A Long Healthy Life or A Short Life Full of Excitement and Adventure -- Which Is Better?

Can You Over Regulate Your Life?

Can a person regiment their life too much? Exercise and watch their diet to the point where they no longer have a life worth living? Every minute is spent doing something healthful whether it’s enjoyable or not. Doing and thinking about being healthy to the point where nothing is fun anymore? One’s favorite foods never pass one’s lips again because they contain too much fat, too much sugar, and or, too much salt?

One thing I cannot imagine is life with no-fat cheesecake. For starters, when I tried the low fat cheese I hated it. I figure no-fat cheese has to be even worse. Now I realize lots of people love the stuff or it would not still be on the market. Or would it? I wonder if those no fat low fat cheese lovers had to go through some sort of hypnosis process or something in order to choke it down . . . .

Cheesecake is one of my favorite things. My mother used to make a cheesecake that was to die for. No, or low fat cheese would have surly destroyed it the same way Mrs. Miller destroyed so many hit songs back in the 60s [see the YouTube videos provided of Mrs. Miller if you are in the mood for some punishment and want to see (hear) what I am talking about].

There are so many things I love that are full of sugar. I really do not like those sugar substitutes, and some ‘experts’ say some of them are basically second only to straight poison with no mixers. Imagine going all through life with no sugar!

Prepare For An Unforgettable Experience!

More of Mrs. Miller's Lilting Voice (October 5, 1907 - June 5, 1997)

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If You Take All the Fun Out of Life, Is It Still Worth Living?

It just seems to me life is not worth living if you take all the fun out of it. No doubt it seems a lot longer that way -- I mean a LOT longer, but is it really? Or does a brain profoundly deprived of sugar just think time is passing slower? It seems to me that never eating processed sugar would be a lot like being married to the wrong person and sticking it out your whole life anyway, for the sake of the kids.

Yes, I know some people do not have a say in it. They have to watch their sugar intake because of health issues they already have, but it seems to me that is all the more reason to eat sugar while you can. You never know when the doc will say you have to stop eating sugar right now, or die.

Really, what is life without peach pie? My mother used to make a peach pie that was to die for. Already said that about the cheesecake, I know, but my mother was a fabulous cook. I have the recipe for that peach pie my mother used to make, and it is soooooo delicious. Warm from the oven with ice cream on top! Words cannot express how yummy it is . . .

Everyone Dies Anyway, So Why Not Have Some Scrumptious Peach Pie First?

I look at it this way. I’m going to die no matter what I do, so why not have some scrumpdillyicious peach pie first? No, no one makes peach pie like mine. You cannot buy it from a bakery or a restaurant. Lots of Mrs. Callender’s pies are so yummy, but her peach pie will never come close to being as good as mine. No brag, just fact.

Yes, I understand the need to watch one’s weight. I lost 60 pounds when I was at a certain age, and it was not easy. After all the exercise and food deprivation, I was not about to gain it all back again, but one thing I always allowed myself even while dieting, was one day off a week when I could eat anything I wanted and as much of it as my poor starve-shrunken tummy could hold. No cheating the rest of the week period. That day off would set my diet progress back a couple of days, but like I said, life is not worth a lot if you can never do any of the things you enjoy.

Alternatives to Food and Ways to Make It More Healthful

People always say, find something else to love besides food. That is all well and good, but in my opinion, even Sally’s display of breathtaking ecstasy in ‘When Harry Met Sally’ cannot make up for having to remove some things from one’s life completely and permanently (see reference below if you haven’t seen that movie and you aren't sure what I'm talking about). Don’t misunderstand; the experience Sally exemplified (the REAL thing, not the fake), has its plus points too, but so do hash browns with cheese and veggie filled omelettes.

I’ve been able to replace the cooking oil needed in cakes with applesauce or olive oil, and I even make omelettes in olive oil. A lot of fried foods do just as well with olive oil as with Crisco -- and I read just a few days ago that Crisco is coming out with a new formula that will have none of the “artery clogging trans fats” that the old formula had, so there is some good news.

