to achieve that goal?
The road to a healthy and long life is encapsulated in the chart above. You see, the first and second rules are about eating the right foods.
Less meat, more vegetables and fruits
Why is it that ‘less meat’ is mentioned first, instead of ‘ more vegetables and fruits’?
Experts who conducted several years of studies on the matter concluded that eating too much animal-source food is one of the leading causes of strokes, heart disease, diabetes, obesity, cancer, and other deadly diseases¹.
On the other hand, eating vegetables and fruits is your most powerful protection against diseases. These plant-based foods are the most potent anti-cancer categories of foods. Several large-scale epidemiological studies have conclusively revealed that certain plant foods are potent at protecting your body against diseases that kill thousands of people in the world. The greater the quantity and variety of fruits and vegetables you consume, the lower your risks of strokes, heart attacks, and cancers.
The Mediterranean people of the 1950s, especially those living on the island of Crete, had proven this. Although those people included olive oil in their diet, they also stuffed themselves with lots of fresh (even raw) vegetables and fruits every day. Hence, it was never heard of that the Cretans suffered from heart diseases, and they had leaner bodies, too. Sadly, though, they have not maintained that eating habit now due to some significant reasons, including the introduction of meat and cheese products into their staples.
And so, if your goal is to get rid of the extra pounds, eating “less meat, and consuming more vegetables and fruits” should be your priority.
Losing weight is not really about starving yourself. In fact, unnecessarily depriving yourself of food does more harm than good. Rather, weight loss means eating the right food plus following the four other rules.
Another effective way of losing weight permanently is to do intermittent fasting. Intermittent fasting – or fasting in general – is different from starvation. Fasting is a controlled, deliberate or voluntary withholding of food. You choose not to eat for a few hours, a few days, or weeks and subsist on water only. When you fast, you may begin at any time of your choosing and end it at will.
Intermittent fasting is an eating pattern that involves an alternating cycle of eating and fasting. According to Dr. Joseph Mercola, an Osteopathic Physician, the intermittent fasting approach is a regular multi-day water fasting that involves a metabolic process in your body called autophagy or mitophagy. It’s an intervention that you do to get yourself healthy. Intermittent fasting allows your body to burn off your sugar naturally.
Now, aren’t the five rules doable? Perhaps, at the start, you may find them difficult to carry out. But keep going anyway! Take a small step each day.
¹Fuhrman, Joel, M.D. Eat to Live. Little, Brown and Company. New York. January 2011.