Do you have a Healthy Diet? “A Stitch in time saves nine.” “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Sayings such as these may well be applied to the matter of our keeping in good health.

Why wait until you are sick before giving thought to your health? Absence of distressing symptoms does not necessarily mean that a person is in good health.

The best way to stay healthy—and to reduce healthcare spending too—is to practice preventive healthcare. A Chinese proverb puts matters succinctly with this saying: “To administer medicines to diseases which have developed. . . is comparable to the behavior of those who begin to dig a well after they are thirsty.”

Preventive healthcare saves both money and pain. It involves regular medical checkup, getting immunized against certain diseases, making necessary changes in one’s lifestyle, having an open mind concerning health issues, and above all, eating a healthy diet.

Preventive healthcare also involves striking a balance in all aspects of your life, including the spiritual, mental, emotional and physical health.

One of the most regrettable things about most health problems plaguing our society is that majority of them can be prevented. Even in the case of those that could not have been prevented, early detection and lifestyle chances can often reduce a potentially life-threatening ailment to a routine illness that could easily be managed.

Of all the factors contributing to good health, none is as important as the food you eat. The age-old saying that you are what you eat has been proved true time and time again. What this means is that by eating right, not only will you stave off many illnesses, you’ll at the same time be equipping your body to respond better when you do fall ill.

No wonder Linus Paulin, a 3-time Nobel laureate once said that “the doctor of the future will not give drugs; good nutrition is the medicine for the future. Let your food be your medicine”.

Unknown to most persons, the food a person eats does more to prevent illnesses than orthodox medication. But because most people eat only what appeal to their taste buds, they end up failing to equip the body for healthy living.

Eat Right And You Shall Be Well!

Now, what does a healthy diet mean? And what sort of adjustments will you need to make in your diet to ensure you’re eating right? Also, how can you take personal responsibility for your health by the types of food you eat?

At the core of a healthy diet is making wise choices from the group of foods available in your area. Helping us in this matter, the U.S. Department of Agriculture recommends that each individual should follow a four-tiered food guide pyramid.

At the bottom of the pyramid are such food items as cereals, bread, rice and pasta. They form what is referred to as complex carbohydrates. And the USDA believes these form the foundation of a good diet.

They are closely followed by food items that supply the body with vitamins and proteins—such as vegetables, fruits, meat and cheese. It is recommended that most of your daily diet should come from these groups of food.

Then at the top of the pyramid are such food items as fats, oils and sweets. They typically provide the body with very small amount of nutrients.

Therefore, you should limit your consumption of items from this section of the food pyramid. Generally, the recommendation is that majority of your diet should come from the base of the food pyramid, and very few from the top. But that is not to say you should totally steer clear from these other food items.

They serve the body useful purposes. But a small amount is usually all that is needed. Large quantities of fats and oils, for example, will cause you more harm than good.

Illness is costly in more ways than one. Preventive healthcare is a far better alternative. Remember that your health is your most important possession. A Healthy Diet and a Healthy Weight helps you take care of this precious asset.

REMEMBER YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT!

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