Unfortunately, olive oil will not replace the butter in piecrusts or cookies. It just does not work. Also, nothing but margarine that raises a man’s likelihood of heart attack by 17% will make a cheese sandwich come out just right.

No more white bread? I like whole wheat bread, but French toast just is not the same made with whole wheat bread. I love it made from white bread dipped in egg and then when it is done perfectly, drowned in real butter, and not the unsalted kind either.

Love vegetables. They are some of my favorite things, and I would generally prefer them to sweets any day, but sometimes there is nothing that hits the spot like decadent chocolate chip pancakes with maple syrup, mini chocolate chips, and ice cream – again, not the low fat kind.

A Looooong Life? Or a Shorter Fun Life? Which Will You Choose?

It seems to me every person needs to choose for themselves whether they want to live a long healthy life – really, really, long, with no treats or fun foods, or a shorter, happier, more enjoyable life with some goodies now and then. These are choices everyone must make, and I think their choices should be respected.

What is the point of depriving an elderly person of something they love when their minutes are numbered anyway? Even young or middle aged people should have the right and ability to eat what they like and engage in risky activities if they want, so long as they aren’t hurting anyone else. No drag racing (street racing) on freeways because that might cause an accident that would hurt somebody who is just trying to get somewhere, but bungee jumping is OK. Parachuting, or climbing Mount Everest is fine, but be sure to take a good life insurance policy out for anyone depending on you in case things don’t work out.

So the question remains. Is it possible to live such a healthful lifestyle that there’s no fun left in your life?

References:

Have a listen to these songs that were hits for their original artists as well as for Mrs. Miller. Also, view the restaurant scene video from 'When Harry Met Sally.'

Lover’s Concerto: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NqlX88H4_Cg&feature=related

Hard Day’s Night: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o2wheSpxL94&feature=related

These Boots Were Made For Walkin’: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lgoGq6PTXZ4&feature=related

When Harry Met Sally (restaurant scene): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F-bsf2x-aeE

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Au fait 18 months ago from North Texas Author

Patricia (Pstraubie48), so pleased you decided to check the changes out on this article and do some rambling! The genetics a person is born with are more powerful than anything they can do themselves in determining their quality and length of life. Not saying a person can make no difference at all through their choices, but genetics rule. Personally, I think a life that excludes too many of the things a person loves is just too tedious. But everyone must decide for themselves -- but not for other people of legal age and sound mind. ;)


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Au fait 18 months ago from North Texas Author

Word55, thank you for reading and commenting on this article! I think you're right in that depriving oneself too much can end up with a binge. Instead of just one thin slice of cheesecake one might eat half or even all of it! Better not to be quite so stringent I think -- unless eating any at all would be lethal. ;)


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pstraubie48 18 months ago from sunny Florida

O Mrs. Miller...yes, I do remember her...spare me, please :D

And you know I do so agree..a life without sugar? Would that be 'living'? I do think that our health is in large part guided by the way our own body processes what we take in.

My Daddy lived to be 93 and he ate foods with sugar and butter every single day as an adult. You see, as a child the family was very poor and those two items were usually not on the menu ...rarely was it found in his home. So as an adult he had to have his dessert and his butter. And this may surprise you, but he even put butter on his cake.

And while I do believe in all things in moderation there are just some things for which there are no substitutes. If I am going to have cheesecake, like you, or ice cream, I want the real deal. Otherwise it is not satisfying and I will still long for it. If I can have a sweet something with authentic flavor, it takes the desire away. I try not to eat sweets every day substituting fruits which I enjoy so much. But the point of your hub is well taken.

So glad you mentioned it had been updated.

