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Sat04192014

Opinion

Spring into a recharge of mind and body

Chef Timothy Moore-160

Ah, spring is in the air. The flowers have begun to bloom and treetops are sprouting various shades of green leaves. It is a time of rebirth, will all forms of life making the remarkable return to their natural states.

For we humans, spring is a time to refresh, refocus and recharge the mind, body and spirit. Recharging may be challenging to some people, but it doesn't have to be. Recharging could mean simply walking, running, riding a bicycle or hiking the trails along a wooded area. In some sense, recharging will enhance one's state of mind and ultimately one's quality of life.

Quality, however, is relative and depends on what a person is doing to make it happen. When it comes to health, I would venture to say that most people are looking to make incremental changes for the better. If change is your goal, eating fresh fruits and vegetables will help you get started on a wondrous journey to good health.

Just like sunshine, you'll look radiant on the outside and feel great within when you eat healthy. For example, changing your diet could lead to reversing or preventing some of the serious health problems that continue to plague the human race.

Essentially what you eat and drink have a lot to do with how you feel. Have you been sluggish, bloated or nauseated lately? Are you on the verge of collapse or feeling rundown? Each of us is free to make choices concerning our health. No one is going to force you to eat healthy to sustain your life.

I have written much about nutrition, diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity and emotional eating. I'm not going to placate you with rubbish about eating foods that taste good but have no nutritional value. What I subscribe to is a diet that keeps you healthy long-term and lessens the possibility for weight gain. It's a challenge only if you believe it is.

The real challenge, I think, is finding ways to curb the out-of-control healthcare expenses that cost Americans about $2.8 trillion a year. These figures continue to increase and spiral out of control daily. The majority of those costs are escalating because of chronic diseases, such as heart disease and Type II diabetes. Both, however, are preventable, if lifestyle changes are made.

We live in a society that doesn't put much faith in healing. Sure, we have a number of hospitals and medical facilities that tend the sick and injured, but the doors constantly swing back and forth. Hospitals and medical facilities are needed of course, but what about preventive medicine?

If people would take care of themselves, the money spent on healthcare would likely decrease. But one would have to eat healthy to avoid going to the doctor in the first place. If an illness is lurking within, the majority of people may not be aware that they're teetering on the edge of a physical breakdown.

The body is a temple and should be treated with respect. If we continue to abuse it, however, it will let us down. So start taking care of your body by choosing the right foods to eat.

If you make incremental steps, you'll eventually get to your destination, where a healthy lifestyle awaits you.

So plan to eat healthy to ensure longevity of life.

(Dr. Timothy Moore teaches nutrition, heart disease and diabetes reversal through a plant-based lifestyle. He is a professional speaker, international wellness coach and personal plant-based chef. He is the author of "47 Tips To Reverse Your Diabetes." He can be reached by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , visit him at www.cheftimothymoore.com or follow him at www.twitter.com/cheftimmoore.)

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