Although being relatively healthy, and affected only rarely with a cold and flu, I weighed a paltry 98 pounds in grade 9. At 5’4”, I was very scrawny and under weight. I started Tae Kwon Do in grade 9, and soon after, weight training in grade 10. By my final year of high school, I had brought my weight up to 132 – just within the ideal weight range for a height of 5’7”, but barely.
By second year in university, I had brought my weight up to 150 pounds, which then settled at around 140. It was during those years that I first began taking a sincere interest in personal fitness and well-being.
Natural Health Diet - You Are What You Eat
Every year I see my friends and people around me get sick, be it a minor illness or a major sickness. It puzzled me why I never got sick like everyone else.
Did you know: half of the top 10 causes of death in America, such as heart disease, stroke, cancer, and diabetes are attributed to diet.
I noticed subtle differences in lifestyles. I’m fortunate that I was never big on junk food or sweets. I ate three regular meals everyday, and sometimes five or six smaller meals. I always ate a lot of veggies and fruits, and until recent few years, I ate a lot of meat and dairy products as well.
I’ve cut down on my meat consumption, and have noticed a more improved physical fitness, and the occurrence of acne significantly decreased.
I also avoid fattening foods such as cheese, butter, margarine, etc… Don’t get me wrong, I don’t have a boring, tasteless diet – far from it – I was well known on campus for my cooking skills, and college friends flocked to my residence for dinners.
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You don’t have to give up all your favorite foods to be healthy. You just need to be more aware of what you can do to improve your overall health, and use healthy substitutes for some of the more fattening foods.
Being healthy is a lot of common sense as well: eat a lot of veggies and fruits; eat less meat; eat less fattening foods, and load up on fiber! How do you do that? Simple, eat a lot of veggies. There are a variety of delicious foods that you can eat for fibers.
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