It is the middle of the night and here I am in front of my laptop. I used to get up in the wee hours often and write. but of late, since moving, I have so much to do (which I LOVE) that my passion for writing has taken a secondary spot on my schedule. Working to fix up my yard which is not huge but is several acres is a job....and one that requires daily attention. And my sweet outside pets need me as much as my darling little Milo, my inside kitty.

Ok, so I see I rambled on a bit, AuFait.

Hoping you have a lovey Wednesday.

Angels are on the way to you this morning once again. ps


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word55 18 months ago from Chicago

Wow Au Fait, I can go only for so long on a strict healthy diet and then one day, I choose to veer off on treating myself with something I shouldn't have as a reward for maintaining healthy eating. I guess it's about balancing. If sugar is forbidden in your diet then later you may crave it and then give in to something sweet especially, when a surprise opportunity to have again, comes...


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Au fait 18 months ago from North Texas Author

TIMETRAVELER2, thank you for sharing your thoughts on this subject! Food is one of those things that doesn't have to cost a lot, but making it more available to a lot of people. Agree with you though, there are many things in this world that can be very exciting and it's just a matter of what suits a person.


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Au fait 18 months ago from North Texas Author

Paula (Fpherj48), thank you for your delightful comment! So glad you enjoyed this article. I took the opportunity to update it while here responding to your comment. Mrs. Miller was at the top of the charts and made a lot of money during her time in the sun. Thankfully, we've moved on.

I honestly think genetics plays a bigger part in longevity than over managing food and exercise. A good diet and exercise are very important, don't get me wrong, but if your genetics are predisposed to kill you off at 50, you may as well have a slice of cheesecake once a while as you weight for that special day . . .


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Au fait 18 months ago from North Texas Author

Georgescifo, thank you for commenting! Wouldn't we all prefer that same thing? Some people are able to achieve your desire, and others have little luck achieving either one. I really believe genetics plays the most important part in how long a person lives. People, for the most part, determine how adventurous they are going to be. ;)


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TIMETRAVELER2 18 months ago

Great thoughts...but...in my opinion this is not a question of living longer, etc. It is a question of how much pain and disability you are willing to endure.

Speaking as a person who smoked for 30 years and ate whatever I wanted, I can tell you that these days I don't miss any of it. The smell of smoke turns my stomach, as do those ads for very rich, high fat foods. Don't want 'em, don't need 'em. I have led a very adventurous life, more than most people ever dream of having. What I eat has nothing to do with how much fun I have, believe me!


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Au fait 18 months ago from North Texas Author

Paul Kuehn, thank you for reading, and for sharing your new perspective on this subject. I'm so glad you have come through well and I wish you only the very best prognosis for the future.

Do something you love everyday. What is life if you can't enjoy it? And if the doc eventually says no more sex -- get a different doc! ;)


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Au fait 18 months ago from North Texas Author

Paul Kuehn, thank you for sharing your experience on this subject and how perspective can change. So glad you are well and back writing on HP and I wish you only the very best prognosis when you have your scan.

Smoking contributes if not causes so many different cancers, not just lung cancer. My late husband died from bladder cancer and he was a smoker since childhood.

Most people agree moderation in all things is the best answer, however we are not all the same. Some people can smoke several packs a day for decades and die from being hit by a truck at 90 years of age while others may live the healthful life to a flaw and still die young. So much depends on our genetic makeup to begin with.

Try to find ways to include the things you love as much as possible. What is life if one can't enjoy it? Don't put off until tomorrow what you can do today that you love -- tomorrow may not come. If the doc eventually says no sex, get a different doc. ;)

Thank you for the vote and the share! Take care . . .


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fpherj48 18 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

LOL....Had to rest after reading this, Aufait.....LOL, OMG, why did I do it? I clicked on the blue to hear Mrs. Miller! I'm still wiping away the tears. She's only half of the comedy....the other half is that she's "serious." How did I get this far in life never having had the pleasure before??

