The importance of being healthy
We go to the Doctors. A lot. Yes, there is Corona Virus out, but I am not talking about that one.
We go to the doctor’s surgery when we are little under the weather, our little girl have a tammy ache, our son has some bruised elbow, or when the our temperature dare to pop its head above 37 Celsius. It is crazy, when we were about to move, having the new house in a walking distance from hospital was a factor. A big fat factor.
In between going to the Doctor, we have a little time to think of how to stay healthy. As Anne Wilson Schaef said “Good health is not something we can buy. However, it can be an extremely valuable savings account”. Well said.
So, how to have good health, to accumulate it so we can the balance when we need it?
Please note that the following was written by a middle age man, and intended for adults over the age of 30, and do not consider health issues, which may make the following not valid (For example, diabetes will void the following).
A. Sleep well. Easy said than done, but the basic step that sleep deprivation experts will tell you: Go to bed at the same time and wake up in the morning at the same time, even if you did not sleep well in the night.
B. Do not have a TV set in your bedroom, and if you read in bed, ensure the light you use is low as much as possible.
C. Ensure you are relaxed before going to sleep. Have at least an hour between the end of watching TV and your time you go to bed. If you plan to read in bed – well, tough luck, because if you read for an hour, you will end up stop watching TV two hours before you close your eyes.
D. The above includes all screen activities, including all social media forms.
A. Stop eating at a certain time. I stop eating when the kids stop eating. If you feel peckish, drink water. Lots of it if needs. Do not worry about having to get up in the night for a toilet visit.
B. At night-time, be aware to the difference between hunger and burning sensation, which is also called heartburn. The first needs to be overcome be eating enough in the last meal of the day, or drink lots of water, and the second can be overcome by drinking milk, taking a pill against hear burns, and if constant situation, paying a visit to the doctor to find out if you have a problem in there.
C. Have long time between meals. If hungry between meals, eat lettuce. Yes, Iceberg lettuce is sweet, will staff you, but will not add lots of calories while being simply: Good for you.
D. Stop eating halfway and assess the situation: Consider how much more is there to eat (and be honest about is) – both on your plate, the possible leftovers on the kid’s plates, on the kitchen counter, on the hob and in the oven. And do not forget to factor the after-meal snack and desserts. And now carry on eating just what is the right quantity to eat from there onwards. Portions control is the mantra here.
E. Eat lots of fibre with your meal. Real lots of. Because even if you are overweight, the vegetables will staff you with vitamins, vital minerals, and yes, fibre. I read somewhere that one should have at least half a plate green & red vegetable. Well, I say go for more ambition target. Go for twice or three times green & red vegies portions than the rest. I also add lots of corn, you know, yellow.
F. Your weight. Weigh yourself every day, in the morning and in the evening. Everybody else says it is wrong. It is not. It will ensure that you are always think about your weight. Never forget.
If you run, or can run daily, that is the best. If you cannot, then walk. A lot.
If you cannot walk to work, walk in the night after the kids are in bed. Walk for 20 to 30 minutes, power walk, and simply walk as fast as you can. Simple. For those that are not gym rats, consider simple strength exercises, which meant to ensure your muscles are not disappearing. After the kids went to bed, watch TV while standing, lifting heavy books and so on.
A. Take them. Paracetamol for headaches, Ventolin for Asthma and so on. Occasional and chronic condition. Take them if the doctor told you, take them when you are a little under the weather.
When you have a chronic condition, it is especially important to do as your doctor advices. When you have the occasional pain here and there, a little over the counter pain killer is the difference between a good day and a bad day. And bad day will make you not sleep well, not eat well, or eat too much.
B. Alternative therapies - Go for it - there are so many of them. After following the above point, never instead of following conventional Western medicine.
Alternative medicine is a general terminology for many disciplinaries. Some of them are western bogus practices, some of them are ancient eastern practices that the Western medicine never experienced, and therefore, never adopted.
Once you tried (and do not stop without a clearance from your doctor) the Western medicine toolkit, you should look at alternative medicine options.
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It is important to stay healthy. The question is how. The above points will help you take the correct road towards healthy life.
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