Fri04182014

Opinion

Trying to stay healthy? Change is good

We tend to function at our best, or worst, based on our environment, the time of year, and the things we do.
 
 Dr. Timothy Moore

If you’ve ever flown over the Ozarks during this time of the year, let’s say about 37,000 feet, you may have noticed the dense pockets of color below signifying the change in season. You may have noticed the exquisite beauty of earth’s colors emanating over a wide area. Life is so much like this – just as colorful and always changing from one season to another.

We tend to function at our best, or worst, based on our environment, the time of year, and the things we do. Let me illustrate my point: During the summertime, we’ll do everything possible to lose that burdensome weight – like a tree shedding its leaves. But when the season changes, the weight returns. This change occurs year after year.

When it comes to our health, for example, we must decide what’s important and what’s not important. I’m sure we all want to live to a ripe old age and die gracefully in our sleep. But don’t count on it; we don’t know how it will end, particularly if our lives are continually in change mode. Change is a given, an evidential part of life. We have no control over it sometimes, but what we do have control over is our health and how we treat our bodies.

There is a season change when it comes to eating and preparing food. Certain foods we eat during the summer; certain foods we eat during the winner. I’m sure each of us treasures life, but there is no simple solution to fixing what ails us if we take life for granted, such as indulging in unhealthy eating practices. But here’s one solution that I know works: You got to decide when enough is enough and change your diet so you won’t have to endure the pain of long-suffering.

The other day, someone asked me what would be good to eat for breakfast. I asked why. My contention is this: You can eat anything for breakfast, because the stomach will recognize any food that is consumed. But eating a good wholesome, nutritious breakfast is the key to good health, particularly if you’re trying to control your weight or lose weight altogether.  

In actuality, a meal is a meal. But if its breakfast that you want, and you believe it is a necessary part of waking up in the morning, don’t be persuaded to eat fatty and unhealthy food such as pork bacon, for example. It doesn’t do the body good. In fact, you might see a change in girth and body weight. If weight is a concern, try eating a nutritious and wholesome breakfast of fruit and grain.

Change is good, if you’re trying to stay healthy. Decide what’s important in your life, then rev it up or tone it down. Start adding and subtracting. Consuming the right food, drink, or dessert (depending on the right kind of sweet treat, of course) will make a difference in your life. You’ll begin to see things differently and feel a whole lot better.

The kind of food we eat is tied to our emotional health. If we’re eating right, food will soothe the mind, strengthen the body, and lift the spirit. On the other hand, if we’re eating the wrong food, our mind will wither, our body will collapse, and our spirit will wander.

You deserve the best – but only you can take charge of your health and right what is wrong with it. If you’re not satisfied with what you see in the mirror, then do something about it. The only way to do that is change your diet, focus on longevity, and enjoy life to the fullest.

Eating the right food is important; I can’t say this enough. So start living the rest of your life if you’re convinced that the message conveyed in this column fits you. If it’s your health that you’re concerned about, start by eating fruit and vegetables, and learn to relax. Remember, change is good.

As fall turns into winter, you might consider doing those things that kept you slim and trim during the summer months. Your diet doesn’t have to change from one season to another. It’s just a state of mind. Don’t worry about the things you can’t control, because stress will affect your overall health and cause all kinds of health-related illnesses.  

(Dr. Timothy Moore teaches nutrition, heart disease and diabetes reversal through a plant-based lifestyle. He is a professional speaker, wellness coach and personal plant-based chef. He can be reached by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit him on the Web at http://www.cheftimothymoore.com or www.twitter.com/cheftimmoore; or text him at 33938 message Chef.)

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