Mrs. Miller aside ( Oh PLEASE, let's put her aside! LOL).....I am with you....firmly! The question for me is always, do I want to indulge myself in a sugary, fatty, calorie-laden delight....or not. I refuse to be happy and excited to accept a substitute-altered facsimile. I either go for it with gusto full force or not at all.

Whatever happened to the rationale..."All things in moderation?" A slice of "to-die-for" cheesecake SMOTHERED in fresh strawberries dripping in sweet juices plus a dollop of REAL whipped cream, once a week, beats the heck out of a no fat, sugar-free, less-than creamy, naked, flat slice of phony cheese cake, every day! That's my 2 cents and I'm sticking to it!

Wonderful read!...UP+++ tweeted & pinned.


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georgescifo 18 months ago from India

To be frank, I prefer a long and healthy life fill with adventure and fun.


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Paul Kuehn 18 months ago from Udorn City, Thailand

I am revisiting this hub after two years because I still find it awesome and very interesting. It has special meaning to me now in light of my recent health concerns. Up until only a few years ago, I never really paid that much attention to my health because I wanted to enjoy my life and never really thought that much about my mortality. Why else would I have smoked like a chimney for 28 years? All of this is coming back to bite me as evidenced by a tumor found on my left kidney and my kidney removal operation 5 weeks ago. The tumor was cancerous and now I go back for another ultrasound on August 1 to see if everything is okay inside. After the operation, my surgeon told me I would have to avoid fried food and sweets. I know I have to go very low on salt due to my hypertension. My sister's friend who also had his kidney removed almost two years ago, said that he can eat any food he wants. Just the same, I still think I can lead a very interesting and rewarding life by giving up fried and sweet foods. At least the doc didn't say I have to give up sex! Voted up and sharing with HP followers.


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Au fait 20 months ago from North Texas Author

Mary (Tillsontitan), than you for reading, and for sharing your thoughts on this issue. Yes, sometimes I can hear chocolate calling my name all the way from the store! Glad you enjoyed this article. Thanks for the votes, too. :)


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Au fait 20 months ago from North Texas Author

Patricia (pstraubie48), thank you for reading and commenting on this article. Your mother made a good point, however, a person only lives once. :) As always, thank you for the angels . . .


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tillsontitan 20 months ago from New York

Oh yes Au Fait. If you love it you have to eat it. You don't need to bathe in it but if you continually deprive yourself you'll just make it worse. Take chocolate. If you try to ignore it it crawls into your brain and drives you crazy.

Loved this hub and totally agree.

Voted up, useful, funny, and interesting.


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pstraubie48 20 months ago from sunny Florida

And of course, that is a loaded question..by design...which reminds me of loaded baked potatoes...nothing healthy there : D

I try to think that I live healthy and have fun and adventure too....I agree ...fake anything just does not get it; if I want ice cream I want ice cream or nothing at all...the low fat just does not satisfy the desire.

Perhaps that old tired and worn phrase...all things in moderation...holds more truth than we once thought.

By the way..I am waiting for a slice of the peach pie....drooling :D

Well done as usual...am never sorry I came to your page.

Angels are on the way to you this evening. ps

Voted up and shared


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Au fait 20 months ago from North Texas Author

Peggy W., thank you for reading, commenting, and sharing this article! You sound very sensible to me. I think we do have to look out for our health to a degree, but never having any of my delicious peach pie is really depriving oneself unnecessarily.

I'm continually reminded of those people who have had near death experiences and nearly all of them are told they must "go back, it isn't your time yet." That tells me we all have an expiration date and until we meet it we aren't going anywhere. Now, we may choose how we get to it, in good health or not so good, but we WILL get there, so one can now bungee jump with abandon and eat what they like because if one's time isn't yet up, it isn't up, and if it is up, it is up and no amount of eating this or that will change it.

Cooler than predicted today and I'm so glad. I prefer the cooler temps -- short of ice storms, that is. ;)


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Peggy W 20 months ago from Houston, Texas

We have known people who have denied themselves many of life's pleasures and guess what...they died anyway. I say that the middle ground is best. One never knows what tomorrow may bring! Sharing this once again. Send some of that peach pie you make this way! OK? :))


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Au fait 21 months ago from North Texas Author

Pstraubie48, thank you for reading and commenting on this article and for sharing your thoughts on this subject AND last, but not least, for sending angels. Your mother sounds like she was a wise lady!


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pstraubie48 21 months ago from sunny Florida

O, my, Mrs. Miller and Tiny Tim should have gotten together to harmonize....She does sound as though she really enjoys what she is doing.

I get what you are saying and totally agree with the whole no fat, no sugar, everything adhered to in the strictest healthful sense. I would have to forego cheesecake which is surely nirvana if the only kind I could have is 'no...something or other.'

Like ice cream, which I adore but rarely have...if I am going to have it ...I want the real ice cream none of this stuff that is low this and low that and not ice cream at all.

Thanks for sharing AuFait....I will stick with my Momma's maxim ...a little bit of anything is not going to kill you.

Angels are on the way to you ps


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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas Author

Queen Hypatia, thank you for reading this article and for sharing your thoughts on this subject.


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Queen Hypatia 2 years ago

I enjoyed reading this piece. People do need to take time to enjoy life. After all, why live a long life of never doing anything a person enjoys or never eating foods a person really loves? That is not really living, it is existing. I do not believe God intended people to merely exist.

I think there is something to what some people say, that we each have a time to die. Even the Bible says there is a time to laugh and a time to cry, a time to be angry and a time to be peaceful, and so forth. I believe we are here for a purpose and when that purpose is fulfilled, then we move on.


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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you for stopping by Shyron. I'm sorry last week was so horrible and I truly hope this week will be much better and make up a little for last week if that is even possible. I understand about adventure and excitement not having quite the sparkle they used to have . . . ;)

Thanks for the votes and share too!


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Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago

Au fait, I came back because of the things that I have gone through this week, and hope this is the end of all bad things.

I know that I want to be healthy, but I also like adventure and excitement, but not as much as I use to.

Voted up, UAI and shared.


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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you for stopping by Peggy W! Life is short for sure, but it's the speed at which it goes by that makes me dizzy.


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Peggy W 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

Enjoyed reading this again. Wishing you a wonderful new year ahead and all of the peach pie that you can eat. :)) Enjoy your life! The older one gets one realizes just how short it is!


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

DDE, thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts on this issue!


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DDE 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

A Long Healthy Life or A Short Life Full of Excitement and Adventure -- Which Is Better hmm very interesting I would go for A long Healthy Life sounds fair to me. You made valuable and thoughtful points here.


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you vespawoolf, for reading and sharing your thoughts! Good healthful habits can go a long way in creating a better quality of life to enjoy all those extraordinary and daring activities and favorite foods.


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vespawoolf 3 years ago from Peru, South America

You bring up some valid points here. I think it's best to do things in moderation...enjoy life while still trying to form healthy habits. I also love cheesecake and most any sweet and definitely won't completely cut sugar out of my life, although I have reduced it in recent years.


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Deborah-Diane, thank you for reading and sharing this article and for sharing your thoughts as well. I agree 100% with what you have written on this issue.


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Deborah-Diane 3 years ago from Orange County, California

I'm back to re-share this with my followers. I see so many people who tend to go to one extreme or another, especially this time of year. Sometimes they over-indulge and other times they are too regimented and refuse to relax their regimen at all.

Yes, I think the key is moderation, and everyone needs to remember that we are here to enjoy our lives, not simply endure them!


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you Shyron for coming back, commenting, voting/sharing, etc.!


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you moonlake for reading and pinning/sharing this article. So glad you enjoyed! :)


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Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago

Re-reading the fantastic hub Au fait. Voted up, UAI and shared.


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moonlake 3 years ago from America

I enjoyed this hub and came back for another read. Pinning it and sharing it with followers.


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you Peggy W for pinning and tweeting this hub! Yes, we all need to let go and just have some fun sometimes.


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Peggy W 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

Came back to let you know that I am pinning this hub as well as tweeting it. We all need to relax a bit and enjoy our lives.


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you Deborah-Diane for reading, sharing, and pinning this hub! Indeed a person does only live once and why not do some of the things that really harm no one and they can be a lot of fun. Some can give a lot of enjoyment over the years . . .


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Deborah-Diane 3 years ago from Orange County, California

Great article! I have always believed that most things are fine, if we do them in moderation. I certainly believe there is no point is living so carefully that we have very little fun. A 70 year old woman I know came to a luncheon with a green streak in her hair. She said one of her granddaughters had talked her into it, saying "You only live once." We all loved it! After all, why not? I pinned this to my "Interesting Articles" board and shared it!


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you Paul Kuehn, for reading, commenting, voting on, and sharing/tweeting/pinning this article!

I think your father had made up his mind that his days were numbered and he was going to enjoy the things he liked best for the time he had left. 88 years is quite an achievement. What is life after all, if one can't enjoy the things they love?

Glad you enjoyed this hub!


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Paul Kuehn 3 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

Au fait,

I really enjoyed reading this very interesting, thought-provoking hub. As with everything in life, there must be moderation in eating unhealthy foods and engaging in risky activity like drinking and smoking. My dad was an active farmer and lived until he was 88. I remember during the last 10 years of his life, he really enjoyed eating a lot of the foods which he really liked. Although his cholesterol levels were very high during the last 5 years of his life, he would not give up all the "bad" foods he enjoyed eating. He thought that by taking garlic, honey, fish oil, and other diet foods that he would live indefinitely. He finally died of a heart attack. Voted up and sharing. Also Pinning and tweeting.


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you for stopping by Shyron. I just think one can moderate all the fun and joy out of life if they're not careful. Being moderate and sensible is good, but it has it's limits.


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Peggy W, thank you for reading, commenting, voting, and sharing this hub! I think moderation is good, but only to the point that one doesn't moderate all of the fun and interesting things out of the only life they will get to live.


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

mperrottet, thank you for reading, commenting, and voting on this hub and for sharing your thoughts on moderation. We seem to be in agreement. ;)


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Deborah-Diane, thank you for reading and commenting on this hub and for sharing your perspective. I agree that for the most part we need to be sensible, but every once in a while I think it doesn't hurt to give in to something we love even if it may not be considered healthful. What good is a life that is devoid of any pleasure at all? After all, we all die eventually anyway, so why not enjoy a few things (within reason) along the journey?


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Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago

This is a wonderful hub. Thank you for setting people straight on eating and living.


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Deborah-Diane 3 years ago from Orange County, California

I believe we should all live a balanced life. In the Presbyterian Church my husband and I attended as young adults, the minister taught that we should enjoy everything in moderation. There is nothing wrong with enjoying alcoholic beverages, sugary sweets and other "vices" as long as we experience them in moderation and in balance with living a life that includes fresh air, exercise and healthy food.


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mperrottet 3 years ago from Pennsauken, NJ

Mmmmm - peach pie - one of my favorites. Funny hub, and the message is true - it's so important to enjoy your life, while still maintaining a healthy lifestyle. In fact, any successful diet maintains the same principle - you need a break occasionally from all the restrictions. Moderation is the key - and I really feel like some peach pie right now. Voted up, funny, interesting and useful!


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Peggy W 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

I had a friend who went to Italy on vacation one time and not a bite of pasta passed her lips. Now that she is older (and perhaps wiser?) I notice that she is no longer as regimented. She even eats desserts! You are so right...we are all going to die. A bit of moderation goes a long way. Now you have me thinking of your peach pie and your cheesecake! Ha! UUFI votes and sharing.


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Au fait 4 years ago from North Texas Author

Agree that one can put too regimented in their health rules to the point where one never enjoys life. Thank you Nicole S for reading and commenting on my hub! Have a great weekend!


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Nicole S 4 years ago from Minnesota

Awesome hub! I'm always saying 'you only live once' for dessert once in a while. You have to enjoy the little things while you can!


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Au fait 4 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you bryanbaldwin for taking time to read and comment on my hub. Agree with you that balance and moderation win the day!


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Au fait 4 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you forlanda for reading and commenting on my hub! Agree that any diet plan that is so rigid one can never eat their favorite and most loved foods is doomed to failure. What's the point of living longer if one can't enjoy it?


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bryanbaldwin 4 years ago from Los Angeles

You can overdo anything.... balance is key.


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Au fait 4 years ago from North Texas Author

moonlake, thank you for taking time to read and comment on my hub! It's odd how heavy drinkers seem to think vitamins will make up for real food isn't it? I've heard a drink of alcohol or wine everyday is good for a person, but some people believe in that adage, "If one is good, then more is better." And there is their downfall! ;) Imagine if we did that with salt -- a pinch may make the soup better, but a whole container? Moderation is usually the best. Thanks again, moonlake.


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Au fait 4 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you Brett.Tesol for reading and commenting and sharing! Agree with you Pop. I also think people should be able to have the things they love and enjoy from time to time even if they are made with fully saturated fat. Also, one should be able to engage in fun activities they love for as long as they're able.


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forlanda 4 years ago from US of A

There human body is an awesome machine. Through it we can experience a few of life's pleasures. Depriving yourself of the joy of good tasting food is generally not good, especially when you are trying to ls weight. Even a well known book on weight loss and fitness--titled "Body for Life"--has in its plan one day of indulging yourself to your food cravings. And it does state that depring yourself of such cravings will eventually cause you to gain more weight than you started with.

Bottom line: once in a while you need to eat what crave, until you taste buds develop a taste for healthier food.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America

I neighbor use to tell us about all the vitamins we should take and we would live longer. While he sat around all day drinking from morning until night. Enjoyed reading your hub. Voted Up.


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Brett.Tesol 4 years ago from Somewhere in Asia

Anything can be overdone, and this is where anything can become bad for you. As pops used to say "Everything in moderation". This will lead to a middle road, of a reasonably healthy and yet fun life.

Shared, up and interesting.


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Au fait 4 years ago from North Texas Author

tillsontitan: Thank you for your much appreciated comments!

Living in a healthful way is good, but I think life should have some fun in it too, and should be enjoyed. The most valuable thing anyone has is their time -- and you never know how much of it you have no matter how careful you may be about what you eat and what activities you engage in! Once spent or lost, you can never get time back, or make some more. Time is more valuable than money. Take time to smell the flowers and have some fun. Sometimes the only pleasure some people can afford is food . . .


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York

:) Funny you should write this. We had two friends in particular who were extremely health conscious and both have died of heart attacks. Not saying, just planting the seed. You are so right, total deprivation of sugar or butter just makes you miserable. Like in everything "all things in moderation" unless of course you have a physical limitation that rules out your eating them. I like the way you approached the subject. Voted up and interesting and funny. Thanks for SHARING.


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Au fait 4 years ago from North Texas Author

You add some interesting comments to the conversation.

Thanks for SHARING!


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Brett.Tesol 4 years ago from Somewhere in Asia

Voted up and interesting. A lot of what you say is VERY true! Many of the 'low fat' products are high in calories, or contain flavor additives that are not good for you.

Thanks for SHARING.


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Au fait 4 years ago from North Texas Author

nityanandagaurang: Thank you for your comment!


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nityanandagaurang 4 years ago

what fun left in your life when you can't eat the things you like.eat what you like then you will be happy.very nice hub Au fait.


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Au fait 4 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you again Jonny, for your comments. Hope your diet is not too messed up as a result of reading! ;)


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Jonny windows 4 years ago from u.k.

i like this ,its all so true, heck we"re only on this earth once so lets enjoy it. now wheres that jumbo cheescake and the jar of chocolate shapes that i will melt over it ....... only kidding,im on a diet at the moment but deep down i know i want some of your cheescake


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Au fait 4 years ago from North Texas Author

There is more to life than sweets, but sweets and other good foods like salad and veggies, which I love, are affordable for more people than mansions and Cadillacs or even a trip to one's favorite far off location. Most of the things that would make my life comfortable are not expensive, but they are too expensive for me at the moment. I can still afford chocolate-chip pancakes -- barely.

Sorry to hear that chocolate causes so much pain. Migraines are horrible.

Thank you for commenting Shyron!


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Shyron E Shenko 4 years ago

Is it possible to live such a healthful lifestyle that there’s no fun left in your life?

There is more to life than sweet stuff, but agree with you on most points, except chocolate is my migraine trigger, it is easier to avoid it.


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Au fait 4 years ago from North Texas Author

I will probably share the chocolate chip pancake recipe one of these days, but I haven't really decided about the peach pie. Probably not on the cheesecake. Thank you Aunt Jimi for your comments. I really appreciate everyone's comments very much.


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Aunt Jimi 4 years ago from The reddest of the Red states!

Hope your planning to share your recipes for cheesecake, peach pie, and chocolate-chip pancakes with us soon! Yes, I did get a little chuckle.


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Au fait 4 years ago from North Texas Author

Shalini Kagal: Thank you for reading and taking time to comment. I appreciate it so much, and I like your honesty!


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Au fait 4 years ago from North Texas Author

Alecia: I like your healthy attitude! Thank you for your comments!


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Au fait 4 years ago from North Texas Author

Pcunix: I understand your point. I lost a lot of weight a few years ago and felt much better as a result. Being considerably overweight is no fun, and truthfully, peach pie doesn't make up for the disadvantages. Older people whose metabolism has slowed down may not be able to take a day off from their diet every week like I did. They might have to be content with just one or two treats a week and then as much as possible of the low calorie sort. But again, one must decide for themselves what is more important to them, living a long life, or a shorter more enjoyable life.

Mostly, I wanted to write something funny just for the heck of it to see if I could. Thank you Pcunix, for reading and commenting. I appreciate it very much.


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Au fait 4 years ago from North Texas Author

Bob, I'm glad if you got a smile or a chuckle. It was my intention to try to write something funny. It seems to me that's one of the hardest things there is to write -- funny.

Mainly I think sometimes people get too serious and forget that life is meant to be enjoyed as much as possible. It's good to be moderate, but it can be just what the doctor ordered to take a break from all the stress of counting calories and weighing in once in a while. You only live once, so why make it tedious? You don't get to do the fun round next time.

Au Fait xx


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Shalini Kagal 4 years ago from India

I totally agree! And looking at those mouthwatering pictures, gimme delicious over depriving myself any day!


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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

I think it is about smart choices and enjoying yourself instead of depriving yourself and looking good. Nobody looks good forever and if they do, they're more than likely miserable because they can't enjoy themselves. Enjoyed reading this hub!


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Pcunix 4 years ago from SE MA

Yes, I don't disagree, but..

We have neighbors who are both very overweight and don't care about healthy food or exercise. They laugh at our "fussiness" and say "You'll die too, you know".

Well, sure. But we'll probably be older, it probably won't be from a heart attack or stroke and we'll be enjoying our lives a lot more. And yes, we like some "bad" stuff now and then - we just make sure that most of it is not. No "stress", just smart choices.


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diogenes 4 years ago from UK and Mexico

Hiya: I just LOVE this funny, hub full of practical advice that may hasten the demise of the odd hubber, but who needs the straigh-laced p----s anyway!

I just wonder if all these anal folk realize how stressed they are over their weight and appearance and how much stress kills!

I am salivating for peach pie now!

Bobx

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